Worldwide PlayStation 3 sales reach 80 million
posted on 11.06.13 at 01:05 AM EDT by (@salromano)
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PlayStation 3 has sold-in over 80 million units worldwide, Sony Computer Entertainment has announced.

The platform has seen many renditions since its November 2006 launch. In February, Sony released “Azurite Blue” and “Garnet Red” colors of the system. And most recently, in August, Sony launched a new 12 gigabyte flash memory model in North America.

With PlayStation 4 due out next week in North America, PlayStation 3 still has a large lineup of big titles on the way, like Gran Turismo 6 on December 6. Over 300 titles are to be released from first and third-party publishers this holiday season, Sony said.

Find the full press release below.

PlayStation 3 Sales Reach 80 Million Units Worldwide

The PS3 System Continues to Grow with more than 300 Software Titles Launching this Holiday Season Globally, Including “Gran Turismo 6″

TOKYO, Nov. 6, 2013 — Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system has reached a milestone of 80 million units*1 worldwide as of November 2, 2013. Now in its seventh year, the PS3 system has demonstrated continued growth and momentum.

The PS3 system has delivered high quality entertainment experiences since its launch and has continuously evolved through system software updates and by adding new features such as upscaling PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games as well as DVD, DLNA client function and 3D stereoscopic games support. In February 2013, SCE released the PS3 system in new “Azurite Blue” and “Garnet Red” colors. In August 2013, the price of the PS3 with 12GB flash memory was reduced in Europe and it was introduced in North America. By offering a variety of products to meet various needs and lifestyles, the PS3 system has been well received by a wide range of gamers.

The PS3 system continues to gain strong support from 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide with the cumulative number of software titles released for the PS3 system reaching 4,332 worldwide*2. Among them are smash hit title, The Last of Us, which sold 3.4 million units in less than three weeks when it launched in June 2013*3, and the critically acclaimed title, Journey, that won six awards at the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards and became the first video game in Grammy Award history to be nominated for Best Score Soundtrack. More than 300 software titles are to be released from third party developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) this holiday season*4 globally, including Gran Turismo 6 (GT6), the latest installment to the wildly popular Gran Turismo franchise that has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide*5.

Furthermore, exciting blockbuster titles such as Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, Inc), Assassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag™ (Ubisoft Entertainment.), Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and NBA 2K14(2K Games) have also gained high praise.

When the PS3 system was first released in November 2006, SCE also launched PSNSM, an online multiplayer gaming and digital entertainment service, which now operates in 59 countries around the world with more than 150 million cumulative registered accounts*6. Launched alongside the PS3 system and in conjunction with PSN, PlayStation Store (PS Store) offers a variety of downloadable digital content where PS3 system owners can select from a global catalogue of more than 222,000 digital content options, including 72,000 game content*7.

In addition, the PlayStation Plus (PS Plus) membership service became available in June 2010, providing access to exclusive discounts on PS Store, free games on PS platforms, demos and automatic system updates. The Instant Game Collection was added to PS Plus in North America and in Europe on June 2012, enabling PS Plus members to enjoy popular titles from third-party developers and publishers, as well as SCE WWS, at no extra cost. SCE has also continued to enrich the PS Plus service in other countries and regions. For example in Japan, more titles have been added on “Free Play”, a service similar to “Instant Game Collection”, giving Japanese PS Plus members access to more than 150 games. *8

Since its introduction in September 2010, the PlayStation Move motion controller has enabled users to play games intuitively while enhancing the interactive gameplay experience. Utilizing the power of the motion sensor, Wonderbook™, a peripheral that delivers the evolution of storytelling through the Augmented Reality (AR) technology via PlayStation Eye, launched two titles globally in November 2012. Wonderbook: Book of Spells and Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler*8 have been well received since their release. Exciting new titles such as Wonderbook: Book of Potions and Wonderbook: Walking With Dinosaurs will be released this holiday season*9 and SCE will introduce Wonderbook in Japan.

As the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system launches November 15, 2013 in North America and November 29, 2013 in Latin America and Europe, SCE will continue to expand the PlayStation ecosystem, which includes the continual support of gaming and digital entertainment content on PS3 systems.

*1 – Sell-in number
*2 – As of September 30, 2013. Excluding download software titles.
*3 – As of July 3,2013 including both Blu-ray Disc™ sell-in quantities and download version sales
*4 – Total number of both Blu-ray Disc™ and download version that will be released from November 1 to December 31, 2013 in various regions. The title to be released will vary by regions.
*5 – As of the end of March, 2013
*6 – As of September 19, 2013
*7 – As of October 31, 2013
*8 – As of November 6, 2013
*9 – The launching of these titles in Japan and the other Asian regions is yet to be determined.

