Sony ships 5.5 million copies of GT5 racing game video

TOKYO (BestGrowthStock) – Sony shipped more than 5.5 million copies of Gran Turismo 5, the latest version of its best-selling motor-racing game franchise, in its first 12 days on sale, the company said on Friday.

Sony had twice delayed the launch of the much-anticipated PlayStation 3 game, blaming production difficulties, but eventually brought it to the market in late November.

Shipments of the new edition bring the total number of units of the franchise sold since the game was first launched in 1997 to 60 million, the company said in a news release, making it the company’s best-selling game.

Sony, which is battling Microsoft and Nintendo for share of the games market, aims to sell 15 million units of its PlayStation 3 console and about 195 million units of game software in the year to March 2011.

(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Sony ships 5.5 million copies of GT5 racing game video