Media Create Co. this week said the Sony Corp.’s Playstation 3 ranked third in hardware sales in the latest Japan retail data amid an outage of the Playstation Network division.

The PS3 sold units between May 2 and May 8 to rank No. 3 in overall hardware sales.

By comparison, it sold 23,954 units the week prior.

The hardware ranked one title in the top 10, including Konami Corp.’s Pro Spirits Baseball 2011 at No. 6.

Sony told Bloomberg this week that it is adopting an improved security system and plans to restart PSN and Qriocity services by May 31.

Access to the Playstation Network and Qrocity divisions has been crippled following an external intrusion that compromised consumer data.

Sony May 6 said it has begun to restore the Playstation Network division through internal testing.

This week, customers who purchase the PS3 160GB SKU will receive a Dualshock controller at no additional cost.

Sony in Feb. recorded a Q3 profit of $564 million in the Network Products and Services division, a 135 percent increase from the year prior.

The PS3 sold 6.3 million units in the in the third quarter, a decrease of 6.5 million the year prior. The company held a target of 15 million units sold by the end of fiscal Mar. 2011.

The PSP sold 3.6 million units in the same period, down from 4.2 million units one year ago.

PS3 software sold 57.6 million units and PSP software sold 16.5 million units in the quarter.

Sony in Feb. began sale of the Playstation 3 160GB Killzone 3 Bundle at $299.99.

The PS3 is sold in a 160GB SKU at $299.99 and a 320GB SKU at $349.99.

Sony in Sept. began sale of the Playstation Move controller.

The Playstation Move Console Bundle includes a PS3 320 GB SKU with the Playstation Move Controller, Playstation Eye, and Sports Champions at $399.99.

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