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Sony CES Keynote: Hirai: PS3 sold 3.8 million in December

Thursday, 7th January 2010 07:18 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Update: PR added.

Original Story: During Sony’s CES event, SCE president Kaz Hirai said that over 3.8 million PlayStation 3 units were shipped worldwide in December, with 1.7 million units sold in the US alone.

The sales numbers were a 76 percent increase in hardware sales compared to the same period in December 2008, which resulted in it being the biggest selling festive period the PS3 has recieved since its release back in 2006.

Although it isn’t as much as Nintendo’s three million American Wiis last month, next week’s NPD should make for interesting reading.

The news came as part of an keynote which focused all of its attention to 3D, with PlayStation 3 not exempt from the rule.

Hirai also mentioned during the event that the PlayStation Network will be integrated into networked PCs, Blu-ray players and Sony BRAVIAs as early as next month.

From Kotaku.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that the holiday season retail sales of PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment systems during the five weeks following the last week of November 2009 exceeded 3.8 million units worldwide. The PS3 platform experienced a 76% increase in hardware sales compared to the same period in the previous year, marking the highest record sales for PS3 hardware for a holiday period.  With the release of the new slimmer and lighter PS3 system combined with an exciting line-up of compelling software titles, as well as with the expansion of new content and services on PlayStation®Network, with more than 38 million registered accounts worldwide, the PS3 platform continues to surpass its momentum every year and remains on track to further accelerate the growth of its worldwide installed base into 2010.

With continued strong support from game developers and publishers around the world, highly anticipated and exciting game titles on Blu-ray™ disc were released for the PS3 system during the holiday season. The software line-up includes platform-defining franchises that contributed significantly to PS3 hardware sales such as UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves from SCE, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed® II, Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Activision, and FINAL FANTASY XIII from SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. FINAL FANTASY XIII for North America and Europe/PAL territories will be available on March 9, 2010. In addition to this extensive line-up of software titles, multimedia capabilities that PS3 offers, including Blu-ray disc player functionality, combined with various rich content and services available for download on PlayStation®Network, continue to attract more and more users around the globe making PS3 the ultimate interactive entertainment system for the home.

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17 Comments

  1. Moti

    3 Million? He said 3.8 million.. that a “little” more then 3 Million

    Stop with the misleading headlines

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    Sorry, I got my wires crossed.

    Fixed now.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    EDIT: Oh no wait, for ALL of December, i thought it was just over Xmas week.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    “SCE president Kaz Hirai said that over 3.8 million PlayStation units were shipped in the US in December”

    Are you sure this is correct? Because the press release says that the PS3 did 3.8 million sales over the holidays worldwide, i dont see any other site saying thats the number of shipped copies to the US alone.
    Even Kotaku that you’ve got as the source says
    “crecente:
    Sony sold more than 3.8 million playstation units during the five weeks following November.”

    But no mention of units shipped to the US.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    I was only going on what was given to me on the screen at the time. It just said PlayStation units. Nothing about PS3 other then 1.7 million units sold in the US.

    *goes and drinks vodka at 8:05am*

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Razor

    1st week full time and already he’s making mistakes… :P

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Gekidami

    Well according to VGChartz this is from the press release:

    “Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that the holiday season retail sales of PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment systems during the five weeks following the last week of November 2009 exceeded 3.8 million units worldwide. The PS3 platform experienced a 76% increase in hardware sales compared to the same period in the previous year, marking the highest record sales for PS3 hardware for a holiday period. With the release of the new slimmer and lighter PS3 system combined with an exciting line-up of compelling software titles, as well as with the expansion of new content and services on PlayStation®Network, with more than 38 million registered accounts worldwide, the PS3 platform continues to surpass its momentum every year and remains on track to further accelerate the growth of its worldwide installed base into 2010.”

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Razor

    Oh wait…GI just says “PS units” as well…but yeah, Sony did specifically say PS3 units.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    Apparently Sony didnt give any numbers at all for any version of PSP.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Razor

    I think we can guess why :)

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Armitage

    The first sentence in the post should read “During Sony’s CES event, SCE president Kaz Hirai said that over 3.8 million PlayStation units were shipped in December, with 1.7 million PlayStation 3 units sold in the US alone.” I think.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Gekidami

    Well no, because whilst there may have been some confusion over what exactly “Playstation units” were it was always “Sold” and not “Shipped”.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Armitage

    OK. I just meant about the US/worldwide thing.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Johnny Cullen

    Fixed.

    Added the PR.

    So… who wants to kill me? *offers a gun*

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    Maybe its just me not understanding something but your story still says “units shipped” whilst the PR is talking about sales?

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Razor

    Units shipped to the retailer is usually called a sale in a company’s book, so both terms basically mean the same thing.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Blerk

    I’m sure they’re much happier with those figures than last year’s. Give over with the 3D thing, though! Seriously! Stop it!

    #17 5 years ago

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