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Sony said today that sales of the PlayStation 3 have hit 70 million units worldwide. That’s an impressive number, but it means that Sony has come in third place in the three-horse console race.

The Tokyo electronics giant said today it also sold more than 15 million units of its PlayStation Move motion-sensing controller. That’s behind Microsoft’s Kinect sales (though the publisher does not disclose exact numbers on that platform), and it’s far behind Nintendo, whose Wii motion-sensing controller comes with every console.

Sony hit the 70 million number on Nov. 4, less than six years after the platform launched in 2006. That record is worse than the PlayStation 2, which has sold more than 150 million units worldwide. (Sony uses sell-in numbers, or those sold to retailers).

Microsoft’s number for the Xbox 360 is probably above Sony’s, though not by much. And Nintendo has sold an estimated 96 million Wii consoles since 2006.

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