Jim Ryan Confirms: PlayStation 2 Dominates with 160 Million Sold

As reported by the official PlayStation podcast, confirmed by Jim Ryan, the former President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), the global sales of the PlayStation 2 have reached an astonishing 160 million units.

During the interview, Jim Ryan not only shared his experiences at Sony but also discussed the future trajectory of the company. When asked about his impression of the PlayStation during the 2000s, Ryan reflected, “The most memorable aspect of that era’s PlayStation would undoubtedly be the PS2. We sold a remarkable 160 million units of the PS2, an exceptionally high sales figure.”

In 2018, Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at Niko Partners, stated on the Resetera forum that, as of March 2007, the PS2 had shipped 117.9 million units. Between the aforementioned date and March 2012, an additional 39.5 million PS2 units were sold, bringing the total sales to 155.1 million. One year later, by March 2013, the combined shipments of the PS3 and PS2 totaled 16.5 million units, indicating that the PS2 continued to be distributed during this period. Given that the PS3’s sales were 80 million units at the time, it can be inferred that the PS2’s sales approached 4 million units in this period.

Since its launch, the PS2 has remained the best-selling console in the gaming industry. Currently, the Nintendo DS ranks second on the sales chart with 154.02 million units, closely followed by the Nintendo Switch with 139.36 million units. Throughout its lifespan, the PS2 provided players with numerous classic games, including “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas,” “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City,” “Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater,” “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty,” and “God of War,” among others.

Furthermore, it’s noteworthy that Jim Ryan officially retired from SIE on April 1st, with Hiroki Totoki taking over as the interim CEO on the same day.