"LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The video game arm of Japanese media and electronics giant Sony Corp (news - web sites). said on Thursday that its PlayStation 2 (news - web sites) video game console has reached a global installed base of 30 million units.
The majority of those units -- 11.3 million in total -- are in North America, followed by 9.9 million units in Japan and the rest of Asia and 8.8 million units in Europe.
The company said that total base includes 4 million units sold since February. Industry executives expect the U.S. base alone to reach as many as 15 million units by year's-end.
The company also said it would announce "some new business developments" for hardware, software and online gaming at the game industry's Electronic Entertainment Expo, which starts on May 20 in Los Angeles.
Industry analysts widely expect that Sony may cut the U.S. price of the PS2 to $199 from $299 at the show, particularly if Microsoft makes a similar price cut.
Sony has also said it will release an adapter in August for PS2 to enable both dial-up and high-speed Internet access and online gaming through the console."
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