Sony Ships 1 Million PS3s to North America9 Jan, 2007 By: John Latchem
LAS VEGAS — Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) took the opportunity at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce it shipped more than 1 million units of the PlayStation 3 video game console to North American retailers by the end of 2006.
The milestone comes six weeks after a Nov. 17 launch that saw only half of the intended 400,000 units hit North American shelves because of production delays. Available consoles quickly sold out.
"SCEA went to great lengths to help meet demand for PS3, including airlifting systems into North America on a weekly basis to ensure a steady stream of units were available to consumers throughout the holiday season," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA.
SCEA reported PS3 reached the 1 million mark faster than either the original PlayStation or PS2, which combined have shipped more than 200 million units and 2 billion software units worldwide. The PS2 also remains a hot seller.
Sony also pushed its PlayStation Portable (PSP) with a number of expanded features, such as TivoToGo, which allows users to watch TV transferred from TiVo units to the PSP; increased support for viewing podcasts; and a remote play feature to stream media content from a PS3 to a PSP.