Sony: PS3 Passes 21 Million Sold
Sony announced today that it would launch its popular hardware in Latin America, and included in that press release was their up-to-date PlayStation 3 sales tally.
Sony has confirmed that the worldwide sales of the PS3 have reached 21.3 million, with about 17 million registered PlayStation Network accounts. The former number is encouraging and mostly expected, but we have to remember that the latter statistic likely includes duplicate accounts and handheld (PSP) accounts. The only good news is that if you're going to compare it to Xbox Live, the number for Live will almost certainly include duplicate accounts as well. As for the console sales competition, not much has changed in the past few months; the 360 is around 27 million (depending on which source you use) and the Wii is at...oh, maybe ten trillion. Well, it's certainly true that the non-gaming crowd - those that would own a Wii, of course - is larger than the gaming crowd, right? There have been signs of a crack in Nintendo's armor, though, as recent tallies showed a steep 33% decline in Wii sales, likely caused by the almost complete lack of new software. This may continue (can anyone think of any must-have games for the Wii in 2009...or beyond?), allowing Microsoft and Sony to continue to close the gap.
But anyway, 21.3 million is the current total, so don't go exaggerating it. Considering it was at only a few million two years ago at this time (terrible launch, that thing had), it's a pretty damn good number.
2/20/2009 Ben Dutka