PlayStation 3 hits staggering 80 million units milestone

All eyes are on the PlayStation 4, but you can’t count out the PlayStation 3.  Sony announced this evening that the PlayStation 3 has hit 80 million units, and I suspect it has to do with…oh…I dunno….the 300 software titles hitting this holiday season alone?  Let’s dig into the numbers:

The PS3 system has delivered high quality entertainment experiences since its launch and has continuously evolved through system software updates and by adding new features such as upscaling PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 games as well as DVD, DLNA client function and 3D stereoscopic games support. In February 2013, SCE released the PS3 system in new “Azurite Blue” and “Garnet Red” colors. In August 2013, the price of the PS3 with 12GB flash memory was reduced in Europe and it was introduced in North America. By offering a variety of products to meet various needs and lifestyles, the PS3 system has been well received by a wide range of gamers.

The PS3 system continues to gain strong support from 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide with the cumulative number of software titles released for the PS3 system reaching 4,332 worldwide. Among them are smash hit title, The Last of Us, which sold 3.4 million units in less than three weeks when it launched in June 2013, and the critically acclaimed title, Journey, that won six awards at the 13th annual Game Developers Choice Awards and became the first video game in Grammy Award history to be nominated for Best Score Soundtrack. More than 300 software titles are to be released from third party developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) this holiday season globally, including Gran Turismo®6 (GT6™), the latest installment to the wildly popular Gran Turismo franchise that has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

Furthermore, exciting blockbuster titles such as Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games, Inc), Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ (Ubisoft Entertainment.), Batman: Arkham Origins (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) and NBA® 2K14(2K Games) have also gained high praise.

When the PS3 system was first released in November 2006, SCE also launched PSNSM, an online multiplayer gaming and digital entertainment service, which now operates in 59 countries around the world with more than 150 million cumulative registered accounts*6. Launched alongside the PS3 system and in conjunction with PSN, PlayStation®Store (PS Store) offers a variety of downloadable digital content where PS3 system owners can select from a global catalogue of more than 222,000 digital content options, including 72,000 game content.

If you want to really understand why Sony is absolutely on fire lately, you have only to look at PlayStation Plus.  The Instant Game Collection system that gives us rock-solid titles like Assassin’s Creed III and Guacamelee for no extra cost.

Based on the awesome pre-order numbers, I’m sure you are well aware of this, but the PlayStation 4 launches on November 15th in North America, and November 29th in Latin America and Europe.

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