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Sony sold 6.5m PS3s last autumn

PSP and PS3 suffer, though.

Sony's financial results this morning have yielded some good news for the consumer electronics giant: it shifted 6.5 million PlayStation 3s between October and December 2009, says VG247.

That's a rise of 2 million consoles and over 44 per cent from the 4.5 million Sony sold in the same period in 2008. A price cut amd the new PS3 Slim model did their bit, and the launch of Modern Warfare 2 probably helped, too.

Things weren't so rosy for PS3's stable-mates, though. The ageing PS2, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year, slowed from 2.5m to 2.1m sales.

Of more concern to Sony will be the fate of the PSP handheld, which despite the launch of the PSPgo dropped almost 18 per cent of its fourth-quarter sales, falling from 5.1 million units in 2008 to 4.2 million in 2009.

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