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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woot go Sony! make them dollas! .....and oh yeah wii = childish! 360 = faulty!....have a great day.

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I'm frankly unimpressed. Gaming was not as big of a market back during the last two generations, and it should always be expected that consoles break records every time. Think of it this way. NES could never have sold as many consoles, or as fast. There simply weren't that many people into gaming. Even if there was no competition. Sure, they sell fast in PAL regions, but considering that those buyers have to be charged an arm and a leg, where do they have money to buy software and accessories???

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Its funny how where I live (in new york city), it seems to be different. My best buy usually has about 5 360's, 2 PS3's and no Wii's in stock. And I frequent bet buy a lot.

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this is great just wait until fall when exclusives like heavenly sword and others release....sells will double or even triple.....cant wait to see the look on xbox fanboy face's LMFAO the look on our faces? why should we even give a **** whether ps3 fans get a few exclusives. i wouldnt even play most of those games anyways. its people like you who are messing up the entire gaming community by hoping a companys products will fail for some reason. if youre happy with your console, than be happy. and you should put that saying "ps3 sales will tripple!" in your sig and keep it there until january and lets just see. i dont want sony to fail, i just think theyre screwing consumers this time around.

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Master2 "SHUT UP...GET THE CONSOLE YOU WANT... I KNOW I'LL BE HAPPY WITH PS3" exactly, enjoy ur PS3 when u get it btw, its awesome :)

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Dear shadowblade99, As you see, we don't need your money, so go ***** yourself Signed, Sony

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Really Sony, then how come I can find plenty of PS3s on the shelves and very few X360 and no Wiis huh? I don't think it's because they didn't make enough....Drop your price to around $300.00 and we'll talk about buying a PS3. Until then I'm happy with the consoles I have.

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this is great just wait until fall when exclusives like heavenly sword and others release....sells will double or even triple.....cant wait to see the look on xbox fanboy face's LMFAO

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well im buying my ps3 for $320 from someone who wants to get rid of it. Ps3s arent moving very fast and are losing alot of money, what else is there to be said?

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Here is something for you guys to think about.Why is it a BULL**** milestone when sony sales one million but not BS when 360 sold a million?Why do i see people who work at EB talk about how they can`t even give away a ps3?Hell I`m right here sence your giving them away I`ll take 20.Nobody wants a ps3 they say,they lie about numbers they say.What would be the point in that really,cause if you lie about the numbers you still ain`t making any money and thats what its really all about.So when a person says sony lies about the numbers,then they are really sayin that sony is not making money and just wants to look good.This is Japan we are talking about people,all they want to do is make money it seems over there.Just stop drinking the hater-aid that MS sells you real cheap cause sony is good at what they do.

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i like to hear that ..but i still do not have the ps3 i think i ll wait for a price fall will be my chance by the way the 360 is a stupid machine the playstation franchise has more reputation and sony are more experienced than microsoft cheers Sony NOTE :If you think the 360 is better please keep our opinion for yourself cause i don't want to watch another comment that tell how stupid am i because the 360 is better ..that would be rude bye

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p00phead So playstation is doing better than i thought in New Zealand,Australia and europe ********************************************************************************* buddy,i might correct ur sentence : playstation is doing great in NZ,Australia,Europe,AND ALSO ASIA countries.Me a Korean ,used to go to small countries like Malaysia and Singapore for years....most of them are playing PS.No doubt that playstation has become a part of gamers' life. p.s 360 are more preferred by americans.

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lets go PS3 ....

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"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." No... not really. Ok, for launch it was maybe good enough but now some time has passed and there are almost no new games (at least not a single game I'm interested in.) And don't speak about the crapy german online store! Anyway I'm always glad to hear some good Sony-news.

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In Australia Sony fanboys are everywhere... Maybe they should look at the damn system not just the name before buying it. PS3 is going to be wicked eventually (Looks at FF13/MGS4) but right now... its anything but. Oh well, at least Australians have gotten over the Nintendo = Childish thing. Oh, and we have a great XBL community here....

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So playstation is doing better than i thought in New Zealand,Australia and europe

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So i guess ps3 is more popular in pal and Australia like New Zealand

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I like my 360 and though I don't have a Wii I can see the merits of the system. But quite how so many people are looking at this news and trying to bash Sony with it just... boggles the mind. Fanboys, eh?

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Boo @ Sony! They think money grows on trees. Just because the console sold well in PAL regions, they forgot the NTSC regions: US/Canada and Japan, the bigger consumers.

