Attention members of the Sony Defense Force -- you have new ammunition in your struggle against the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii. While Sony was patting itself on the back for the PlayStation 3's birthday, it let out some interesting tidbits. According to director, hardware marketing John Koller, the PlayStation Network has 14-million active accounts and has served up 273-million pieces of content. He also claims:
"There are nearly 17 million PS3 systems around the world, and in the United States, PS3 hardware sales are up nearly 100 percent from where we were at this time last year. Software sales have tripled from a year ago."
While Sony still has a ways to go in terms of catching up to Microsoft and Nintendo, its momentum is definitely building. The hardware gains were expected, but I was surprised at how well PSN is doing. Considering the various setbacks and the Herculean task of building an online service from scratch, the PSN numbers are impressive. Now I fully expect you guys to argue about how PSN sucks/rules and Xbox Live sucks/rules. Have at it!