PlayStation3 Sales Reach 50 Million Units

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the cumulative sales of the PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system reached a milestone of 50 million units worldwide, as of March 29, 2011. 

SCE also announced that PlayStation Move sales surpassed 8 million units worldwide as of April 3, demonstrating continued growth of the PS3 platform.

SCE has also announced its next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP), which aims to deliver the portable entertainment experience. NGP will make its debut at the end of this year, 2011. (Read: Sony to Target Portable Gaming Market with NGP)

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The PS3 system, equipped with future proof technologies including the Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI, has delivered users with high-definition and high quality entertainment experiences since its launch in November 2006, says the company.

The PS3 system continues to evolve and enhance the user experience through new features and services delivered via software updates.

Concurrently with the introduction of PS3, SCE launched the PlayStation Network service which now has more than 75 million registered accounts and operates in 59 countries and regions around the world. 

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PlayStation Network supports free community-centric online game play and communication tools such as PlayStation Home, and offers vast downloadable digital content, including games, movies and TV shows, through PlayStation Store.

Downloadable digital content on PlayStation Store currently totals 105,988 worldwide. In September 2009, SCE launched the new slimmer and lighter PS3 system with a new form factor and less power consumption.

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To further expand entertainment experiences on PS3, stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D features were introduced to the system via a free system software update in April and September 2010, respectively. 

The feature enables users to enjoy realistic stereoscopic 3D on their PS3 system by connecting it to a 3D-compatible TV such as a 3D “BRAVIA” TV using an HDMI cable. 

The number of stereoscopic 3D software titles has reached 89 as of April 1, 2011.

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SCE launched PlayStation Move in September 2010 for North America, Europe/PAL territories and in Asia, and in October 2010 for Japan to deliver a new entertainment experience across all categories of games, from casual to core. 

The PlayStation Move motion controller is used in combination with the PlayStation Eye camera to detect the precise movement, angle, and absolute position in 3D space of the user, thereby allowing users to intuitively play as if they are within the game. 

The number of PlayStation Move supported/dedicated software titles has reached 155 as of March 24, 2011, including titles such as Sports Champions, SingStar Dance and Killzone 3

PlayStation Move continues to expand new game play with upcoming new PlayStation Move titles for 2011, including SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs.

With support from 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide, PS3 features a vast library of more than 2,128 software titles, with over 480 million units sold worldwide. Recently released blockbuster franchise titles from first party studios include Grand Turismo 5, LittleBigPlanet2 and Killzone 3. 

Photo courtesy: Sony Computer Entertainment

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