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Estimate: PS3 Slim Sells "Around 500,000 Units" In First Week

Everyone was excited to see the PlayStation 3 slim down - in terms of both the size and price tag - and early sales numbers were encouraging. But how did the PS3 Slim fare in its first week?

We still don't have the official NPD numbers for the machine, but according to preliminary statistics compiled by VGChartz, the PS3 Slim sold "around 500,000" units worldwide in its first week of availability; in the US, we apparently saw a 400% increase in week-over-week sales. They say Europe saw as much as a tenfold increase and an additional 200,000 units were sold in "other regions" (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.). Japan saw a big rise as well, as the PS3 Slim came in at 150,000 for the first week, which would be a 200% overall week-over-week increase. And of course, if the hardware sales spike, the software sales also enjoy a surge: many PS3 multipltform titles easily outsold their Xbox 360 counterparts during the week in question, and that supposedly includes the recently released Batman: Arkham Asylum. We should probably point out, however, that the PS3 version of this particular title offered a special bonus (ability to play as The Joker), so that may have played a part as well. But even so, this is all a good sign, and should indicate high sales for the holiday season ahead.

While VGChartz isn't always 100% accurate, they're usually pretty close, so hopefully, the NPD numbers will reflect this early estimation.

9/7/2009 10:27:54 AM Ben Dutka

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englishgolfer
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 10:54:11 AM
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o hail the conquering hero!

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N a S a H
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 10:54:27 AM
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That's a whole lot of PS3's :O In a week.. wow

Can't wait to see what sales are like in the holidays.

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Naga
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 10:58:06 AM
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lol oh dear more lbpers

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bOnEs
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:08:31 AM

one can only hope :D...

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Lotusflow3r
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:09:45 AM

haha, that game will eventually be the world it's self.

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www
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:32:04 PM

Yea and they better play my levels!

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Slimcere
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:00:08 AM
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There is also news from the UK(were I'm from)that the slim outsold the Wii and the DS 3:1. From ChartTrack the NPD of the UK

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godsman
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:06:51 AM
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I thought the sales would be big in US, I didn't think it would be 400%!! I see 75000 sales in the week of 8/29. Is that the 400%? or 400% of THAT?
Imagine what will happen if it keep up like that in the long run.

I just want to see the Wii get knocked down to third place. Wii is really ruining the industry.

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chicko1983
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 5:40:05 PM

I wouldnt say the wii is ruining the industry - it brings a lot of casual gamers into the market that otherwise wouldn't and some of them will eventually become hardcore gamers like you and I.
The thing is, it also took some of the casual gamers from Sony and MS.
However, in the long run, getting more people in the market is a good thing for this industry as it means more sales = more money spent on development = better games overall.

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jlch777
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:17:12 AM
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Rollover!!!

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AKA M80 TheWOLF
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:26:03 AM
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If they keep this track that means they could sell up to 2mil. ps3 in a month!

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Hezzron
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 9:53:18 PM

Your math is correct.

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Crono
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:28:31 AM
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|| Japan saw a big rise as well, as the PS3 Slim came in at 150,000 for the first week, which would be a 200% overall week-over-week increase. ||

No, that would be a 15000% increase. The UK numbers increased by about 1100% week-on-week, outselling the DS, Xbox and Wii 3:1. Through deduction we've found those numbers to be at about 41,300.

That's about 192,000 for the UK & Japan combined. The US numbers as always will be a major factor in gauging the real worldwide effect of this price-drop and rebranding.

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H8WL3R
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:34:15 AM
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Well personally speaking as a North American (more specifically Canadian) the slimming down of the model and price certainly boosted my chances of FINALLY having one at this point in time. I'm generally satisfied with it thus far. ;o)

Peace. Later.

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Robochic
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:56:08 AM
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Awesome!! Thats amazing sales.... Keep going Sony!

Went to my local walmart here in Ontario Canada and they have outsold all of their 120gig slims and 160gig fat consoles, but they are giving consumers a good deal the 160gig comes with unchartered,killzone 2 and infamous and 1 blueray movie of u're choosing from a list and they are not half bad titles, the 120gig comes with an extra dual shock 3 controller and LBP now these are great bundles.

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ThePearlJamer
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:20:13 PM

I think I might just take a plane up to Ontario just to take advantage of that insane offer...

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Gregory Freeman
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:14:14 PM

where bouts in ontario???

my walmart has slims, but not that bundle... im best waiting on my slim purchases until i can find that deal...

