If you live in Europe, Australia, New Zealand or any other PAL territory around the world, and you own a PlayStation 3, you’re in good company: As of December 17th 2012, Sony says it has sold 30 million units, a milestone with demonstrates “the continued popularity and momentum” of the home console.
Jim Ryan, President and CEO of SCEE, explains:
This is a major milestone for us and clearly shows just how popular the PlayStation brand and products are within Europe and the PAL territories. We are really pleased with the success of the PS3 system over the last six years, and are committed to continuing our support of the platform with high quality products and titles that are of the caliber that PlayStation fans have come to expect.
In the six years since the platform’s launch, Sony has continued to reinforce the hardware with innovative, award-winning entertainment experiences, ranging from Gran Turismo to Resistance to LittleBigPlanet and the recently-released Wonderbook. As well as games, there is a wide range of movies, tv series and music content available directly through the system. We’ve also seen several re-designed PS3 consoles, with the latest nearly unrecognisable when compared to the 2006 model.
…and just in case you thought this sort of announcement is a precursor to a new regime in 2013, think again: Sony smugly states at the end of the announcement that the company will continue to “further expand the PS3 platform and create a world of computer entertainment that is only possible on PlayStation”.