PS3 sales reach 80 million ahead of PS4 release date

Sony has announced that the PS3 console has reached the huge milestone of 80 million unit sales worldwide.

Ahead of the PS4 release date later this month, Sony issued a press release highlighting the PS3 sales milestone.

Despite the fact the PS3 is now seven years old and the PS4 launch is imminent, Sony’s announcement proves the current-generation console is still going strong.

“Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system has reached a milestone of 80 million units worldwide as of November 2, 2013”, reads the official press release. “Now in its seventh year, the PS3 system has demonstrated continued growth and momentum.”

Sony slashed the price of its 12GB memory option PS3 console to £159.99 with a duo of DualShock 3 controllers, which may have helped spur some sales later in the PS3’s lifetime.

A flurry of new titles will also have helped boost sales as GTA 5, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins and Call of Duty: Ghosts have all arrived within the past couple of months on current-generation consoles.

The Japanese electronics manufacturer also announced that the PlayStation Network is now available in 59 countries and has over 150 million registered accounts.

The PS4 released date is scheduled for November 15 in the US and will reach UK stores on November 29, a week after the Xbox One is released.

It will retail for £349 with a single DualShock 4 controller. Any additional gamepads will set you back around £45 (depending on the colour that takes your fancy).

 Sony is also launching the PS4 Killzone: Shadow Fall Mega Bundle for £450, which offers two DualShock 4 controllers, a digital copy of the game and the PlayStation Camera.

Next, read our Xbox One vs PS4 comparison.

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