PlayStation 3 install base reaches 23 million worldwide

Lifetime sales figures revealed; software nears 190 million units

The PlayStation 3 has sold 23.8 million units from launch until June 30 2009, according to lifetime sales figures released by Sony.

Software sales - which include all publishers, and PSN titles as well as retail ones - reached a total of 189.7 million during the same period.

The numbers follow Sony's first quarterly financials, released last week, which showed sales of both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable were down on last year. Sales for the overall PlayStation business, which includes Viao PCs, were down 37.4 per cent year-on-year, resulting in a JPY 37.1 billion loss compared to a profit of JPY 35 billion seen during the same three months the year prior.

Shipments of Microsoft's Xbox 360 have now surpassed 30 million, according to the company, while worldwide Wii shipments had reached 50 million on March 25 2009.

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