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PSN downloads climb to almost 8m in January

According to data released by Sony Computer Entertainment America, downloads via the PlayStation Network increased to 7.9 million in January, 2008.

According to data released by Sony Computer Entertainment America, downloads via the PlayStation Network increased to 7.9 million in January, 2008.

That's up from the 6.6 million the previous month, with Sony also stating that 52 million pieces of content have been downloaded from the PlayStation Store since it went live with the launch of the PlayStation 3 in the US.

The company now has 2.9 million registered PlayStation Network users in North America.

The figures come following the release of NPD data for January that showed the PS3 outsold Microsoft's Xbox 360, with 269,000 units sold compared to 230,000.

In a statement, Jack Tretton, CEO of SCEA offered: "Coming off a great holiday season we see strong momentum behind PS3 in 2008, and feel confident about the year ahead.

"We have Blu-ray emerging as the de-facto high-def standard, the developer community is hitting their stride, consumers are recognising the tremendous value and innovative services such as PlayStation Home are all in the works, so this is definitely shaping up to be a breakthrough year for us."

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Matt Martin: Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.
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