Sony sold almost a million Playstation 2 consoles in the product's first weekend after its release in Japan, instantly boosting sales of DVDs in the country.
The games giant said the sales figures were 10 times that of the original Playstation console, rolled out five years ago.
Sales figures for Playstation 2 include those sold on the internet.
Sony's decision to include a DVD player in the console has also boosted the sales of DVDs in Japan. Retailers reported that sales of DVDs quadrupled over the weekend, thanks to the launch. The 128bit console is expected to ship in Europe and the US later this year.
Sony has billed Playstation 2 as the "entertainment platform for the home". The electronics giant claims that the console's cinema-quality graphics and DVD-Rom drive put it years ahead of the PC and on a par with advanced workstations used by engineers.
Critics believe that Sony has made a mistake by not including a modem in the console - something rival vendor Sega has done in its Dreamcast.
Sony is unlikely to ship an internet connection for PlayStation 2 until next year.
The vendor argues that a modem is pointless at this stage as few people have broadband access, making it too slow for the console's high-quality graphics.
Meanwhile, software vendor Microsoft is shortly expected to release details of its own games console, dubbed X-Box.
The device, which is not expected to be released until 2001, will essentially contain all the components of a traditional PC, such as a hard drive and PC-type processors, and will also be internet-compatible.
The X-Box will be positioned against Playstation 2 and Dreamcast. Games developed for the console will run on a stripped-down version of the Windows operating system.
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