PS3 sells 1 million in PAL regions

Sony confirms that its latest sales figures show the PS3 selling faster than the original PlayStation or PS2.


After a low-key midnight launch at Virgin on London's Oxford Street, a long European launch delay, and the latest news that Nintendo's Wii is outselling Sony's PlayStation 3 5-to-1 in Japan, this week finally sees some good news for the console. The latest sales figures show that the PS3 is enjoying a healthy success in PAL regions including the UK, the rest of Europe, and Australia.

Across PAL territories the PlayStation 3 has now sold more than a cool 1 million units since its March 23 launch 10 weeks ago, as reported by trade site MCV. This makes the console a faster seller than either the original PlayStation or the PlayStation 2.

As far as first-party software goes in PAL territories, Sony also confirmed to GameSpot that Resistance: Fall of Man was the top seller so far, having shifted some 600,000 units, and MotorStorm is revving in second place with a total of approximately 500,000 sales.

The PS3 broke UK console records by selling 165,000 units in the first two days it was on sale in the UK, the second-best debut only to the handheld PlayStation Portable. It was also announced in April that the console had reached the 800,000 milestone, with CEO Howard Stringer commenting, "We came into the [European market] with more games, and perhaps we lived up to the expectations in Europe in a way that perhaps we didn't in Japan."

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Brilliant. Perhaps when we see the PS4 it will be released in PAL territories first then elsewhere.

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Anyone who believe this never took business classes the fact is sony ps3 is not selling faster in that region it's true it's selling faster then the ps2 yes but not because it's a better console it's because they are more ps3 around then they were ps2 sony didn't even have 1 million ps2's out in that area 10 weeks after launch and why do people still believe because alot of people buying it that they should also

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Good news for those of us who did'nt jump ship and turn our backs at the first sign of trouble. Stay golden troops!!

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good job Sony !

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thats good

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sony should reward us europeans with some games on the playstation store we deserver at leased 1 ps1 game

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This is some good news :) It shows that by having a launch with enough consoles to meet demand can work very well

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NEAT-O! So whats the total for all territories combined?

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Good going Sony ... Il allways be at your side :D

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I guess it just goes to show you....the Japanese taste is far different than Europe and the US. We prefer Resistance: Fall of Man and they prefer...uh..Mario.

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Sony Please your fans and make great games! You are lucky you sold lots of consoles now concentrate on making worth while excusives!

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PS3 rocks...nintendo sucks

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signs of good things to come in the future? I hope so.

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PS1 - 100,000,000 Million Units SOLD (1st System to ever do it) PS2 - 115,000,000 Million Units SOLD (2nd System to ever do it) No other system ever did that. PS3 - id say atleast 150,000,000 - 170,000,000,000 Million Units Sold

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they are still not making profits with the system so they need to develop games that are only for the ps3

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Sweet :D Hey what;s this big June 11th Secret? Wonder what Phil has up his sleeve :D

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Aww, the ps3 is doing good

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this is the beginning, mark my words...all you sony haters will have to eat your words and be left silent soon

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rich european

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Finally good news, xbots will hate this.

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The first good news from Sony in quite a while. Nice job!

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time will tell

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well sony we scratch your back.........

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Very good news! go-on doing the good job, sony!

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yes finally it begins. domination is in affect. hopefully it starts to sell every were. thanks pal for the sales figures. maybe it won't catch up with the wii but at least sell anuff to stay afloat.

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Great news! I'm European, and got it at launch. PS3 rules!

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europeans are smart smart enuff I guess

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Hope this is the beginning of more great news.

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Good news.