PS3 Japanese debut sees 88,400 sales

PS3 Japanese debut sees 88,400 sales

Saturday's launch of the PlayStation 3 console in Japan led to sales of 88,400 units of the new gaming machine, according to figures from Enterbrain.

Enterbrain publishes local gaming magazine Famitsu and its figures are generally regarded as reliable in the gaming industry.

The majority of consoles sold were the more expensive model with a 60GB hard-disk drive, Enterbrain said. It estimated 54,600 units were the 60GB model and the remaining 33,800 units were the cheaper model that has a 20GB hard-disk drive.

Among the five launch software titles "Ridge Racer 7" came in at 30,300 sales, which was just slightly ahead of "Gundam: Target In Sight," which sold 30,000 copies, according to the figures. The third-ranked title was "Resistance: Fall of Man," which sold 15,700 copies, Enterbrain says. In total there was slightly less software sold than consoles, the company says.

If correct, that appears to back up the possible sales made on launch day to people who would not be playing games but trying to resell the PlayStation 3 on-line for a profit. A number of people questioned on launch day appeared not to be gamers and some were seen buying the console with no software. Consoles are selling on Internet auction sites at about 50 percent higher than the retail price and did fetch higher prices in the hours after launch.

Media Create, another company that estimates game console and software sales, is due to announce its market estimates for the PlayStation 3 later this week.

The PlayStation 3 will go on sale in North America, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Friday. It's scheduled to reach the European and Australasian markets in March 2007.

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