To think, people thought that the PS3 would die because it, “had no games.” That was years ago when the console launched at a ridiculously high price with very few games and losing exclusive titles left-and-right. Oh how far things have come. As the PS3 approaches its seventh birthday Sony has announced that the PS3 has sold 80 million units worldwide.
This is a great statistic that puts it and the Xbox 360 neck-and-neck even though the Xbox was released a year earlier than the PS3. Sony also revealed that publishers and developers worldwide have released a total of 4,332 retail games over the past seven years. That number does not include digital-only titles. Sony plans to release an additional 300 titles for the PS3 over Christmas.
PSN membership has gone up significantly with more than 150 million registered accounts as of September 19, 2013. There are more than 222,000 pieces of digital content with 72,000 of those being game content. One should remember, anyone can create as many PSN accounts as they want.
The PS3 and Xbox 360 are now both at the 80 million mark meaning there is no clear-cut winner between them. However, the Nintendo Wii is still the winner of the 7th generation of consoles having hit the 100 million mark, though it is unlikely to climb much higher now that Nintendo has ceased production of the console in Europe and Japan. Sony’s PS2 is still the record-holder with 155 million units sold.
Sony’s 8th generation console, the PS4 is out November 15 in North America and November 29 in 32 countries.