The PlayStation 3 (PS3) console has reached 1 million unit sales in PAL regions, including the UK and the rest of Europe.

This comes as good news to Sony after last week’s figures showed that Nintendo’s Wii console was outselling the PS3 by a 5:1 margin.

Selling one million units in nine-and-half weeks since its launch on March 23 makes the PS3 a more popular console than both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Reaching 165,000 units in the first two days it was available made the console the second best selling debut console beside Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP).

The PlayStation Network has also seen success, attracting 460,000 registered European users. Sony also revealed that roughly two million units of first-party software have been sold into the channel, with Resistance: Fall of Man reaching 600,000 units. However sales in Japan have been declining, with it selling just under a million units by mid January, behind its target, despite being available there since November last year.

See PC Advisor’s review of the PS3.