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shadowpal2
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:01:15 PM
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OH SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

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BTNwarrior
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:02:54 PM
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I'm already anticipating the news clips for the holiday season that show mothers duking it out for that last ps3 slim.

unless of course they can keep production high

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kevinater321
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:03:24 PM
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That is really impressive. I can't even imagine how the wii and 360 will keep there heads above the water in the next few months. Let us all hope that these numbers stay consistant.

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King James
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:07:29 PM
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This is great to hear. Can't wait for the official numbers.

Keep advertising Sony! I'm seeing mad PS3 commercials!

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Fatcat3788
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:21:57 PM

Same here. It's weird seeing those instead of Xbox or Wii. Bout time Sony started advertising their products. Though I see the GTA downloadable episode just as much.

I have a feeling the people who have been doing DLC exclusive stuff (GTA *cough*) are starting to regret their decision right about now.

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King James
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:05:09 PM

No not really.

R* gives the PS3, Agent & the XBox360, GTA DLC. I think they know what they doing. Plus, I'd rather have a brand-new IP rather than a couple of 15-20hr extensions to an old game.

Plus, all 3rd-party Xbox exclusives aren't really exclusive, they're timed. Those episodes will be on the 3 soon enough. Probably packaged-up and discount, too.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:47:09 PM

And most Xbox 'exclusives' are exclusives anyway, it's on the PC, which then you can use a certain application to stream PC visuals and such to the PS3 which you then can play using your ps3 :)

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Ruzbeh_01
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:20:23 PM
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Finally! And for the final blow to xbox, we'll be looking forward to even more exclusives now that the game designers/publishers will have even more incentive to go exclusive.

PS3 owners always knew that their systems were superior - now that the rest can afford to own one or justify the expense things will be looking very bright.

Is that the smell from nervous sweat coming from Microsoft? ;)

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yak4life85
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:21:22 PM
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My looooorddd!! Wow, I hope those numbers are acurate and stay consistant. Im also seeing a lot of ps3 commercials(just one thought with the price cut 299 everywhere in background).

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Gogaku
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:23:15 PM
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That are some big numbers for sure! I was actually surprised to see that the PS3 slim topped amazons best selling list when it first came out. It's down to third (behind Wii sports resort and Halo ODST) or so now, but it's still their top selling system as of this moment.
I suspect that it will be up there again as the holidays get closer and closer.

To think what a hundred bucks can do for sales figures :)

Edit: When they hit the million mark I'm expecting a playstation remix of Lil Waynes "A Millie".

Last edited by Gogaku on 9/7/2009 12:24:44 PM

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www
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:33:33 PM

Lol yep, we need 'A Milli' remix

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ohmikkie
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:12:23 PM

Isn't Amazon's chart a hourly thing though?

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Gregory Freeman
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:19:40 PM

think about it then... if amazon's sales charts are 1 hr long, and the ps3 has been up top since the 18th of august... how many hours has it outsold everything, without even being out plus the amount of hours it's been out???

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ohmikkie
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 5:58:45 PM

@Canuck Pride: True. Interesting thought.

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www
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 12:34:19 PM
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Well, we welcome the new players to our world.

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ohmikkie
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:11:29 PM
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Very very good. Pity we don't have stats like PS3 Fat replacement numbers and XBox converts.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:22:48 PM
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Just imagine how many people decided to wait until it gets closer to xmas, I think there will be another surge in Nov-Dec.

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:31:57 PM

October = Uncharted 2

ps3 has all months covered :)

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Charger7302
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:26:40 PM
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The best part of that is while M$ lowered the price of the 360(hard-drive), it didn't really do a whole lot to increase there sells.

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Commuter
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:26:58 PM
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I know at least 5 people that will be getting a ps3 slim this Christmas and they aren't really hardcore gamers. The PS3 is going to be big this holiday season.

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Omega932000
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 1:44:26 PM
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Maybe now Rockstar North can release Grand Theft Auto IV: Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony for the PlayStation 3.

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Jalex
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:54:49 PM

As soon as their deal with Microsoft runs it's course, we'll hear an announcement for both PS3 and PC.

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Gregory Freeman
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:23:51 PM
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after christmas, we won't see another surge until the motion controllers come out...

imo, i wouldn't mind seeing a few wii exclusives like red steel, conduit and mad world go multiplat now that the ps3 gets a "wiimote"...

