Sony Sells 50 Millionth PlayStation 3 Game Console

Sales of PS3 Reach 50 Million, Sales of Move Surpass 8 Million

by Anton Shilov
04/15/2011 | 10:08 AM

Sony Corp. on Friday said that it had sold 50 million units of its PlayStation 3 game console and also shipped 8 million of PlayStation Move motion-sensing controllers. It took Sony about four and half years to achieve the 50 million milestone for PS3 and still the console is the worst-selling system in this generation.


As of March 29, 2011, sold-in (to retailers) number of Sony PlayStation 3 game console surpassed 50 million units. As of April 3. 2011, Sony itself sold 8 million of its Move motion-sensing controllers for the PS3, which allow to play specially-developed games. Since Sony reports the number of units it shipped to its partners, it is unknown how many of PS3s and Moves were actually purchased by the end-users, but it is clear that the numbers are close.

Sony PlayStation 3 was released in November 2006 and therefore it took the company around 4 years and six months to sell 50 million units. By contrast, Sony Computer Entertainment managed to sell 50 million of PS2 consoles worldwide in about 2 years and 10 months. With strong support from 3rd party developers and publishers worldwide, PS3 features a vast library of more than 2,128 software titles with more than 480 million units sold worldwide.

Even though the dynamics of PS3 sales are good, it is still the worst-selling game system in this generation among competing offerings. Microsoft Corp. managed to sell 50 million of Xbox 360 game systems as of January, 2011, and 10 million of Kinect motion sensors as of March, 2011. Nintendo sold 84.64 million Wii game consoles as of December 31, 2010.