The PlayStation 3 has sold 70 million units worldwide since November 4, not even six years after its initial launch, Sony has announced today.
The firm also announced that sales of its PlayStation Move motion controller now exceed 15 million units as of November 11, demonstrating “continued growth and momentum” for the PS3 platform.
Having “delivered high-quality, award-winning entertainment experiences” throughout its lifecycle, the PS3 has continued to evolve, with the latest model having launched in September, featuring reduced volume and weight of more than 50% compared to the original. Since its inception a short few months ago, the new PS3 has been “well received” by consumers around the world.
Launching alongside the console in 2006 was the introduction of the PlaySation Network, which now operates in 59 countries and regions around the world. The free service supports “community-centric online gameplay”, exclusive games from both independent and major publishers, alongside a vast array of entertainment offerings including movies, music, and sports. Sony’s revealed that players now have access to an ever-expanding amount of content of which currently stands at 170,000 digitally available items, with 57,000 of that being game content.
Last month, Sony launched a redesigned PlayStation Store, which offers a “more streamlined and accessible” store experience, featuring a revamped interface, simplified search, and a powerful new content discovery system. The new store is available in both Europe and North America with additional countries and regions to follow at a later date.
Though Sony’s PlayStation Network is a free-to-access service that no PlayStation 3 owner has to subscribe for to for an additional fee, users do have the option of purchasing a subscription to PlayStation Plus. Those who do will find a host of benefits and exclusive offers such as discounts on gamers, online cloud storage for game saves, and the new “Instant Game Collection” package. The Instant Game Collection provides gamers with access to a regularly-rotating number of games from third party developers and publishers as well as titles from SCE Worldwide Studios at no extra cost.
Sony’s attempt at motion gaming was introduced in September 2010 with the PlayStation Move controller. As of this month, there are now more than 400 titles including Resistance 3, Killzone 3, Heavy Rain, Unfinished Swan, and LittleBigPlanet Karting that support for the tech. Additionally, this month sees the global release of Wonderbook, a new peripheral that delivers the “next evolution of storytelling” and another “unique experience exclusively on PS3.” Wonderbook utilizes the PlayStation Eye camera to take augmented reality to “spectacular new places”, while drawing players into new and exciting worlds by allowing them to interact with stories.
To date, the cumulative number of software titles available for the PlayStation 3 has reached the 3,590 mark with more than 595 million units having been sold worldwide. Sony’s no doubt happy with the “tremendous” support from third-party developers and publishers, with the likes of Assassin’s Creed III and FIFA 13. But looking ahead, they’re eager to showcase their continued support for the system with their own blockbuster franchises including PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, God of War: Ascension, and Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us.
In addition, software that supports Sony’s “cross platform feature” such as LittleBigPlanet 2: Cross Controller Pack and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, are also in development and are expected to deliver a “ground-breaking gaming experience” by leveraging the capabilities of both the PS3 and PlayStation Vita.
Sony’s stated that it will “continue to further expand the PS3 platform and create a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation.”