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PS3 Sells 3.9 Million During The Holidays

If you picked up a PlayStation 3 during the holiday season, you certainly weren't the only one.

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, Sony revealed that they had sold 3.9 million PS3 consoles between November and December. That's pretty damn good.

It also means they're on target to hit their projected sales number for the fiscal year, which is 15 million; Sony's fiscal year ends on March 31. The PSP managed to sell 1.6 million units (outselling the new Vita for a few weeks), and another 500,000 PS2s also went out the door. You just can't kill that thing, you know? Here's what Sony had to say in a statement:

"SCE will continue to deploy various measures to further expand the PlayStation business with strong support from users as well as 3rd party developers and publishers, and will vigorously enhance the world of computer entertainment system that is possible only on the PlayStation platforms."

We've also heard from Sony that the Vita campaign will be quite hefty, which is good news. Of course, we have heard such promises from Sony before, and then things go kinda quiet...hopefully, that won't be the case this time. By the way, is anyone else interested to see the worldwide tallies for the PS3 and Xbox 360 now?

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, ps3 sales, ps3 numbers

1/9/2012 9:14:31 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (35 posts)

Twistedfloyd
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 9:27:30 PM
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Impressive. I really hope they don't make a PS4 anytime soon. I am content and will not get a PS4 for at least a couple of years after it releases.

I also LOVE the fact that the PS2 sold 500,000 units! That's awesome! 12 years old and still selling units. Not that many, but even still, that's sweet.

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Qubex
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 9:29:08 PM
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See... and they want to introduce the PS4 so quickly. As soon as Sony officially announces the PS4 I fear PS3 sales will start to suffer a little. I guess Sony is banking on the excellent games it has for its platform to continually drive PS3 hardware sales. There are people who are happy to wait and be one gen behind in order to play the excellent games on offer.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Killa Tequilla
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 11:09:22 PM
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Hmmm... Looks like sony is making some good money so their employees can put some food on the table, ehh? So much money they make, yet their tiny memory sticks are overpriced. It's okay though. It's just business. I used to support Sony in what they do and everything they do, but now im a little dissapointed in some things they do. Call it an-ti piracy memory sticks, but why in the world are they overpriced? I can get a hard drive of 500gb for 100$ but Sonys tiny cards, I can get 32gb for 120$. Has the world gone mad! Im not trying to shame upon Sony, im simply expressing my thoughts on this. Use the money for good need, not greed, Sony! Regardless, Sony has been giving me some amazing games that i have enjoyed over the years, systems and gadjets like PSP.

"SCE will continue to deploy various measures to further expand the PlayStation business ..." Like I said, it's just business.

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jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:53:40 AM

When are you guys planning on having your next beer pong tourney, then hitting up the PSXExtreme forums?

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 5:43:32 PM

I wasnt drunk, Ben needed a taste of his own medicine.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 11:25:37 PM
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Should be interesting to hear Excelsior's explanation for why this means the PS3 is losing.

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johnld
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 12:52:19 AM

well, microsoft did say that they "sold" 66million 360s. hahaha

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Jawknee
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 3:09:32 AM

Lol!

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 4:09:15 AM

We would have to know what kind of numbers MS put up during the holidays to call a winner/loser. I know the 360 sold 1.7 million consoles in NA alone in NOV and was forecast ro sell 2.35 million consoles in NA during the month of Dec by our friends over at Wedbush. I want to be 100% accurate...the Dec results are based off sales forecasts taken from CVG. MS has not released official NA sales figures yet for Dec but at a quick glance it looks like MS at least matched Sony's sales figures in NA alone.

So based off what the MS was able to do in NA they are definitely going to beat this number in WW sales and may even beat it based off the sales of 1 key region.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 8:34:04 AM

right on cue, friend! ;p

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:10:28 AM

I'm just wondering the last time Excelsior ever posted positive sales numbers for Sony is all his researching. Dozens upon dozens of posts related to sales, and every single one of them is about crap sales for Sony.

.....it's as if they've never sold anything.

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jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:57:08 AM

....lol

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 11:06:35 AM

Excelsior, however many consoles MS sold in NA alone is a rather pointless statistic since worldwide sales matter more. It's pretty much a forgone conclusion that the 360 outsold the PS3 in NA, but they they are giving them away with just about everything these days.

However the point isn't what happens solely in the US, but what happens globally. No matter how pretty it is for MS and ugly for Sony in NA, the global picture is very different.

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AcHiLLiA
Monday, January 09, 2012 @ 11:34:20 PM
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The people who a bought a PS3 this Holiday season are probably saying to their friends, "I don't want to own a PS4 for a long time."

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LaasYaNir
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 10:26:59 AM

Of course they would be saying that. I mean, if they waited *this* long to buy a PS3, they're not going to jump on the PS4 bandwagon right away.

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:13:14 PM

It is the comment section, so just want to throw down the obvious.