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Reizoko03 "Umm, am I missing something? But how is 165,000+ anywhere near 90% of 1 million"--------- I meant the first couple of weeks not days. My bad. They sold through about 800,000 thousand in mid April. Which was a little less than a month after launch. Which means that sales have signifigantly slowed. It seems that everyone that wanted a PS3 has one by now.

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its not a big deal. the sony franchise is more popular now so it makes sense. it will sell more than all the other systems by the end of its cycle

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"Pooey_Mess Wow Sony, it would be like outselling the limited shipments of PS3's during America's launch with an extremely well-stocked amount of PS4's (hypothetically). OF COURSE the PS3 sold more, faster. That should be expected; it's a bulls*** milestone. There were just more PS3's for the masses to get a hold of at launch than the PS2 6 years ago. *slow claps for Sony*" ______________________________________________ well, maybe. but considering how the wii is selling like wildfire, and undeniable success of the xbox 360, the ps3 has a lot more competition than the ps2 had. so keeping that in mind, and also recalling the huge cutbacks in initial shipments, and acknowledging the general ill-will towards the PS3 from basically everybody (since its so popular to hate sony right now), i think this is pretty remarkable that sony has reached this milestone so fast. i mean, what you're saying is, plop the item on the shelf and it's certain to be bought. if you're saying that, then whoever can produce the greatest number of consoles the fastest wins the console war. and come on! it's not like that at all. it's consumer demand, fool. and considering the circumstances, you'd expect demand to be a lot lower for the ps3. but surprise surprise, 1 million in PAL regions. i think sony deserves a round of applause.

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Umm, am I missing something? But how is 165,000+ anywhere near 90% of 1 million.

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It sold almost 90% of those consoles in the first couple days. That means it hasn't sold much of anything since. Spin it all you want that doesn't bode well for Sony. Just more proof that the PS3 is on it's way to a failure.

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Wonderful news!

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It's great to see that Sony knows what their doing. As even Insomniac director saw it, the PS3 will stand up to the amount of hard rivalry between Nintendo and even Microsoft.

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This is actually bad news for people on the fence waiting for a price drop. Sony counts units shipped from factory to warehouse as 'sold'. That allows them to put them into the books for that fiscal timeframe. Unfortunately what that also means is according to their last yearly report about 35-40% of those units are still in the warehouse and until they actually get 'bought' they cannot drop the price for those units. It's business strategy mixed with inventive marketing that will ultimately come back to bite. They have painted themselves into a corner and are now trying to distract with how pretty the rest of the room looks.

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I will only be getting a PS3 when better games are released.

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ps3 will once again be the king of the consoles.

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I'd have been more inclined to believe this if the source of the information wasn't Sony themselves. If they told me the Sun was in the sky I'd look out the window to check, especially after all the BS they've fed the UK market over the PS3 so far.

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overpriced pile of crap, thats the PS3

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my mum is 68 and she owns a PS3 and a Wii, she bought the PS3 for the Blu-ray (she has a 50" 1080p TV in her bedroom), she bought the Wii for the virtual console, shes waiting for Wrecking Crew (she can do all 100 levels) She is over 23 though, I'm 38 and I have a PS3 as well, so at least 2 of us are over 23.

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"eminem_glen lol @ lanista. Blueray is not the reason the ps3 sells in Europe. The reason the PS3 sells in Europe is the brand. Trust me, there aren't that many people with T.Vs that can output the true beauty of blueray." Hmmm, you obviously didn't read the post I said PART of the reason MAY be Anyway, if the BlueRay is not part of the reason, as you are saying, then Sony has failed Because Sony do want BluRay to be used for movies, and the PS3 is their main vehicle to achieve that Sony themselves credit the PS2 for aiding the adoption of DVD, and it's clear they expect the PS3 to have a similar influence for it's BluRay Yes, the Playstation brand is strong in Europe, and that undoubtedly means many of the sales are for that reason, but don't discount what I said in my post In Europe, PS3 is not hardware backwards compatible with Playstation and PS2, and yet is more expensive I feel Sony is trying to milk my loyalty and so for now I'll stick with my Playstation and PS2, and I may never make the move to PS3 If others feel the same as me, then don't expect the Sony brand to stay as strong as it has been......

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playstation has proven its self as the best console it lasts 7 years with out a new model coming out xbox on the other had are new to the console world and are strugling to keep up they launched 2 consoles in the space while the ps2 was still out. i think the vibration effect was a loss to playstation becasue motion sensors are kinda lame some news show i saw said it was doing harm to gamers because of thier fitness levels but that was with a wii hopefully ps3 dosent intergrate the motion sensors to much.

