PlayStation 3 turns five in Europe
- Posted March 23rd, 2012 at 12:19 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 11 Comments
PlayStation 3 is now five years old in Europe, having launched in PAL regions on March 23, 2007.
Of course, back then the machine would set you back a wallet-draining £425/€599 at launch, and came some five months after the release of its U.S. counterpart.
In terms of software, Sony’s black behemoth launched with a slew of new IPs such as MotorStorm and Resistance, plus plenty of third-party support from the likes of Namco (Ridge Racer 7) SEGA (Virtua Fighter 5) and Activision (Call of Duty 3).
The launch itself was pretty successful by all accounts, with PS3 moving roughly 600,000 units in just 48 hours. Furthermore, Sony estimated it flogged around €400 million worth of hardware, games and peripherals over launch weekend.
To date, the console has sold four million units in the U.K.
So, Euro PSU readers, how many of you picked up a PS3 on launch day? I purchased my 60GB unit in August 2007 and I’m impressed to say it’s still in fine working order.
Share your early PS3 stories in the comments section below.
- 12:58pm EDT - March 23rd, 2012
Happy Brithday Sony! Yippie yeah!
Didn't pick up a PS3 for quite a while after launch. I was really bitter that Sony dropped the PS2 hardware compatibility in Pal regions right from the get go without even reducing the price.
- 2:25pm EDT - March 23rd, 2012
thats a lie,no ps3 will last more than 3-3.5 years unless if you didn;t play at all...
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 4:51pm EDT - March 23rd, 2012
@2- I would have to disagree. One of my 7 PS3's (40gb), has been running non stop, since March of 08, and still running like a champ after I rebuilt it once so far, (cleaning). I use it for processing, just like the other six, so the hardware is always being pushed 100%. So far I have killed 2 PS3's doing it. =(
godo46 | Godo46
- 12:53am EDT - March 24th, 2012
ought mine on launch day and got yellow light in 2010 , then got a new slim , very impressed with it not too loud sony are a great company though, but naughty dog better hurry up with the last of us the new pictures look brilliant can't wait to play it
- 4:02am EDT - March 24th, 2012
@2 I bought my ps3 in august 2007. almost use it every day and still going strong
- 5:06am EDT - March 24th, 2012
I brought my PS3 on day one, played it everyday plus used alot for watching films and my consol lasted over 4 years, but I managed to get my PS3 replaced with a brand new 60gb launch system! I spent 549€ on my consol because I got 50€ off for reservation!
- 6:45am EDT - March 24th, 2012
re ordered my ps3(60 gb, card reader and 4 usb's) in 2006, and got it on launch. The bluray reader went to hades after 2 years, and i got a brand new one, though it had gone out of production. And it looked to have a better bluray reader to, as it's been working perfect to this day!
- 11:29am EDT - March 24th, 2012
I picked it up on release. But in Canada... Even though I must add that I am from sweden and have never been in Canada :P
- 3:59pm EDT - March 24th, 2012
I bought a launch day 60 gig ps3. People tend to forget that the PS3 has been about for significantly less than th 360 and that the first Xbox came out significantly after the PS2 and was replaced significantly before the PS2 was replaced by the PS3.
5 years young :)
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- 12:30pm EDT - March 25th, 2012
Mine arrived from play.com 3 days after launch, I used it for everything, games, music, films, videos, play tv, photo slide shows, porn.....i mean adult entertainment, lasted 3years till ylod, wished i'd learnt how to fix it myself back then, Got a replacemnet 60GB which still works fine, ive since learnt to fix ps3's and have been repairing other gamers consoles ever since (not a bad little earner) I now have two phat backwards compatable 60Gb machines, both get used daily for everything. Im sure in two years time I'll have to get the slims...or maybe a PS4 by then, who knows eh. Ive always been a playstation gamer, no other console will do.
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