Two years ago tomorrow the PlayStation 3 had its North America launch. Remember November 2006? Ah, yes, the days of $3,000 machines being sold on eBay and beyond-the-pale mayhem in the midnight line-ups to get one. Sony Computer Entertainment America had a far more sedate affair on Wednesday, toasting the two year anniversary (don't call it a "birthday") of the console. There were no big announcements or proclamations at the event, but it did showcase Killzone 2 and Resistance: Retribution, kind of apt considering Resistance: Fall of Man was a console launch title. They also had a video depicting the evolution of the console's firmware, which is always sort of trippy to remember what you didn't have two years ago and what you take for granted now. And on that score, of course, PlayStation Home's open beta will hit sometime before the end of the year. Worldwide sales of the console stand at 16.8 million units at the year two mark. So, cheers and here's to year three.
Half Empty says: "Considering how troublesome everything was leading up to the launch and for many, many months thereafter, how they've turned things around and have a userbase of 16.8 million ww is impressive."
Half Full says: "Considering Sony was the market leader BY FAR for over 10 years and the name Playstation synonymous with video games, to only have 16.8 million owners ww after 2 years has to be an unexpected disappointment."