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  • DrForbidden

    What’s ‘sell-in number’?

    EDIT: Found it. ‘Sell-in’ refers to the number of orders from retailers and distributors. Basically, it’s the number of PS3s Sony manufactured and shipped out to fill orders.

  • RickWerz

    The PS2 was at 120 million by this point in its lifetime.

  • bloodiOS

    I wonder if it’ll surpass the Xbox 360’s worldwide sale once Gran Turismo 6 is released.

    • Mark

      definitely, it will pass it.

    • Get_crazy

      The PS3 has already surpassed the Xbox 360

    • miyamoto

      it will hit 100 million next fiscal year surpassing 360 and the wii

      • Kevadu

        The PS3 launches in 2006 so it got to 80 million in 7 years. That’s a bit over 10 million a year on average. Yet you think it’s going to sell 20 million in the next year even though its successor is already being launched? I’m not saying that PS3 sales are going to die off right away, there’s still a lot coming out for it. But that seems *very* optimistic…

      • papermario

        0 percent chance it hits 100

        • miyamoto

          Gaikai will extend the life of the ps3
          300 titles just this holiday season and next year Gaikai.
          I see $199.00 PS3’s flying off the shelves!!!

          100 million next year 2014, baby!

    • TheBlackRabbit

      Wait it already passed 360….

      • Guest

        These numbers confirm that it didn’t and many analists and VGChartz were DEAD WRONG.

  • syaznifaiq

    next target . 100 million

    • miyamoto

      300 titles just this holiday season and next year Gaikai.
      I see $199.00 PS3’s flying off the shelves!!!

      100 million next year 2014, baby!

  • shogunknight

    Wow, what a number. If this continues it may actually exceed Wii or PS2 lifetime sales

    • Kevadu

      Eh, that’s pretty darn unlikely at this point in the game. Well, Wii *maybe*. If they can keep selling PS3s for a while after the PS4 launches. PS2, not a chance.

      • shogunknight

        Well they did say they’d continue to support the PS3 after PS4s release, PS2 ended after a 12 year cycle and 40 million PS2s were sold post launch of PS3. So i wouldnt rule out the possibility just yet

        • Miles Taven

          75 million more PS3s sold? Are you freaking kidding? No dude. The PS3 is going to ship around 9m this year and it’ll dwindle. It’s not going to suddenly shoot up to 155 million, or anywhere close. Like Kevadu said, 105m to overtake Wii isn’t even guaranteed. Doesn’t matter how much Sony support it, matters how much retailers and consumers support it.

          • shogunknight

            Yeah, i guess the same was said for PS2 during PS3s launch, or Wii during WiiUs. Its just a possibility, and no one here can forsee the future. 360 may as well reach that milestone, no one knows for sure. People are still clinging on to their PS3s and 360s even with next gens arrival and they are both still being manufactured. Its not something to rule out, thats just it.

    • Stealth

      it wont ever hit wii

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        Yeah but the fact remains the PS1 was the First console to ever sell 100 million Worldwide. In fact PS1 went on to sell 102.5 Million consoles.

        • Stealth

          so?

      • miyamoto

        PS3 will coexist with PS4 and PS Vita TV because it is very much a capable Gaikai machine.

        Like the PSP, outlast the DS, it will outlast its contemporary machine the Wii and 360.

        Sony makes the best hardware in the planet.

        100 million is easy peasy lemon squeezie XD

    • Guest

      Haha, never. DS will surpass the PS2 though.

      • Lelouch Vi Britannia

        PS2 has sold 155 Million.
        DS has sold 153 Million.

  • Elvick

    Deserves 100 million more in my opinion.

    • miyamoto

      PS3 will coexist with PS4 and PS Vita TV because it is very much a capable Gaikai machine.

      Like the PSP, outlast the DS, it will outlast its contemporary machine the Wii and 360.

      Sony makes the best hardware in the planet.

  • PrinceHeir

    congrats Sony!

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    enough with saying Pauperstation. It’s insulting. How would you like it if I called Xbox “Slutbox”. Now seriously stop saying Sh*t like this its degrading and “Guest” you are looking like a teenager talking like this on the internet.

    I don’t hate Xbox I was just making an example.

  • $18114340

    heh. slutbox.