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Sony contradicts itself, says 41.6 million PS3s sold worldwide

Thursday, 3rd March 2011 15:24 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony said at GDC this week that PlayStation 3 has sold 41.6 million units worldwide since its release in 2006, contradicting the latest number given in its official financial reports, which stands at 47.9 million.

The figure was published on a slide at panel held in San Francisco, as reported by Joystiq.

Sony also said that PSN revenue was up by 70 percent with traffic to the PlayStation Store up by 60 percent.

It also confirmed that over 70 million PSN accounts have been made since the service launched with the console.

Recently, it was confirmed that 4 million PS3s had been sold in the UK.

Sony is expected to see a massive 2011 with PS3 thanks to what is probably the best first-party line-up this year, including Uncharted 3, Resistance 3, inFamous 2, Motorstorm Apocalypse and The Last Guardian.

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  1. Deacon

    Bravo Sony!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    Umm…. something’s wrong with that number.

    The last official total we got was 47.9m.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/data/bizdataps3_sale_e.html

    #3 3 years ago
  4. sennasnit

    no, it was 37.9m psycho.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. sennasnit

    that link adds up to 35.8, before Q4 2010 results are added.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    You got to be joking. Only 41.6?

    then it;s not going to outsell Xbox 360 that is now 50 million sold as of January 6.

    FAIL

    But i remember they said something about 47 million.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Razor

    Well someone’s got their numbers wrong.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Detale

    I’m so glad I live in a world where selling 40+ million of anything is considered failure…

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Crysis

    Psychotext is right.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    This means nothing to me unless I know how many PS2′s and PS1′s and Xbox 360′s, have been sold since launch.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. sennasnit

    No Erthazus, that’s vgchartz figures, which have 360 at 51 mill and ps3 at 47.9 mill.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Erthazus

    @8 it’s not a failure and it’s not a success. If 41.6

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    145 million Ps2 sales is massive success (that is still selling)

    #13 3 years ago
  14. sennasnit

    fair enough Crysis, not sure what’s going on there.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. typeface

    Yeah someone’s got their numbers wrong.

    It’s going to be amusing if they try to correct this though. But yeah you know what, this proves that they’re just recycling part of last year’s presentation.

    I’m pretty sure 41.6 is the number that they had last year cause I remember the 41.6 number pre TGS and 47 was the recent one.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Crysis

    Pretty sure these sales were from October.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. spiderLAW

    hhmmm…. 41.6mil is decent.
    but i guess vgchartz is WWWaaaYYYY off with 47.9mil and so is wikipedia.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. wiozan

    check the Psychotext link those are sales so it must be over 47

    #18 3 years ago
  19. ManuOtaku

    That means theres almost 2 PSN Accounts for every ps3 owner, nice tidbit.

    Also i agreed with Erthazus, i dont think sony will take the second place, kinect is strong at the moment and the move didnt became what sony expected, and nintendo obiously is not selling as is used to be, its still selling a lot, only a few thousands behind microsoft and a few thousands over ps3, i think this will remains till the end of this gen.

    Lastly i think the GeoHotz thing will be hurting sonys sellings as well, in the eye of the consumers is something that is hard to swallow, i mean not really owning the console, they will go with a 360 and/or wii.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. UuBuU

    40mil+ is good by console standards. Sure, it’s far off the success of the ps1 and ps2, but then, Sony are never going to reach such a dominant position again in my opinion. At least not in this generation or the next.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. spiderLAW

    okay then. Psychotexts link show 47.9 as of end Q3 of Last YEAR….wtf sony!! WHAT IS GOING THE FUCK ON!!

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Khakimzhan

    spiderLAW – it does not))

    #22 3 years ago
  23. DeathJynx

    Which ever number is correct, they are both impressive when put into perspective. Considering ps3 came out a year later then the Xbox 360, and 2 years later in the UK. Also, I know many more people with multiple 360 consoles (3+ due to failures), whereas I find people who have bought 2 ps3 consoles due to failures are rare, and 3 are almost unheard of.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. KL

    Sales don’t mean a thing both Sony and Microsoft also add purchased replacable consoles to their total sales figures.too many people mention they’re on their replacable 3rd,4th 360,most of these they were out of warranty and purchased all over again.less with the ps3.
    Screw sales,what’s important is userbase that would be interesting to hear from those two

    @19 Piracy didn’t affect PsX,Ps2 and 360′s sales,on the contrary

    #24 3 years ago
  25. AbolfazlA

    Please check this link !

    http://www.scei.co.jp/corporate/data/bizdataps3_sale_e.html

    47.9 m

    #25 3 years ago
  26. lexph3re

    Interesting news, I guess they decided to stop counting shipped units. I wonder what 360′s real numbers are now.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. DeathJynx

    The real numbers should be measured in software sales. Less bloat.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. spiderLAW

    @22
    Where the fuck did you learn math? It does so dork.

