by Anton Shilov
04/02/2007 | 10:29 PM
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has reportedly sold 600 thousand of its latest PlayStation 3 game consoles in just two days, which is a spectacular result for
Sony said it estimated that about ?400 million worth of PS3 consoles, games and peripherals were sold across
Sony’s sales figures for the PlayStation 3 in Europe are higher compared to the launch weekends in
Considering the exceptionally high price on the PAL version of the PlayStation 3 and its limited backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games, selling 600 thousand of such consoles is a spectacular achievement, as Sony succeeded in selling more consoles than its rivals Nintendo and Microsoft managed to during the launch weekends.
Initially Sony only sells higher-end PlayStation 3 version of the console, with 60GB hard disk drive, for ?599 ($777) in the most of the markets and for pricing close to that in variety of countries (UK – ?425 ($837), Ireland – ?629 ($816), Australia – AUD 999.95 ($777), New Zealand – NZ 1199.95 ($840)).
Sony PlayStation 3 console is based on the Cell processor developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, the RSX graphics chip by Nvidia Corp. and will be equipped with Blu-ray optical disk drive. There are two versions of the PlayStation console available in the USA and Japan: one is equipped with 20GB hard disk drive and priced at $499, another features 60GB hard drive, card reader and some other improvements and is offered for $599.