SCEA: PS3 Production 'Running Smoothly'

Despite analyst claims that it would fall short of its shipment goals for the year, Sony said Wednesday that it still plans to ship 1 million PlayStation 3 consoles to the US before the end of the year. The buzz around the console is also creating a halo effect for other products.

In a statement to gaming news Web site, Sony said manufacturing was "now running smoothly" and the company was airlifting consoles in regularly. Sales data indicates that the $599 USD 60GB unit is currently the best selling console.

Resistance: Fall of Man leads the pack as the best-selling PS3 game, followed by Madden NFL '07. The PS3 launch also helped to boost sales of both the PSP and PS2, Sony says, by 30 and 24 percent respectively.

"This truly demonstrates the power of the PlayStation brand and further validates our belief that consumers see real value in an entertainment system that will define the next decade of digital entertainment," Sony Computer Entertainment America corporate communications head David Karraker said.

New consoles arrive in the country weekly, although Sony will not provide data surrounding the number of PS3s available.

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