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PS3 sales almost double in the US

By Phil Elliott

Fri 17 Oct 2008 8:12am GMT / 4:12am EDT / 1:12am PDT

Sony's flagship platform sees strong growth year-on-year, while software also rockets

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Sony has reported that following over 232,000 units of the PlayStation 3 sold in the US in September, sales of the console are now up by 94 per cent year-on-year, and up by 25 per cent over August.

Additionally, according to a statement, software is also performing strongly, with sales up year-on-year by over 130 per cent at 1.72 million units.

The PlayStation Portable meanwhile sold 238,000 units, while the PlayStation 2 shifted 174,000 - taking the latter's lifetime sales in the US market to 42.9 million.

Sony also released information about earnings during September, with the PlayStation brand as a whole taking USD 379 million during the month, making a year-to-date total of USD 4.03 billion - an increase of 20 per cent over this time last year.

Total hardware sales was USD 160.5 million in September - up 11 per cent over last year - while software was USD 180 million, up 17 per cent.

Jack Tretton, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, labelled the results as "solid".

"We remain confident that our footing is solid as we enter the holiday season this year," he said. "Our new 80GB PS3 model has made its way to retail shelves and into consumers' living rooms as the best value for both their gaming and entertainment needs.

"If the impressive pre-sale numbers and ratings for LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, and Resistance 2 are any indication, we anticipate hardware and software sales to continue to lift in October as we officially kick off the broadest and deepest software line-up this holiday, including LittleBigPlanet, SOCOM: Confrontation, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and NBA '09: The Inside."

The full breakdown of hardware and software sales in the NPD September results is available now.

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