90 million places to play 'Grand Theft Auto'

Sony's computer entertainment division has now shipped 90 million of its PlayStation 2 gaming consoles into the wild. In a statement on Monday, the company said it is particularly proud of the fact that it put 16.17 million of the sleek black boxes on store shelves in 2004 alone.

In hindsight, Sony confessed it took the company five years and three months to reach the 90 million mark. But that's still two years and three months faster than it took the original PlayStation to sell more than 100 million units in total, the company said.

Sony is now working on the follow-up PlayStation 3, which is expected to debut after Microsoft's Xbox 360 later this year. The new PS3 will include a 3.2GHz Cell chip developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba' wireless controllers; a detachable 2.5-inch hard drive, slots for CompactFlash and Sony's Memory Stick media and a built-in Wi-Fi connection.

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