Okay, so maybe this time they mean "sold." If they say the word "sold," what other conclusion can one reach?
Previously, it had been reported that Gran Turismo 5 "sold" 5.5 million copies worldwide, but many sources quickly updated the information and said Sony was only referring to units shipped. But yesterday during Sony's CES keynote address, Sony once again noted that 5.5 million copies of Polyphony's masterful racer had been sold worldwide. They didn't provide specific numbers for each region, but you can probably expect Europe to sport the biggest total, as it's typically GT's most popular area.
We can also get further confirmation concerning North American sales when the December NPD results release next week; chances are, it's another super huge title for the PS3. And as the user base for Sony's machine continues to rise, there are more potential buyers for each exclusive that launches. In regards to GT5, it may miss those who don't like simulated racing experiences, but for those who crave authenticity and realism…well, there's only one choice.
We assume Sony will clarify their CES announcement with an official press release of some kind; maybe it'll show up tomorrow.
Related Game(s): Gran Turismo 5