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TheCanadianGuy
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 12:22:12 AM
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glad to see PS2 still selling that thing is legendary!

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 8:34:59 AM

For sure! A legend indeed!

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AcHiLLiA
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:14:42 PM

Best gaming console ever, even if their not producing games anymore.

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TheCanadianGuy
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:23:44 PM

yea shame theres no more games for it. the last great PS2 game came out 2 years ago. (january 2010 i think) silent hill shattered memories. which was awesome btw. anyone who hasn't played it yet and is waiting for downpour i highly recommend checking it out

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:08:40 AM
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Holy hot damn! Almost 4 million? With sales like that, why would they want to split their attention with the PS4? It's madness. But bloody good job on those sales figures. The best news of all is that, with further price cuts, the amount of consoles sold will only continue to rise.

I'm starting to think that the PS3 may just wind up outselling the PS2, if Sony plays it wisely. Now, where's the figures from MS?

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Jed
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:27:33 AM

Sales figures from M$ are being trumped up as we speak.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 2:47:32 AM

Right. While I think Sony should definitely have the PS4 ready to go , releasing it right away is another story. There's sometthing in me that thinks the PS3 could compete with Microsoft's next xbox. Maybe I'm delusional.

It's crazy though. To think that at all of Sony's gaming devices are still selling to this day except for the PSone. Granted, its no longer in production but still. The competition can't say the same.

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 11:08:45 AM

MS will focus on NA sales as if that's all that matters. Outside NA MS will lag behind Sony in console sales. But anyone point this out will still be referred to as a member of the Sony Defense force.

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Marckon
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:16:21 AM
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Sony has so many sources of income with their playstation division, cash flow must high for them. I think that is a very smart approach to diversification on their portfolio. If Sony has decent ps4 tech and moderate price and the game line as the psvita, we will have another champion and dominate again.

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Jaylynn
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:49:29 AM
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Am happy to say that I am one those 3.9 million people who bought a PS3 between Nov/Dec (bought one for a relative for a gift). Also that the PS2 sold 500k, that's pretty damn good even though mine is collecting dust at the moment. Can't wait to see the PS3/360 worldwide sales.

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jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 9:56:47 AM
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Sony risks cannabalization by announcing the PS4 too soon! It seems that PS3 finally found a sweet spot with its price point and product offerings this past holiday season. It'd be a shame to see them not take advantage of it for another year or two. Unfortunately I think that 2012 will be one of the last if not THE last great year for the PS3 (assuming the PS4 arrives in 2013). Bummer.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 10:52:54 AM

It's true. You're absolutely right. They're between a rock and a hard place, ya know?

If they were on their own in the industry, it would be good to wait a fair bit longer as the PS3 is really in a great stride. It's far from being on the other side of the peak. In and of itself, the PS3 is in it's sweet prime, as you say.

Unfortunately, Microsoft's system is on the decline in terms of what it can offer. So for them, it's in their best interests to come out with a new console soon. Since it was bad in NA for the 360 to come out a year earlier in addition to the PS3's initial price point, Sony really has to kind of keep up with the same release schedule since most people don't really see the two as being any different from one another.

It's too bad, really.

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Highlander
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 11:12:35 AM

The truly unfortunate bit is that MS doesn't give a crap about the 360, or Xbox project in general making money. Despite their current profitability, the Xbox project as a whole is a sea of red ink that is partially sopped up by current profitability. But since MS is cash rich thanks to Windows/Office, they can afford to spend money to break the video game market in their favor - it's what they've been doing since the original Xbox launched.

Sony makes money o video games and the BluRay products and revenue helps offset the cost of developing the PS3. Not to mention that the cost of developing the PS3 was paid for by the profits from the PS2. However selling millions of units at a significant loss created a burden that current profitability is still working on.

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jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 12:22:56 PM

You're both right in regard to Microsoft and its Xbox offerings.

360 is on the tail end of its life (in terms of product offerings), and there is no doubt that Microsoft will (and probably should) release a new console in 2013. It's unfortunate that Sony needs to plan a new system to release along side Microsoft's to prevent falling behind.

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main_event05
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 11:06:02 AM
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I sold a total of 20 PS3s last month. and 7 this month.

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bigbossluna
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 12:18:20 PM
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bueno

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firesoul453
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 1:53:12 PM
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Ya, one or two of my friends bought a ps3 during december.

I now officially have more friends with ps3s than 360s.

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Aura7541
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 3:05:28 PM
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Wow, every year, the PS3 just gets stronger and stronger and it's not going to taper off anytime soon. Looking at the PS3's really massive exclusives list for 2012, this could be the year the PS3 overtakes the 360 sales-wise.

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Robochic
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 @ 5:59:00 PM
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all i know is i am kicking myself for not buying a ps3 this holiday season it was a sick price 199.99 but at the time my hubby really needed a new video card so the money i received for christmas and his money we got him a reg 800 dollar video card for the pc for 399.99 guess i just want to make my hubby happy too :)

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