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Torne Sells 60,000 In First Week -- ASCII

PlayStation 3 sees hardware boost thanks to Torne and Yakuza and will soon reach the 5 million mark.


Retail reports from last week's launch suggested great initial success for PlayStation 3's "Torne" DVR kit. ASCII Media Works has come through with solid figures to back up the anecdotal evidence.

According to ASCII, as passed along by Impress Watch, Sony sold 62,000 Torne units over the week of March 15 through March 21. The device was released on the 18th -- a Thursday release, similar to most game software.

The 62,000 figure includes sales of both the Torne kit on its own and as part of a bundle with a special 250 gigabyte PlayStation 3 hardware set. The peripheral version accounted for 75% of sales, with the bundle making up the rest.

Thanks the simultaneous release of Torne and this week's number one game Yakuza 4, PlayStation 3 hardware saw a sales boost of 69.5% over the prior week to 45,000 units. The system topped ASCII's hardware charts for the first time in three months and has now sold a total of 4.95 million units.

This site usually sources Media Create for hardware sales data. Media Create will release its figures on Friday. It often releases numbers for major peripherals and accessories as well, so we may get another indication of Torne's success.

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