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PS3 sales up over 135 percent

SCEA releases balloons.

SCEA has announced that, based upon preliminary internal data, PS3 sales have increased by more than 135 per cent at the company's top five retailers over the past two weeks.

SCEA announced a new USD 499 retail price for the PlayStation 3 on 9th July.

"The new price on the 60GB PS3, coupled with our very strong software showing from E3, is certainly paying dividends in terms of impressive sales across the board at retail," said Jack Tretton, SCEA president and CEO.

In the two weeks following the price drop, total PlayStation hardware sales have increased by 161 per cent, software sales by 15 per cent, and peripheral sales by 60 per cent.

Even before the price drop, PS3 sales in June were up 21 per cent over May sales according to NPD data.

Sony sold 290,108 PSP units in June, a 31 per cent increase year-over-year. The PlayStation 2 continued to sell strongly with sales of 270,763 for the month of June.

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