Sony has confirmed that cumulative sales of the PlayStation 3 have reached 5 million in the UK – a number just shy of the total population of Scotland. First brought to the UK in 2007, it faced a slim redesign in September 2009, and an even further slimmed down model is now available, which sees the console’s weight reduced by more than half from the original.

“This is another historic moment for the PlayStation brand, and something I’m incredibly proud of,” said Sony’s VP and Managing Director for the UK & Ireland, Fergal Gara. “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.”

A 12 GB “family-friendly” model will also launch on October 12th. Sony claim that “now has never been a better time to own a PlayStation 3”, likely attempting to compete with the impending launch of the next-generation Wii U from Nintendo.