The PS2 was the most popular video game console in history. It's a tough act to follow.
As the PlayStation 3 continues to chip away at Microsoft's worldwide lead in this generation, we have to remind ourselves how much further it has to go before it can overtake its predecessor. If the PS3 has sold 46.6 million worldwide, former Sony boss Phil Harrison says, "yeah, but let's not forget the PS2 sold 100 million more than that." It'll be a "difficult challenge" for the PS3 to top that number, he told Eurogamer . Thing is, times have changed and the situation has changed. Said Harrison:
"I hope PS3 can match PS2, but I think the market dynamics are slightly different. It's much more competitive. For a large chunk of its life-cycle, the PS2 didn't really have any competition anywhere in the world. So Sony was able to sell a huge number of units. If PS3 does reach the same level it will take longer and it will be a more difficult challenge."
This was in reply to SCEE president Chris Deering, who had recently said he thought the PS3 could indeed beat the PS2, given time. Deering's point is that Sony sold far more PS2 Slims than "fat" PS2s and the PS3 Slim has only been out for a couple of years. Of course, we should also note that while the PS2 has been on the market for over 10 years now, the PS3 has just entered its 5th year of existence. Can it take down the PS2 some time down the road?
Well, only time will tell.