In a press release today Sony Computer Entertainment UK has announced that cumulative sales of the PlayStation3 (PS3™) have surpassed 5 million units in the UK.

"The iconic PlayStation 3, first brought to the UK & Europe in 2007, offering gaming and entertainment enthusiasts unparalleled power and cutting edge technology, being the only console that could deliver true high-definition content via its innovative Blu-ray drive. This milestone coincides with the launch of the recently re-designed, smaller and lighter PS3, which has had its internal volume and weight reduced by more than half compared to the very first 60GB model.

Available as a 500GB or 12GB family-friendly model (launching October 12th), what the console now lacks in size, it makes up for in entertainment offerings, across film, catch up TV services, music and of course, video gaming the whole family can enjoy.

Commenting on the UK sales landmark, Fergal Gara (VP and Managing Director UK & Ireland) said "This is another historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and something I'm incredibly proud of. I'd like to thank all our consumers, retailers and 3rd party partners for helping us achieve this figure, and look forward to continued success.""