PlayStation 3 Sales Reach 70 Million Units Worldwide

Sony has announced that since the console’s launch in November 2006, 70 million PlayStation 3 units have been sold worldwide. There are presently over 3,590 games published for the PS3, with over 595 million units sold worldwide.

The PlayStation Move motion controller system has sold 15 million units since its launch in September 2010 and is now supported by over 400 compatible titles.

In September, Sony released of the Super Slim model of the PS3, which is the smallest and most energy-efficient version to date while still boasting the largest HDD sizes.

The PlayStation Network launched alongside the PlayStation 3 in November 2006 and now operates in 59 territories, offering 170,000 pieces of downloadable content. Only 57,000 of those DLC pieces are game-related; the rest are entertainment applications including movies, music and sports. The PlayStation store was re-launched in October in Europe, South America and the US.


via VG247

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3 Comments on PlayStation 3 Sales Reach 70 Million Units Worldwide

Kami

On November 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

I think that’s fantastic and I congratulate Sony on it. The PS3 has not had an easy life – developers criticised the Cell processor, the whole Blu-ray thing, the initial PR lunacy that insulted and belittled their most avoid and loyal userbase and not to mention the whole PSN Hacking fiasco and Sony’s current financial woes. Oh, and the Skyrim thing.

It’s easy to forget that there are some damned fine games on the machine as well though, truly great pieces of entertainment and there are more to come (The Last of Us makes my insides go all gooey and mushy! Want that! Want that now if not sooner!). I’m sure Sony must be disappointed in the sales numbers deep down, but it’s been an extraordinary six years and the machine has been on a rollercoaster of highs and lows.

It certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry when the next-gen kicks off. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.

R.J.

On November 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Something else worth noting is that sales for the PS3 have all but pulled even with the Xbox. MS announced 70 million units sold last month. It is fairly impressive that Sony was able to catch up despite the one year head start and the various instance of trouble they’ve had over the last six years. It is easy to look at how they have botched things, such as initial pricing, the PSN hacking, etc, but clearly Sony is doing something right, too.

Glen

On November 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

Without wanting to denigrate 70m sales, which is obviously a very high number and well deserved for such a good console, the fact remains that it’s miles below what was expected by this stage in its cycle on its release. Sony is in some respects quite lucky that 360 has undersold on its expectation as well. Hell, even Wii seems to have stalled. Then again, Sony’s its own worst enemy in that respect anyway, since it was their PS2′s ridiculously high sales that will always – probably unfairly – be used as the yard stick for present and future systems.