Sony Sells 500,000 New PSPs

Sony said Thursday that it had sold 500,000 units of its updated PlayStation Portable model in Japan. While sales have cooled significantly since its September 20 launch when 250,000 were sold in a mere four days, it was still a blockbuster month for the device. Sales were the highest since December 2004, the month the original PSP launched.

The PSP led all other consoles -- including the set-top ones -- during the week of September 24 to 30 in Japan, according to figures from MediaCreate. The device sold 102,809 units, significantly more than second place Nintendo DS at 72,895. The closest console was the Wii, which sold 24,143 consoles, the firm said.

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