Playstation 3 sales reach 70m units worldwide

Sales of PlayStation Move controllers surpass 15m

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Playstation 3 sales reach 70m units worldwide The PS3 has undergone some radical design changes since its 2006 debut.
By  Stephen McBride Published  November 18, 2012

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc (SCE) today announced that the cumulative sales of the PlayStation3 (PS3) computer entertainment system reached a milestone of 70 million units worldwide as of November 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 November 11.

Throughout its lifecycle, the PS3 system has gone through several evolutions with more streamlined designs, larger Hard Disk Drive (HDD) capacity, and new features through software updates.

In September 2012, SCE launched another PS3 model, which the company said has a reduced volume and weight of more than 50% compared to the original PS3, and of 25% and 20% respectively compared to the slim PS3 model launched in 2009. 

Along with the introduction of PS3 in November 2006, SCE launched PlayStation Network, which, as of September 30, 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 items, including 57,000 games worldwide from PlayStation Network. 

In October 2012, SCE redesigned PlayStation Store for PS3, which is now available in Europe and North and Latin America with more countries and regions to follow.

PlayStation Plus, the subscription service package on PlayStation Store that offers exclusive offers such as discounts on games or online storage for game saves, started to offer an "Instant Game Collection" in North America and Europe in July 2012. The Instant Game Collection enables PS Plus members to enjoy popular titles from third-party developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios.  SCE also enhanced the content offering for PS Plus members in Japan in November.

Introduced in September 2010, the PlayStation Move motion controller that enables users to intuitively play games is now supported by a wide range of titles with more than 400 as of November 2012, including Sports Champions 2, Unfinished Swan (Sony Computer Entertainment). Additionally, this month marks the global launch of Wonderbook, a new peripheral that delivers what SCE terms "the next evolution of storytelling and a unique experience exclusively on PS3". Wonderbook uses the PlayStation Eye camera to "take augmented reality to spectacular new places, while drawing players into new worlds and allowing them to interact with stories as they tilt or rotate it, or simply turn the pages". 

The cumulative number of software titles for PS3 reached 3,590 with more than 595 million units sold worldwide, as of September 30. Recent and upcoming titles include Assassin's Creed III (Ubisoft Entertainment.), FIFA 13(Electronic Arts Inc.), PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (Sony Computer Entertainment). In addition, software titles that support "cross platform" such as LittleBigPlanet 2: Cross Controller Pack, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (Sony Computer Entertainment) are also expected to be released. 

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