PlayStation 3 sells 5 million consoles in Japan

Sony's PlayStation 3 went over the 5 million mark as of April 11 having sold 5,001,598 consoles. Final Fantasy XIII holds first place for game sales on the PS3 with 1,883,828 units sold since it's hugely popular release in December 2009. At a distant second Metal Gear Solid 4 has sold only 706,461 units since mid 2008.

Although a milestone for Sony it has only sold around half as many consoles as its rival the Nintendo Wii with 10,009,738 units sold. Microsoft's Xbox 360 like its predecessor has had less success in Japan than the PS3 and Wii with 1,235,049 units sold.

The landmark sales for Sony comes on a wave of good news for the PS3 after industry analyst David Mercer argued sales for the console would outsell the Wii by 2013.

The news is good for the console maker however outselling its previous console the PlayStation 2 with 140million units sold worldwide (21million in Japan), still appears far off.

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still1 said,
ha wonder whats the sales figure in US? love to see how all the console do now.

according to these guys http://www.vgchartz.com (who knows how accurate/up to date) in the US xbox360: 22.8M / PS3: 13.7M / Wii: 32.9M

Edited by Co_Co, Apr 14 2010, 6:02am :

^ That is rather interesting. Well over 50% of the Xbox's world wide sales are in the United states. It is aæsp strangely not that far ahead of the PS3, total of 33,9M, considering the 360 has a year on the playstation.

MindTrickz said,
^ That is rather interesting. Well over 50% of the Xbox's world wide sales are in the United states. It is aæsp strangely not that far ahead of the PS3, total of 33,9M, considering the 360 has a year on the playstation.
If you are going to take world wide statistics then you have to factor in that the console didn't have a simultaneous world wide launch. Here in Australia for instance it wasn't out until late March the following year.


So just keep that in mind, it's not a full year over Sony everywhere.

Edited by Smigit, Apr 14 2010, 11:46am :

Smigit said,
If you are going to take world wide statistics then you have to factor in that the console didn't have a simultaneous world wide launch. Here in Australia for instance it wasn't out until late March the following year.
So just keep that in mind, it's not a full year over Sony everywhere.

and the same apply to Sony as well. they didnt launch PS3 worldwide. so i think they have a 1 full year advantage.

His claim that "the [PS3] would outsell the Wii by 2013" is very bold.
Considering both consoles have been out since around 2006 and Nintendo has sold twice as many Wiis as Sony has sold PS3s, there would have to be no Wiis sold in Japan over the next three years and the rate of sales of PS3s would have to increase...
Unless he means it will outsell on a monthly basis. But by then we'll most probably be into the next generation of consoles.

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