450,000 PlayStation 3 consoles sold in ME

Sony Gulf claims PS3 is best-selling next-generation console

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450,000 PlayStation 3 consoles sold in ME A slimmer and lighter PlayStation 3 hit UAE markets late last year with a AED 1,299 price tag.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  January 26, 2010

Sony Gulf has revealed that 450,000 units of its next-generation console PlayStation 3 were sold across the Middle East since its launch.

Based on those figures, the firm claims the PS3 is "easily the best-selling next-gen console".  

There are approximately 350,000 users from the region registered on PlayStation Network, a free-to-access environment that allows users to play online games, chat and interact with friends, and surf the internet.

The company plans to enhance network content and services, while also engaging a wider audience through the introduction of a new motion controller for the PS3 platform. The wireless controller, which was scheduled to go on sale in spring this year, has been pushed back to release only in autumn now; around the same time as Microsoft's motion-control offering, known as Project Natal, for the Xbox 360.

Due to company policy, Microsoft cannot reveal sales figures for any of their consoles or games in specific markets so there's no data available on exactly how many units of the Xbox 360 were sold in the Middle East.

The company's Xbox Live online gaming and media service isn't available in the region either. While there's no definitive launch date on the cards, they promise it's something they are "definitely working on".

* This article has been amended since it was originally published.

3092 days ago

Hmm the numbers look quite suspect. PS3 was launched in 2007. Article claims 450,000 sales in 2009 and even if one takes the yearly average to be 400,000 units - that will take the total install base to 1.2M! That sounds ridicolously high when you keep in mind that the home base of PS3 - Japan has an install base of 4.5m! (Australia is 700K and UK the biggest market for PS3 in Europe is 2.9M) And of the 1.2M users ONLY 350,00O users are on a free online network?

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