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Sony has sold more than 70 million PlayStation 3 gaming consoles, the company has announced. Sony also claims it has sold more than 15 million PlayStation Move motion controllers to date.

The milestone comes almost exactly six years after November 2006, when PS3 was launched. PlayStation Move was launched in September 2010.

Sony has updated the PS3 several times in those six years — most recently, in September 2012, it launched a thinner version of the console.

There’s no word, however, about PS3’s successor. For comparison, PlayStation 2 was launched in March 2000, meaning it took a little over six years for Sony to launch a new version of the platform.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/16/playstation-3-sales-hit-70-million/

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Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. Today, we’re looking at three particularly interesting stories.

Sony Announces Slimmer PlayStation 3 and More

Sony has announced a plethora of news at its Wednesday event at the Tokyo Game Show. Most importantly, the PlayStation 3 will get revamped, with a slimmer body and a new CD tray mechanism.

Furthermore, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to enjoy the benefits of the PlayStation Plus premium subscription, including free games, discounts and automatic software updates.

Finally, the company announced two new colors for the PS Vita in Japan — “cosmic red” and “sapphire blue” — as well as a manga reader app for the Vita, together with a manga store, initially carrying 3,000 titles.

iPhone 5 Reviewers Note the Downsides of Apple Maps

Though the initial batch of reviews of the new iPhone 5 is mostly positive, one thing many reviewers find sub-par is Apple’s new Maps app, which replaces Google Maps.

The T3 review notes the app is “hit and miss in terms of finding London locations;” ATD’s Walt Mossberg calls it the iPhone 5’s “biggest drawback,” and Engadget’s Tim Stevens claims the app “isn’t nearly as comprehensive as Google’s offerings on Android.”

Check out our iPhone 5 review roundup here.

ZTE to Launch Firefox-Based Smartphone in Q3 2012

Chinese smartphone giant ZTE is working with Mozilla to launch a Firefox-based smartphone in Q3 2012, Reuters reports. “We are trying to increase our efforts in coming up with our own operating system, while introducing products based on Android,” said ZTE spokesman David Dai Shu.

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, mattjeacock

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/19/slimer-playstation-3-brief/

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Gamers who download some big October titles from Sony’s PlayStation Network will get a price discount off the game’s regular MSRP in retail stores, Sony announced in a blog post Tuesday afternoon.

The program is called PSN Day 1 Digital, and it also marks the first time that AAA titles from third-party publishers are available for download on the PlayStation 3 at the same time as they are released in stores.

Some highly anticipated titles, including Dishonored, Need For Speed: Most Wanted and NBA 2K13, will cost only $53.99 when downloaded via the PlayStation Network on launch day, and 007 Legends will have a 10% discount for the first week, according to the Sony blog. Additionally, Doom 3: BFG Edition will be available for $35.99 on the first day, $4 less than the retail release.

These discounts are only available to PlayStation Plus members, Sony’s new $50 annual online service. The other catch is gamers must preorder the game through PSN before launch.

Other games are participating in the digital download program, but not offering a discount, including Resident Evil 6, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Assassin’s Creed III.

Players will still be able to purchase physical versions of these titles for PS3 at retail outlets.

This is just one of many recent experiments by consoles with digital delivery. New Super Mario Bros. 2 was available for download on the 3DS the same day it hit stores. Nintendo has also said its first-party titles would all be available for download on launch day for the Wii U, its new console.

Would you download a game instead of purchasing a physical copy if you have the option? Let us know in the comments.

Thumbnail image courtesy joo0ey, Flickr.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/25/sony-discount-download-launch-day/