Ahead of the launch of PS3 Super Slim 12GB model across Europe tomorrow, Sony announced this morning that they have sold over 5 million PlayStation 3 consoles life-to-date in the UK.
Fergal Gara (VP and Managing Director UK & Ireland) commented on the sales, saying:
“This is another historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and something I’m incredibly proud of. I’d like to thank all our consumers, retailers and 3rd party partners for helping us achieve this figure, and look forward to continued success.”
The announcement of the sales milestone today coincides with a GfK report from earlier this month stating that the PlayStation 3 had hit 4 million units sold LTD in France.
UK and Europe console sales data is traditionally hard to come by, so we don’t have much from either Microsoft or Nintendo to directly compare against the PlayStation 3‘s numbers. With that said, we do know that as of last May Microsoft had shipped 67 million Xbox 360 units worldwide, and that Sony was claiming 63.9 million PS3 systems shipped worldwide in March. However, neither of those figures comes anywhere near striking distance of Nintendo’s 96.5 million Wii consoles that were shipped LTD as of the end of June.
Full press release:
Sony Computer Entertainment announces sales of PlayStation®3 surpass 5 million units in the UK.
London, Thursday 11th October 2012: Sony Computer Entertainment UK has announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) have surpassed 5 million units in the UK*.
The iconic PlayStation 3, first brought to the UK & Europe in 2007, offering gaming and entertainment enthusiasts unparalleled power and cutting edge technology, being the only console that could deliver true high-definition content via its innovative Blu-ray drive. This milestone coincides with the launch of the recently re-designed, smaller and lighter PS3, which has had its internal volume and weight reduced by more than half compared to the very first 60GB model.
Available as a 500GB or 12GB family-friendly model (launching October 12th), what the console now lacks in size, it makes up for in entertainment offerings, across film, catch up TV services, music and of course, video gaming the whole family can enjoy.
Commenting on the UK sales landmark, Fergal Gara (VP and Managing Director UK & Ireland) said “This is another historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and something I’m incredibly proud of. I’d like to thank all our consumers, retailers and 3rd party partners for helping us achieve this figure, and look forward to continued success.”
With an extensive software line-up, PlayStation will have something for everyone this Christmas. From the truly magical and innovative Wonderbook™: Book of Spells, featuring new and original writing from J.K. Rowling, to multi-million selling blockbusters such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (Activision Publishing, Inc.), Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft Entertainment.), FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts Inc.), and PlayStation® All-Stars Battle Royale.
Now has never been a better time to own a PlayStation 3, whether you’re one of the 5 million existing owners, or are thinking about stepping into the world of PlayStation for the first time.
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* The number of retail sales to customers confirmed by GfK Chart-Track