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It also sold 15 million PlayStation Move units

Sony announced two sales milestones today that affect both its PlayStation 3 gaming console and its PlayStation Move motion controller.

According to Sony, it has sold 70 million PlayStation 3 units globally as of November 4, 2012. This is the cumulative number since its launch in 2006.

Additionally, Sony has sold 15 million PlayStation Move motion controllers globally as of November 11, 2012 since its launch in 2010.

Back in September of this year, it was announced that Sony planned to release a thinner PS3 starting at $270. The latest PS3 console will be available in either 250GB and 500GB bundles. The 250GB bundle will come in either black or white and will have "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" Game of the Year Edition included. The price tag is set at $269.99. For those more interested in the 500GB model, it will come in black only alongside the "Assassin's Creed III" release.

Sony also made huge changes to the Trophies section on the PS3 via a system software update (Version 4.30) in October.

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The Japanese electronics maker has had some financial trouble in recent years due to issues like a sinking TV division, but new Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai is leading a major restructuring plan for the company that includes focusing on gaming as one of the major three pillars (the other two are digital imaging and mobile).

Source: Herald Online



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Compare?
By Motoman on 11/16/2012 12:42:01 PM , Rating: 2
How does that compared to overall Wii sales?

This recent article seems to indicate that analysts are all giddy about the Wii U - personally I can't see it selling like they think it will, but if you look at the article here:

http://www.ibtimes.com/nintendo-wii-u-outsell-pred...

...you can see that when mentioning original Wii sales, they seem to indicate that the Wii sold 75.9 million units in the first four years of it's existence alone - 2006 to 2010.

I don't know what the Wii did from that point forward...anybody have a better link?




RE: Compare?
By augiem on 11/16/2012 1:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Compare?
By Motoman on 11/16/2012 1:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
Holy sh1ts.

So the Wii, still to this day, continues to obliterate the other consoles in volume sales. I figured it probably petered out at least a year ago.

Impressive...but anyway, I still don't believe the projections on the Wii U. The little wand-style Wii controller really lent itself to the motion-controlled games - but that giant chunka controller with the screen in it? I just don't see that working out all that well.


RE: Compare?
By SlyNine on 11/16/2012 1:56:51 PM , Rating: 5
Yep, and cheap cell phones out sold expensive ones. Cheap cars out sold expensive cars. Cheap computers out sold expensive computers.

Hmmmmm weird isn't it.


RE: Compare?
By EnzoFX on 11/16/2012 3:31:57 PM , Rating: 1
Except Nintendo sold every console at a profit, unlike MS and Sony.


RE: Compare?
By Samus on 11/16/2012 4:33:21 PM , Rating: 2
XBOX and PS3 generate more revenue since the average Wii console sells 3 games, where the average XBOX/PS3 console sells over a dozen.

I'd also guess Live content is also far superior to Nintendo's Wii Store. I think Metroid 3 and other emulated games are cool and all, but the XBOX has far superior online content.


RE: Compare?
By inperfectdarkness on 11/17/2012 3:00:52 AM , Rating: 2
The only reason LIVE has better content--if it even does--is because MS has basically waved piles of cash in the faces of all the content owners. That's the only reason why games which were originally nintendo-specific are now only available on LIVE.

I will NEVER forgive MS for blocking DK64 being released on VC.


RE: Compare?
By Trisped on 11/19/2012 6:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
DK64 is a Rare title. Rare originally had a partnership with Nintendo, but when the company wanted to sell Nintendo was not interested. As a result Microsoft bought it. This is basic capitalism, not ms waving "piles of cash in the faces of all the content owners."


RE: Compare?
By SPOOFE on 11/16/2012 3:33:30 PM , Rating: 1
By your implied logic, the $32 Sonilux should've outsold them all.


RE: Compare?
By SlyNine on 11/20/2012 8:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well. I'm sure there is some sorta of quality issue to factor in there. I don't like the Wii, but it wasn't a bad system; but seriously its after a different market just as the VW Passat vs M5. Two totally different markets.