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You can't win console wars without winning in Japan. XBOX learned that the hard way last generation and the Wii is owning PS3 right now there. Still, good news for Sony I guess. They really need to start releasing some quality titles soon though...Lair anyone?

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I am not buying a PS3 until home is released, also the system needs better games and the vibration of the controllers

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Xbox Fans have an excuse for everything." Europeans don't like American things" "There were more PS3s available for sell then PS2" Here's an reason for the Xbox 360s sell numbers. Microsoft didn't give its original Xbox customers a choice. They cut them off cold turkey after only 5 years. no more games. Halt production of the system. I'm surprised they haven't kicked them all out of Xbox live. Sony is still supporting PS2. its not giving up on its previous systems customers cause they have launched a new system. They could have halted the production of God of War 2 and made it a PS3 game. But Sony wasn't about to do that to PS2 customers that had been so loyal to the system. No they have allowed the PS2 to continue. Now in doing that it has hurt PS3 sells. It was the same way with the PS1 against the PS2. Sony doesn't abandon customers for sells. However Microsoft does! They do the same thing with their Window operating system.

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Every person I've ever seen buy a PS3 has been under 23, and I worked at a gaming store. I simply love those generalizations I hear once in a while around here. The Wii and PS3 are radically different machines, and it really doesn't take much to realize that the latter is built with a multimedia hub in mind. In other words, attract a more mature audience, likewise for the 360. The Wii was made to offer something different and expand the gaming market, and it's doing just that. There isn't much to it, and spinning those points around to belittle or boast one system or another doesn't change facts. But let's just comment on how this isn't good news and Sony's bs'ing, while pointing out the obvious fact that the higher MSRP and lack of content is costing them the market share that's going to the 360 and Wii. What's new there? Still waiting to order something on the PS3, You''ve pre-ordered 3 multiplatform games on the 360, but I guess you prefer that controller, or one of those people who believe that the games will be better there. Sigma is out soon; a remake or not, the extras and tweaks certainly makes it a worthy purchase. Having said the earlier, why did you bother getting a PS3 to begin with? Even its most highly anticipated title doesn't interest you.

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Wait until this fall when all of those PS3 exclusive hit. Then there's the Christmas season sales. Sony is going to dominate again! By January there will be no doubt. With Blu Ray sell burying HD DVD sales.

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I wonder how much will take to Sony to screw up again. Can't be too far.

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nice never thought aobut it

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Amusingly enough, looking at a graph of all sales worldwide from launch, and aligning up the launch of the 360 vs the launch of the PS3, the graph of the 360 sales is winning until the 20th week, when the PS3 gains the upperhand. However, with the huge drop in sales for the PS3 at this point in time, the 360's sales graph for the same period after it's launch is once again taking over. link to this info:<< LINK REMOVED >>

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well whoopie. in my view sony main system at this time in the usa is the ps2. i still cant get over the fact god of war2 just for the ps2 and not the ps3. sony took some dumb pills. they need like 4 hot games to get the ps3 a kick start, i have the 360 and as a rule the same games come out for both systems, just a few that dont sony only games, sony needs god of war3 bad on the ps3, they need to take the bluray out dumb move, just to high for a system. 599 plus tax, and to play one good game fall of man , and that was over 6 months ago. i think sony dug a hole and they are not climbing out with the ps3, ps3 will be like the gamecube 3rd place, the 360 i think in 6 months will win hands down, just look at the good games comming out for the 360 in the summer they have some good titles for the summer,and when the winter comes wow wow. nintendo is being dumb again i think nintendo is lost, and if they dont find themselfs soon with all this port over stuff and weak titles, maybe sony might be 2nd with in 6 months, sony is dumb nintendo is lost, and the 360 is right on track gaining steam and speed

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They're goin' to be playin' Resistance a long time, because that's all the PS3 has going for it now (besides Blu-Ray). I think this just shows the level of hostility in Europe toward all things American right now. Also, Europeans don't quite have as violent taste as Americans.

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kicking Microsoft butt in Europe :) at least Europeans have taste. it's selling faster in Europe then the xbox360 did.

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Good for them, it will still take a few more games out to get me to invest in it though. I have a 360, a Wii, and I would love to add the PS3 in for some exclusive stuff, I'm holding out before buying for Lair and Heavenly Sword.

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thanx for the chart list Jestarius. As the list shows the Wii is heading the sales of consoles followed by the 360 and then the PS3. I am not talking that the ps3 JUST CAME OUT AND THE 360 HAS BEEN OUT FOR A YEAR. Its just the weekly sales look it up. << LINK REMOVED >>