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johnld
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:28:26 PM
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The joker challenge maps were challenging but disappointing mostly due to having less gadget with even less ammo.

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VersusAlby
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:31:50 PM
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finally ^^
The Ps3 offers so much freedom

I can watch any video on youtube
watch my favourites movies
and a lot of good animes on certain sites^^
without problems

and the game's are getting better and better
The 360 will again become the Halo Console

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godsman
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 2:51:29 PM
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I guess Sony did knew what they were doing, when they refused to pricecut under public pressure and insisted on 10 year life-cycle.

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Cuetes
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 3:41:07 PM
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Like I said knock out blows!

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Omega932000
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 5:32:29 PM
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Jalex: Are you sure the contract is time-exclusive?, Microsoft did pay 50 millions for it, I hope the expansions comes to the PS3 and PC

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chicko1983
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 5:43:34 PM

yeah it was timed exclusive

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RadioHeader
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 5:40:59 PM
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We should all join in a world-wide minute's laughter for the doomed 360.

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Omega932000
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 6:02:48 PM
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Source of the GTA DLCs please?

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fatelementality
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 6:07:24 PM
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Oh my god............THE PTA HAS DISBANDED!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! *window crash*

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Squirreldriver
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 6:43:00 PM

LMFAO!! Thanks, I needed that, man I love The Simpsons! Too bad I can't think of any funny window crashing quotes tho.

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fatelementality
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 8:43:37 PM

Always here to make a funny :) Ned: No, no, the PTA hasn't disbanded. Guy: !!!HHHHAAAAAAA (back into chair)

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Ricochet
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 6:16:04 PM
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Pretty smart to release the date at the summer time where it's the hottest. Just a month before Uncharted 2 (which they'd better advertise like heck), and it will boost sales. On top of that Ratchet & Clank which is popular due to the comparison to pixar films both in quality and humor. And if GT5 comes this Christmas will be the "final" nail in the coffin, then the PS3 has left the stratosphere.

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 8:33:08 PM
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Happy to be a part of that number.

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 9:12:50 PM
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this is just the beginning...

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Scarecrow
Monday, September 07, 2009 @ 11:32:46 PM
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That's how it is

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___________
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 2:52:15 AM
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my slim is really wired.
some nights its so quiet i can turn my speakers off and i cant hear it running, on other nights the fans running so bloody loud i can hear it over my surround sound system.
but every time i check its nice and cool.
i wish sony had a fan speed choice in the XMB, that way if its running to loud you can quieten it down a bit.
i like to watch movies at night before i go to bed but cant do so because i cant hear whats being said because the ps3s so dam loud, and i cant turn it up because ill wake my parents up.

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OriginalSin
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 3:25:03 AM
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I'm not usually the type of person that does "predictions" and all that, but i can't resist it this time round:

Seeing 500 000 PS3 slims sold in one week (not confirmed) that makes it +/- 1 800 000 a month (keeping in consideration they won't sell 500 000 every week, some weeks less and maybe even more in certain weeks depending on what gets released). So for arguments sake lets say they can pull off between 800 000 and 1 500 000 a month that will be between 4,8 and 8,5 mil(at best) in six months. So where will the Xbox total sales be at?

Okay I'm not stupid they(M$) will still sell during those times but I honestly don't think they will outsell the PS3 in the next 6 months. Not with the price drop and the Exclusives being released within the next 6 months.

Anyway so my prediction is that the PS3 will have a bigger worldwide install base by the end of 2010. It will over take the Xbox a lot quicker than what everyone said it would back in 2007...

On the other hand I could be way off, seeing I suck at these kind of things but if I turn out to be right then...well then nothing I just get to say "I told you so" to all my Xbot buddies which would be bliss.

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Omega932000
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 6:29:29 AM
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I guess Gran Turismo 5 and Final Fantasy XIII will help PS3s to sell even more then this holiday.

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DarkManX
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 10:20:24 AM
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oh (sucks tips of fingers) xbots demise sustains me.

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LimitedVertigo
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:02:45 AM

yummy

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Deleted User
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 12:55:53 AM

there is still a 8mil unit lead to try and overcome...sony had a massive amount of pent up demand, but this isn't going to continue on in any sustainable way

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 @ 11:40:43 AM
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If these types of numbers continue, Sony's 100 million PS3's sold statement will begin to look like it's inevitable.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 @ 12:54:28 AM
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VGChartz is almost always within resonable numbers... rarely stepping outside of the 10 percent range

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