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PS3 hits 38 million sales globally

16 million units now sold in Europe; Slim release last year when console "sprang to life"

The PlayStation 3 has now sold 38 million units globally since its launch in 2006/7, with 16 million of those coming in Europe.

Those were the latest numbers revealed by Sony at this year's Gamescom press conference, with SCEE president Andrew House claiming last year's release of the PS3 Slim was the moment the console "sprang to life".

Meanwhile he added that software sales were up 38 per cent, with Metacritic scores averaging at 80 per cent, compared to 77 per cent for the Xbox 360.

New SKUs of the console were priced at $400 / 350 / 285 for a 320GB edition with PlayStation Move, while the 160GB edition will cost $300 / 300 / 250 and replace the existing SKU over time - with both being available from September 15.

The launch of an online classic film service, MUBI, was also announced and will be available from October, while House also revealed that the PlayStation Network now has a 70 per cent connection rate.

Rounding off the hardware section of the conference, House noted PlayStation Portable sales at 9.9 million for the past year, while PlayStation 2 sales now top 146 million globally, with a further 6 million projected for this year.

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
It's interesting that more than 42% of PS3 sales are in Europe - I never imagined the figures would be so high. I would be interested to see a more detailed breakdown, showing sales per territory, and how they compare to the Xbox 360 specifically.

I suppose we generally don't have to wait too long, but it would be nice if some games such as those from Level-5 were localised a bit faster.
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James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester6 years ago
That is 38 million sold into retail if memory serves me, actual sales are 1.5 million lower. It is doing well though, very well infact but the amount of market share they lost this generation has been astonishing. Microsoft have doubled the sales of original Xbox and will probably triple those numbers by end of life. PS3 will be lucky to make it to 50% of the PS2 numbers though as that console was a phenomenon. Next generation will be very interesting, not sure Sony can afford to let Microsoft get the drop on them again and Nintendo will need something a bit more competitive on the hardware side because they cannot rely on the motion control gimmick next time around.
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.6 years ago
Terence, Europe has always been a Sony stronghold. Nintendo never made a solid footing there as Sega and those computer based consoles of old dominated the early generations. And Sony, already having a solid presence with their electronics divisions, easily took over Europe. It helped them further that they absorbed many European studios into their own first party fabric. MS also failed to grasp Europe the way Sony had because of the propensity to cater to a largely American audience.

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