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Patrick Garratt

    Yeah, they’ve fucked that up. I’ve edited it.

    #29 3 years ago
  30. NeoSquall

    Maybe there are 41.6 millions SOLD consoles and 47.9 millions SHIPPED?

    That would mean there are 6.3 millions PS3s available worldwide.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. PEYJ

    If one follows the yearly reports from Sony on how much they’ve shipped to retailers, the last number from as of 31 December (47,9 mill) sounds plausible.

    If the 41,6 mill. is for sold to consumers this would mean that 6,3 are in stock at retailers. That seems a bit unlikely to be honest.

    If it’s somehow a typo and should read 51,6 and it’s shipped to date (1 March) it sounds about right. Especially if you consider the latest price drops on 160 GB from various retailers.

    Besides, VGchartz are not capable of getting all the PAL figures since they has to be taken from so many areas. Only Japanese and North American sales figures are available from official source.

    I saw in an recent article how VG announced an equal number of KillZone 3 games sold in NA and PAL areas. Since there are so many more people in the latter part and PS3 is equally more popular in that area too, those figures cannot be true.

    #31 3 years ago
  32. DeathJynx

    Nice change of article VG24/7. Now most the previous comments make us look foolish to any new reader to the article.

    #32 3 years ago
  33. PEYJ

    If one follows the yearly reports from Sony on how much they’ve shipped to retailers, the last number from as of 31 December (47,9 mill) sounds plausible.

    If the 41,6 mill. is for sold to consumers this would mean that 6,3 are in stock at retailers. That seems a bit unlikely to be honest.

    If it’s somehow a typo and should read 51,6 and it’s shipped to date (1 March) it sounds about right. Especially if you consider the latest price drops on 160 GB from various retailers.

    Besides, VGchartz are not capable of getting all the PAL figures since they has to be taken from so many areas. Only Japanese and North American sales figures are available from official source.

    I saw in an recent article how VG announced an equal number of KillZone 3 games sold in NA and PAL areas. Since there are so many more people in the latter part and PS3 is equally more popular in that area too, those figures cannot be true.

    #33 3 years ago
  34. Khakimzhan

    http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2011/03/psnfigures530pxdph.jpg

    #34 3 years ago
  35. PEYJ

    So they have contradicted themselves at some point in this matter. That must be a problem inside Sony if they can make a miscalculation of 6,3 mill.

    #35 3 years ago
  36. spiderLAW

    @31
    Maybe the person assigned to making the presentation screen had old data and had to use it. Maybe this presentation was prepared long before GDC so the data is old. there could be many reasons why this happened.

    #36 3 years ago
  37. PEYJ

    Agreed. Back and the end of annual 2nd quarter(end of 3rd quarter of 2010)the shipped numbers was 41,6 mill. So, they either sold nothing in the following quarter or miscalculated the whole 2010. Not likely.

    #37 3 years ago
  38. DeathJynx

    I agree @ #33. Presentations vs official sales numbers. Seems more likely and not uncommon, the presentation was created on out dated numbers or made prior to NEW official numbers.

    #38 3 years ago
  39. spiderLAW

    @33 and 34
    yup :P sounds about right

    #39 3 years ago
  40. daytripper

    yep so you can all relax now

    #40 3 years ago
  41. DeathJynx

    @ #37 I am more concered with how VG42/7 completely re-wrote the article and changed the title without so much as an editors note. Trying to take the information from its users and pass it off as an orignal idea from the author. Mildly upsetting seeing how the original article was a simple copy & paste from joystiq.

    #41 3 years ago
  42. theevilaires

    Last time I checked over 3 million people claimed they were on their 3rd or 4th 360 so yea…..I’m sure most of those were repeat purchases. Good tactic M$ ;) Trick people into buying your faulty hardware and have them invest in over $1000′s of dollars worth of 360 software (shitty launch software at that) and around the time past 1 year mark have 80% of the consoles fail to work ever again and deny it so %65 percent of those morons will go buy another cheaper core unit and just slap their old hard drives onto that.

    1.The design of the 360
    2.The cheaper sku unit
    3.The 1/4,1/2,3/4 circle designs on the packaging box

    Come on people put the clues together. M$ had this shit all planned from the beginning and they knew SONY’s arrogance was going to be their weak point.

    Bravo M$ fucking Bravo! SONY you dumb idiots you let them still this generation! CABRONS!

    #42 3 years ago
  43. theevilaires

    I meant steal not still…..dammit Mart you worthless fool put that edit button back!

    #43 3 years ago
  44. spiderLAW

    @42
    LOL

    #44 3 years ago
  45. Cort

    “That means theres almost 2 PSN Accounts for every ps3 owner, nice tidbit.”

    Incorrect. Not only PS3 users have PSN accounts.

    #45 3 years ago
  46. theevilaires

    PSP’s can have them too so it spans across PS3 and PSP.

    Dammit CORT why must you play Zorro. Come back to posting on a regular basis man.

    #46 3 years ago