The PlayStation 3 has sold more than 5 million units in the UK, platform holder Sony has announced. The news comes on the eve of the release of the new 12GB Super Slim system across Europe. The 500GB redesign launched on 28th September, prompting a 138 per cent boost in PS3 hardware sales throughout the UK.

“This is another historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and something I’m incredibly proud of,” SCEUK boss Fergal Gara revealed. “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.”

Speaking with MCV, the executive added: “Most importantly to me is not the milestone itself, but the fact that there is momentum behind it. And with the new chassis, and the way the market is panning out this year, PlayStation definitely has the momentum.”

Gara pointed to the likes of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed III, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as catalysts for the console’s continued relevance. We’re just gutted that the guys over at got a big cake to celebrate with, and we got nothing.