RE: Compare?
By retrospooty on 11/16/2012 5:09:12 PM , Rating: 2
"So the Wii, still to this day, continues to obliterate the other consoles in volume sales. "

I wouldnt say that. 1.5 to 1 is not obliterate. 5 to 1 like Android over IOS is "obliterating". LOL


RE: Compare?
By Pirks on 11/16/2012 7:20:21 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
5 to 1 like Android over IOS is "obliterating"
Or 10 to 1 like iOS profits over Android :P


RE: Compare?
By TakinYourPoints on 11/18/2012 5:56:51 PM , Rating: 2
You really love bragging about all of those disposable low end Android phones being sold to the poor and the third world, don't you? ;)

Over half of mobile traffic, mobile ad revenue, and mobile app downloads are still on the iOS side, despite the difference. Is that big a gap in OS marketshare really substantial when most of it is on the low end?

Its like bragging about how huge Windows is when the bulk of installations are XP running on $400 econoboxes in data entry offices and call centers. I think Windows is great but I don't delude myself into thinking that most people are running fast rigs like I am.


RE: Compare?
By BZDTemp on 11/16/2012 6:33:08 PM , Rating: 1
Considering the tech in the Wii I think you should compare it with the PS2 instead. I which case the 154.4 million units sold by Sony really puts Nintendo to shame :-)

As for the Wii U then I totally agree with you.

Personally I think my next console will be the PS4. My gen 1. PS3 is still used all the time, while the Wii isn't even connected and it is so long since I powered up the 360 that I have considered making it an actual door stop :-)


RE: Compare?
By karielash on 11/19/2012 6:04:55 PM , Rating: 2

The Wii was competing with the PS3 and the XBox360, so why not compare it with a system that it was designed to compete with? Because fanboys still like to hate!!!!


Expensive Console
By lightfoot on 11/16/2012 12:35:55 PM , Rating: 3
The biggest problem with the PS3 has always been its price. The fact that even after several redesigns, 6 years, and the removal of features, it still has a minimum entry price of $270 is alarming.

6 year old technology should not be that expensive.

I can only hope that the next generation of consoles benefit from economies of scale and process improvements far more than this generation has.




RE: Expensive Console
By SPOOFE on 11/16/2012 3:32:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
6 year old technology should not be that expensive.

So Netflix subscriptions should get cheaper every year? The price isn't for the "technology", the price is for entry into the ecosystem, more like admission to a theme park than a price for an item.


RE: Expensive Console
By KITH on 11/16/2012 4:16:39 PM , Rating: 2
hardware vs. software/media

The hardware is cheaper the software/media gets more expensive.
The playstation console is hardware and something like netflix is media.


RE: Expensive Console
By Belard on 11/19/2012 9:21:45 AM , Rating: 2
Yes the PS3 was the most expensive out of the box, but it was still cheaper than the xbox 360. You seem to be comparing the cheaper HD-Less 360 to the PS3, which all of them include an HD.

Once you bought the MS-ONLY HD, the price exceeded the PS3. 360s also have a limit on drive size. While on the PS3, you can upgrade the HD your self for a less price without requiring a kit.

How well do those blu-ray or even HD-DVD discs play on the 360?
The FAT 360s required an optional $80~100 WiFi adapter which sucked up a USB port... oh, yeah - you seemed to have forgotten that too.

The PS3 came with wireless controllers... always. MS switched to wireless.

On an on and on. MS rushed the 360 to market, how many of those millions of units are really nothing more than replacement units? I've seen tons of posts with people on their 3rd or 4th 360.

MS is helping to kill PC gaming... I'll buy either a PS3 or PS4... when I buy our next console. Otherwise, my kid is quite happy with is Wii console.


RE: Expensive Console
By BansheeX on 12/5/2012 4:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
Customers are dumb and only look at shelf price. They don't see how small amounts over time in services and upgrades add up to a lot. 6 years of live is like $200.


PS3 Did Well?
By Kornfeld on 11/16/2012 5:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
When I see sales numbers like that for the PS3, I would say it had a very poor showing. Going into that generation of home gaming systems, the PS2 dominated everything and the original XBOX didn't have a big market share. Even if Sony came in at a close 3rd place finish, that's a huge loss of market share.

Then again, other factors have be accounted for. I've seen some information indicating that while Nintendo sold a lot of Wii's, they didn't do very well in software sales. I think the XBox was the real winner in the last generation. It brought a lot of innovation with the online community features and it made big gains in market share. While the Kinect is incredible technology, I'm not sure it has translated into increased games sales.




