Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced today, Nov. 16, that the cumulative sales of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system reached a milestone of 70 million units worldwide as of Nov. 4, 2012 – less than six years after the platform launched in 2006.
SCE also announced that sales of the PlayStation Move motion controller surpassed 15 million units worldwide as of Nov. 11, demonstrating continued growth and momentum of the PS3 platform.
Throughout its lifecycle, according to the company, the PS3 system has continued to evolve with more streamlined design, larger Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, and new features through software updates.
In September 2012, SCE launched the new PS3 system, which has a reduced volume and weight of more than 50 percent compared to the original PS3 model, and of 25 percent and 20 percent respectively compared to the slim PS3 model launched in 2009.
Along with the introduction of PS3 in November 2006, SCE launched PlayStation Network, which now operates in 59 countries and regions around the world.
PlayStation Network supports free community-centric online gameplay, exclusive games from independent developers and major publishers, and a broad range of entertainment applications across movies, music, and sports.
PS3 owners can access 170,000 downloadable digital content including 57,000 game content worldwide from PlayStation Network. In October 2012, SCE redesigned PlayStation Store for PS3, offering a more streamlined and accessible store experience, including a new user interface, simple search, and content discovery.
The new store is now available in Europe and North and Latin America with more countries and regions to follow.