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Sony ships 80 million PS3 units worldwide

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Sony Computer Entertainment shipped 80 million PlayStation 3 units since its launch in 2006, the company announced today.

The milestone reflects the PS3's "sell-in" figure, which reflects the number of units shipped to distributers and retailers, not the number of units purchased by customers through those distribution channels.

In the announcement, Sony touted exclusive games like thatgamecompany's Journey and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, the Azurite Blue PS3 as well as PlayStation Network and PlayStation Plus as contributing to the console's longevity.

Sony's next-gen successor to the PlayStation 3, the PlayStation 4, is set to be released Nov. 15 in North America and Nov. 29 in Europe and Latin America. For more on the next-gen console, be sure to check out Polygon's hands-on impressions of the DualShock 4 controller.