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Sony announces 70 million PS3s shipped

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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012, 2:32:02 AM PST

Tokyo, November 16, 2012-Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the cumulative sales of the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system reached a milestone of 70 million units*1 worldwide as of November 4, 2012 - less than six years after the platform launched in 2006. SCE also announced that sales of the PlayStation®Move motion controller surpassed 15 million units*1 worldwide as of November 11, demonstrating continued growth and momentum of the PS3® platform.

The PS3® system has delivered high quality, award-winning entertainment experiences since its launch. Throughout its lifecycle, the PS3® system has continued to evolve with more streamlined design, larger Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, and new features through software updates. In September 2012, SCE launched the new PS3® system, which has a reduced volume and weight of more than 50 percent compared totheoriginalPS3® model, and of25percent and 20 percent respectively compared to the slim PS3® model launched in 2009. The new PS3® has been well received by consumers around the world.

Along with the introduction of PS3® in November 2006, SCE launched PlayStation®Network, which now operates in 59 countries and regions*2 around the world. PlayStation®Network supports free community-centric online gameplay, exclusive games from independent developers and major publishers, and a broad range of entertainment applications across movies, music, and sports. PS3® owners can access 170,000 downloadable digital content including 57,000 game content worldwide from PlayStation®Network*3. In October 2012, SCE redesigned PlayStation®Store for PS3®, offering a more streamlined and accessible store experience, including a stunning new user interface, simple search, and powerful content discovery. The new store is now available in Europe and North and Latin America with more countries and regions to follow.

PlayStation®Plus, the subscription service package on PlayStation®Store that offers exclusive benefits such as discounts on games or online storage for game saves, started to offer an "Instant Game Collection" in North America and Europe in July 2012. The Instant Game Collection enables PS Plus members to enjoy popular titles from third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios at no extra cost. SCE has also enhanced the content offering for PS Plus members in Japan in November.

Introduced in September 2010, the PlayStation®Move motion controller that enables users to intuitively play games is now supported by a wide range of titles with more than 400 as of November 2012, including Sports Champions, Everybody's Golf 5, and Sorcery (Sony Computer Entertainment). Additionally, this month marks the global launch of Wonderbook™, a new peripheral that delivers the next evolution of storytelling and a unique experience exclusively on PS3®. Wonderbook*4 uses the PlayStation®Eye camera to take augmented reality to spectacular new places, while drawing players into new worlds and allowing them to interact with stories as they tilt or rotate it, or simply turn the pages*5.

PS3® has gained tremendous support from 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide. Cumulative number of software titles for PS3® reached 3,590 with more than 595 million units sold worldwide*6. More exciting and attractive new titles are to be released from third party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios, including RYU-GA-GOTOKU 5 (SEGA Corporation), Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 (TECMO KOEI GAMES CO.,LTD.) towards the holiday season. In addition, software titles that support "cross platform feature" such as Everybody's Golf 6, LittleBigPlanet 2: Cross Controller Pack(Sony Computer Entertainment) are also expected to be released. With these titles, SCE will deliver a ground-breaking gaming experience by leveraging the capabilities of both PS3® and PlayStation®Vita.

SCE will continue to further expand the PS3® platform and create a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation®.

*1 Sell-in number

*2 As of September 30, 2012.

*3 As of November 14, 2012.

*4 Title which only needs PS Eye and Wonderbook to enjoy will become available.

*5 Wonderbook launced on November 13 in North America and on November 14 in Europe/PAL territories.

*6 As of September 30, 2012.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 2:47:48 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012, 2:49:26 AM PST
Wraith says:
I wonder how many Wonderbooks will sell.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 2:54:21 AM PST
Nicos says:
Jim Sterling gave a pretty conservative estimate of 6 million units by Q1 2013.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 3:05:06 AM PST
According to a fellow member of the VGF, Wonderbook is on top of every child's Christmas list this year.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 4:39:54 AM PST
Xavier 7 says:
50 Vitas sold though.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:03:11 AM PST
Waldo says:
I like how the OP's main headline says "shipped", yet in the actual artice and other articles I've read from other sites actually use the word, "sold"! Just pointing it out since haters always argue over shipped and sold.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:13:11 AM PST
Waldo says:
Here's a shortned version:

PS3 "Sales" Hit 70 Million Worldwide
Figure comes less than a month after Microsoft confirmed Xbox 360 sales of the same number.

Sony Computer Entertainment has today announced PlayStation 3 "sales" have hit 70 million units worldwide as of November 4, 2012. The figure was reached just under six years after the platform launched in 2006.

Sony has also announced that sales of the PlayStation Move motion controller exceeded 15 million units worldwide as of November 11. Software sales have hit 595 million units sold worldwide.

Of particular interest is the fact that, based on these figures, sales of the PlayStation 3 appear to be only narrowly off those of the Xbox 360. It was revealed last month via Microsoft's latest earnings report sales of the Xbox 360 had eclipsed 70 million units.


And just in case anyone forgets, XBox 360 came out a WHOLE year BEFORE the PS3. So for the PS3 to have already caught up to XBox 360 sales is amazing!

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:13:54 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 5:14:04 AM PST
Tell me something. By using the word "sales" is Sony referring to sold-in or sold-through?

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:16:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 16, 2012, 5:18:32 AM PST
Waldo says:
@ DDustiNN

Sony didn't just immediately announce this right after XBox. This was like 2 months later! Calm down, you act like this is some sort of conspiracy just to p i $ $ you off! lol

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:24:29 AM PST
Oh look....both systems have been a success....

Or we can argue...

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 5:24:57 AM PST
Phranctoast says:
They're talking about sell in which means sold to retailers or shipped. For comparison, MS also does this making the topic moot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:03:33 AM PST
JWK says:
Quick! Put "sales" in quotations again.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:05:02 AM PST
"Quick! Put "sales" in quotations again."


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Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 6:07:44 AM PST
Waldo says:
" " " " " " " " " " " " " "

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:12:31 AM PST
Idle Moment says:
Calm down dood.
From his posts previously I'm pretty sure DDustiNN favors his PS3 over his 360 anyway - he's definitely not a fanboy.

As far as I'm concerned, Well Done to Sony for having reached this milestone.
It's actually especially impressive considering how badly they screwed up the launch of the PS3.
They may have made some monumentally stupid decisions at launch, but they have done a pretty decent job of swinging the masses back into their playgound in the latter half of this gen.

Personally I think the numbers are not going to be as evenly balanced next gen - considering many of the dumb decisions Microsoft has made recently.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 6:14:22 AM PST
Waldo says:
As long as Xbox keeps milking Halo & Gears of War, XBox will be fine next gen as well!

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 6:15:39 AM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Did we win yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:19:09 AM PST
Yes....you get not one, but two thumbs up....savor them!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:19:55 AM PST
Idle Moment says:
Thats probably true.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:20:28 AM PST
got mayo?™ says:
Not yet, maybe in 2013.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 6:23:58 AM PST
John McClane says:

Posted on Nov 16, 2012, 6:24:47 AM PST
Waldo says:

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 6:25:27 AM PST
J. Pardee says:
1 beeeeelion!

I already bought one of them but I am considering buying at least a dozen more.
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