RE: PS3 Did Well?
By Lord_Conrad on 11/16/2012 9:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
Don't sing Microsoft's praises too loudly, they spent way more on warranty repairs than any other console maker. The 360 is good when it works, but a 30% defect rate is very expensive. The 360 is more dependable now than it used to be, but fixing a problem after the fact won't erase a gamer's bad experience or a company's tarnished reputation.


RE: PS3 Did Well?
By nedsand on 11/19/2012 3:50:19 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly! I have a buddy who is on his 7th XBox and don't have any console gamer friends that didn't have to purchase at least 2 systems or go without. If sony is only 2 million units behind MS I would call that a win. BTW I don't own either.

This round the Wii opened part of a new market. Even my Grandma bought a wii. She probably used it a dozen times and hasn't touched it in the last year. I will bet you that there are a lot of people out there like my Grandma that will not be purchasing a Wii U.


RE: PS3 Did Well?
By inperfectdarkness on 11/17/2012 3:07:20 AM , Rating: 2
Software sales are somewhat irrelevant if you are already making profit on the consoles. And let's not forget that virtually every single one of nintendo's 1st-party series titles sold remarkably well; only the lack of (quality) 3rd-party titles was pronounced.

I expect that 3rd parties are going to warm up more to the Wii-U, since nintendo is now the reigning userbase leader, and the Wii-U is more than capable of spitting out virtually any 1080p gaming experience demanded of it.


RE: PS3 Did Well?
By someguy123 on 11/18/2012 3:44:35 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft is clearly the winner this cycle when it comes to revenue, but personally I wish they had never joined the race considering XBL. You can call it a new "ecosystem" or whatever you'd like but XBL is basically a locked down web/server browser that you need to pay a subscription to use. the service is the equivalent of requiring an entry fee to steam or battle.net.

It's hilariously absurd that they're able to charge, however little, for redirecting 360s to netflix, ESPN, facebook/twitter or 3rd party multiplayer servers (if not peer2peer). On top of that they have ads in place regardless of account type, and they charge developers for patch hosting if they release more than 1 patch. They must be making a pretty penny off their xbox live installbase.


The PS3 actually did really well.
By quiksilvr on 11/16/2012 11:58:18 AM , Rating: 4
Globally, it's barely behind the 360 by less than 2 million units, and the 360 launched a year prior to the PS3.

Unfortunately, this was not the case in the US. It is nearly 15 million units behind the 360 here in the states and will have to seriously go for the jugular come PS4 time.




By dryloch on 11/16/2012 12:13:31 PM , Rating: 1
Playstation Plus is there ace in the hole for next time. I love the free games I get with it. They bought a company similar to OnLive recently, so I see them offering tons of PS3 titles on demand free with a Plus subscription. That would be a big advantage. I have a 360 as well but Plus is what makes me stick to the PS3 the most.


RE: The PS3 actually did really well.
By Ramstark on 11/16/12, Rating: 0
RE: The PS3 actually did really well.
By acer905 on 11/16/2012 12:28:07 PM , Rating: 1
Easy, if in the rest of the world it has 13 million more sales than the 360. +13 and -15 = -2


By lightfoot on 11/16/2012 12:47:51 PM , Rating: 2
The PS3 easily could have sold 13 million more units than the 360 in Japan alone.


By nerdye on 11/17/2012 6:43:28 PM , Rating: 3
3DS outsells Vita 47-to-1 in Japan -

"Last week, the Vita hit a new all-time low in the country, selling only 4,021 units. By comparison, the 3DS sold nearly 47 times that many, at 187,077."

Here is the original article;
http://gamasutra.com/view/news/181594/3DS_outsells...

Cheers!




By Lord_Conrad on 11/16/2012 9:18:17 PM , Rating: 3
I would. I have two PS3s that I use all the time for gaming and watching Blu-rays. I sold my only Xbox 360 about half a year ago after it sat unused for several months. IMHO, Xbox 360 has no good exclusive titles while the PS3 does ( Resistance series is way better than Halo).


By Pirks on 11/19/2012 12:17:42 PM , Rating: 2
hello optical media using dinosaur, happy going extinct soon, bye

blu ray LOL hahaha :)))


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