Sony’s PlayStation 3 Hits 70 Million Unit Sales, Move Controller Approaches 15 Million

Sony took the opportunity to toot their own horn today, announcing some sales figures for the PlayStation 3 and its peripherals. They say the gaming console has now hit 70 million units sold, after six years on the market. Sony’s attempt at a motion controller, the PlayStation Move, has apparently managed to move almost 15 million units, too.

On the software side of things, PlayStation games have evidently been selling like hotcakes; 3590 PlayStation 3 titles have been released, and they’ve combined for a total of 595 million games sold. That number is actually a bit surprising, as it means the average PS3 game is only selling around 165,000 copies. That’s much lower than is usually required for a current-gen console game to break even.

Interestingly, these sales figures mean that the PS3 has pretty much caught up with the Xbox 360. For the first couple years of both consoles being on the market, the Xbox 360 massively outsold the PS3, but it looks like that gap has now been closed. This might have more to do with the Blu-Ray capabilities of the PS3 than its accomplishments as an actual gaming console, but it’s good news for Sony nonetheless.

The press release from Sony ends with the line “SCE will continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.” We’re a bit skeptical about that claim, as the PS3’s life span is surely nearing an end. Its successor is expected to arrive next year, and it won’t be long after that that PS3 development comes to an end. It’s been a good run.

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