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Sony: PS3 sales up 130%

Following SCEE president’s David Reeves

upbeat forecast of the year ahead for PlayStation

, fellow executives have praised the achievements of the business in the last 12 months and predicted a bumper year ahead for PS3.

SCEA vice president Ian Jackson stated: We’ve had a solid holiday season and have delivered consistent growth throughout this year.

Early internal data points to an increase of more than 130 percent of PS3 hardware sales for the holiday season – since Black Friday – and we’re also seeing a growth of nearly 40 per cent in total PS3 hardware sales for the calendar year. We remain confident this momentum will continue into the New Year.

"2008 was a pivotal year for PlayStation with the best software line-up in the industry, a dramatic expansion of PSN including the launches of the video delivery service and the beta of the PlayStation Home."

SCEE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida added: 2009 will be the year of big, exclusive PS3 titles.

Just to name a few, the year will start with the much anticipated launch of Killzone 2, followed by a fresh, new take on the superhero/anti-hero open sandbox genre inFamous, a mind-bending thriller Heavy Rain, a massive 256 player simultaneous online shooter MAG, an augmented reality, virtual pet in your room experience EyePet, and some more big titles that we have not even announced yet.”

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