PlayStation 3 crosses 80 million sales

PS3 hits new sales milestone weeks before PS4 launch.

The PlayStation 3 has now sold 80 million units worldwide.

Sony announced the new milestone today, which the company said it reached on November 2, 2013.

The PlayStation 3 was first released in Japan and North America in November 2006, with a European release following in March 2007.

Alongside the announcement, Sony emphasised that 300 games will be released for the PlayStation 3 this holiday season across boxed physical release and digital downloads. Those will join the 4,332 games that have already been released for the platform, Sony adds.

The company singled out Naughty Dog's The Last of Us for particular praise, which sold 3.4 million copies worldwide in its first three weeks on sale.

Microsoft last month announced that the Xbox 360 had also crossed 80 million sales, although the Xbox 360 first went on sale a year earlier in November 2005.

The Wii, meanwhile, has sold 100 million units since its launch in 2006.

Sony's next home console, the PlayStation 4, will be released on November 15 in North America and November 29 in Europe.

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Nick Nitrogen
Nick Nitrogen

Yeah John I know. Maybe with all of these app type updates to support the PSVita, perhaps they will include some sort of app that will allow you to play certain PS3 titles via DLC...we'll see. :)

John Dettman Jr.
John Dettman Jr.

Still a little disappointed there isn't a backwards capability between ps3 n 4. :(

Colin Norman
Colin Norman

With so many sales its a pity Sony will pull the plug for online play for PS3 in about 2 years time,just the same as they did with the PS2.

Ben Colvin
Ben Colvin

Good for them. Good for Sony. Every worker at Sony can go home today and say, "By golly, I've done it!"

soulless4now
soulless4now

Good to hear though I'm not sure if it'll reach the 100 million mark before it goes out of production, but it still has years so left so we'll see. 

rasterror
rasterror

Nice but Sony still loss $5 billion + on the PS3.  Selling a billion items at a loss is still a loss.

Anthony Zombo
Anthony Zombo

Kenshiro supports Sony? That only means Sony consoles is the manliest consoles for manly men.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Lame sale numbers. Everybody knows it's because of the red lights. When my PS3 was off, the red lights appeared, i was pissed and threw away.

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

On vgchartz shows xbox 360 sold 78.8 million...

John Martins
John Martins

I wouldn't say the Wii won. It looked promising and ultimately failed to deliver and contributed to many of the failings of Nintendo's next console.

John Martins
John Martins

God Sam, you don't just advertise your dirty deeds in public places.

Jack Vazquez
Jack Vazquez

Cheaper consoles. Also, most of the library is shovelware.

Jack Vazquez
Jack Vazquez

Because is more cheaper, hardware is more cheaper, games are cheaper, and multiplayer is free.

Jim DiTullio
Jim DiTullio

Proud owner of a Original 20G Fatty with a 500G upgraded HD. Runs like new; Love the 3-D games like Uncharted 3 :)

Hurvl
Hurvl

So, Xbox 360 got to 80 million one month before PS3, eh? Hah, big difference. This console war is pretty much a draw.

Alexander Scott
Alexander Scott

Why are people buying PS3s when the PS4 is coming so soon?

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

I still wish I got the legit PS3 that comes with metal gear 4, with 80gb and 4 USBs (which only Wii U offers now) and card readers and runs PS2.

now thats a 2006 console!! not that ugly thing in the pic >.<

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

The fact that PS3 had blue ray, was the reason it was able to be as successful as it was. If it only had the online portion that the 360 had...

Nick Nitrogen
Nick Nitrogen

PS3 still has some life left in it and will be supported fro some time to come! No need to trade it in or sell it just yet as it still has some value! I am going to have both! PS3 & PS4

Nathan Relatado
Nathan Relatado

Was talking about socom yesterday with some mates, what a legendary game.

Mike Gleeson
Mike Gleeson

The benefit of consoles is the uniformity. Developers develop for ONE HARDWARE CASE, and that's it. With PC's you have millions of different hardware configurations to consider, and it might not work 100% as intended on all of them. That being said, PC's are undoubtedly the more useful machine, as Consoles serve one purpose and PC's have unlimited.

Usman Mustapha
Usman Mustapha

PS2 is still on the top with more than 150 million units sold. Hail Sony!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Holy facebook please make it stop.

Usman Mustapha
Usman Mustapha

I think PS4 will sell more than 100 million units and will beat Nintendo Wii.

Ravi Pathak
Ravi Pathak

People say pc gaming and it's need for constant upgrading is expensive? Let me tell guys that a good graphic card costs equal to 4 of your exclusives, but it's value is way higher.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

Facebook... Facebook everywhere... this is MADNESS!!!

Ravi Pathak
Ravi Pathak

I'm waiting for the ign post of this topic. The comment section has better entertainment than Monday night football.

Ramano Pluym
Ramano Pluym

The online games were way better on the ps2, remember the day's from bf mc 2, socom 1 and 2. Shame cheaters ruined socom 1 and 2 but gameplay wise it was way better than the games that are out now

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Diegoctba Absolutely. The same red light thing happened to me every time I turned mine off too. SO annoying.

Maize84
Maize84

@Vinnvn Yes, but microsoft says otherwise, and on this website, anything microsoft says must be true.  : P

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Hurvl Sounds like it was just as well XBox360 had a year head-start then :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Ladiesman17 This...Is...Social Media Integration Or Whatever They're Calling It! Everything needs to be linked to facebook and other sites nowadays. Meanwhile, we're as social as before social media crashed our party, so what's the point.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Ramano Pluym Are you fucking joking? On PS2? The online on PS2 was TERRIBLE. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hadlee73 Yeah, you could say that the PS3 got to 80 millions faster than the Xbox 360, but in the end the only thing that counts is the final result and so Xbox 360 wins by a nose length. Fanboys and MS might try to make that appear as a grand victory, but it's not. It's not even over yet, but the numbers won't increase drastically over the next years.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Grenadeh Facebookers can't hear you I've heard others say, so it's useless to reply to them. Alternatively, you could write anything without getting an angry reply back. It's useless for trolling them, though.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Hurvl @hadlee73 The big question is, where are the defined rules of when a gen ends and a new one begins? If in another 5 years time the PS3 has continued to sell up to 120 mil units (unlikely, but humour me) whereas the Xbox 360 peaks at 95 mil, I doubt Sony (or their fans) would consider that gen much of a loss especially considering the cheaper manufacturing costs of the current PS3.