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Japan Chooses PS2 over PS3?

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A classic case of competing with self!

According to figures published Friday by a research company, Media Create that receives data from nearly 3,000 stores around Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment's seven year old console PlayStation 2 has beaten its brand new PlayStation 3 in terms of sales in late January.

Media Create figures say that for the week beginning Jan 22 through Jan 28, sales of PS2 totaled 20,995 units, whereas those of PS3 totaled 19,996.

No doubt a small margin, but significant nevertheless!

Since PS3's Japan launch on Nov 11, Sony had set itself a target of shipping 2 million PS3 consoles word-wide by end-2006; which somehow spilt-over to mid-January 2007.

While sales of PS2 tipped, Sony has now set a target of shipping 6 million PS3 consoles word-wide by end-March 2007.

A closer look reveals that the PS2 is cheaper at Yen 16,000 (AUD$169) than the PS3 at Yen 49,980 ($529) or Yen 59,980 ($635), and has a string of software titles to its credit. Naturally, it is attracting more customers...

However, Sony maintains that the PS3 will ultimately win the race, as more and more titles become available...

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