The PlayStation 3 from Sony is one of the three major consoles on the market and today Sony released sales figures of 70 million consoles shifted worldwide. It sounds pretty unbeatable, but it actually means that the PlayStation 3 is trailing in third place.
In addition to the fairly impressive unit sales, Tokyo based Sony has also shifted a further 15 million PlayStation Move motion-sensing controllers. This is dwarfed by Nintendo’s Wii however where every console has a motion-sensing controller built in and it is also trailing behind the sales of Microsoft’s Kinect.
The PlayStation 3 was launched in 2006 and sales have fared worse than those of its predecessor the PlayStation 2. The PlayStation 2 sold a whopping 150 million consoles worldwide compared to the 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles sold as of the 4th November this year. Figures for Sony sales may differ slightly from other manufacturers as they use ‘sell-in number’ which basically means the number of units sold to retailers as opposed to consumers.
Sony’s PlayStation 3 however is hot on the tails of the Xbox 360 from Microsoft though it’s not quite clear how close sales figures are as exact numbers of Xbox sales are not available. We do however know the Nintendo Wii sales figures – since 2006 Nintendo has shifted 96 million units.
The PlayStation 3 has had many changes during its life. Sony has also brought out a PS 3 slim model weighing a fifth less than the original and being a quarter smaller. Other updates have included a bigger hard disk drive capacity and software updates.
In terms of other figures, the PlayStation continues to impress. The Sony PlayStation Network is in operation in just under 60 countries worldwide; there are over 55,000 games and around 170,000 digital pieces available for download. The PlayStation Store was updated in October to make shopping a more consumer-friendly experience.