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Playstation 3 sales hit 70 million

Six years after launching
Fri Nov 16 2012, 09:57

JAPANESE GAMES CONSOLE the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) has sold 70 million units in its six years.

Sony revealed the number this week, happy with itself for the 70 million sales. Of these 15 million are using the more recently released Move controller, the Nintendo Wii-like and Xbox Kinect-like body involvement experience that is popular with gamers.

The PS3 has not stood still over these past six years. It has had plastic surgery and is now thinner and lighter, it's had software upgrades, hacks, and has been taken offline for security reasons. It has had a wild first six years.

The onlive Playstation network launched at the same time as the PS3 in November 2006, but was offline for a while after a software breach that affected as many as 100 million users.

Gamers, which included PSP users, were locked out of the online Playstation Network experience for around a month and Sony offered them two free games as reparations. Sony said that there were 3,590 games available for the PS3, but it limited choices for the free games to five.

While Sony is happy to talk about the PS3, it is saying much less about a successor. Meanwhile it's rivals are advancing their hardware. Nintendo will release its Wii U at the end of November while Microsoft is considered close to announcing the Xbox 720. µ


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