Today is Earth Day, so the health of the world is on everyone’s mind. But how about the health of worldwide sales? That’s tops on Sony’s list, as the company has sold through 50 million PlayStation 3 consoles worldwide, as well as 8 million PlayStation Move motion control setups. The PS3 has been chipping away at that 50 million milestone since the system’s launch in November 2006. The Move, meanwhile, has sold 8 million since September 2010.
Sony blasted through sales of the PS2 due in large part to that console’s inclusion of a then-new DVD drive, and you’d be hard-pressed to argue that some of the PS3’s success isn’t due to the current system’s inclusion of a Blu-ray Disc drive. In fact, the inclusion of a Blu-ray drive is how DailyGame expanded into Blu-ray movie reviews, because many of our readers have that playback functionality through their console. Couple the BD drive with regular system updates, including one that enables the PS3 to play Blu-ray 3D movies, and it’s no wonder the PS3 has hit 50 million units sold.
Stereoscopic 3D gaming and Blu-ray 3D features were introduced to the PS3 via a free system software update in April and September 2010, respectively. The feature enables users to enjoy stunningly realistic stereoscopic 3D on their PS3 system by simply connecting it to a 3D-compatible TV using an HDMI cable. The number of stereoscopic 3D software titles has reached 89 as of April 1 this year.
The PS3 features a library of more than 2,128 software titles that have collectively sold more than 480 million units worldwide.
In other words, Sony’s rich.