UK Console Sales Double in 2008

UK Console Sales Double in 2008

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According to tracking data from UK game retailers, Brits bought 10 million next-gen consoles over the course of 2008 - double the amount of units sold in 2007.

At the start of 2009, 22 million UK residents own at least one next-generation game console, up from a recorded 13.5 million in January 2008. Retail chain GAME's Christmas trading release shows that shoppers purchased an estimated 10 million Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 console units in 2008, more than doubling the 4.7 million sales from the year before.

To no one's surprise, the Wii dominated the charts, moving 4.9 million units - more than the total console sales from 2007, and almost half of the market share in 2008. The Xbox 360 saw its installed base jump from 1.8 million to 3.2 million. For Sony, the news was mixed: While the number of PS3 owners more than doubled in 2008 from 900,000 to 1.9 million, the console still lagged behind its competitors.

Of course, not even the mighty Wii could compete with Nintendo's other system. The Nintendo DS sold 8.8 million units over the course of the year, while the PSP clocked in at a respectable 3.2 million.

All in all, the fact that hardware sales could not only increase but double in this economy should be particularly heartening to the industry, even as layoffs and studio closures loom overhead for many. While this report was solely for hardware, I'd be interested to see if software sales saw a similar increase. Maybe not a doubling, though - that would just be silly.

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this has taken them a long time...

A 110% increase in the number of PS3 owners is "mixed news"?

I see.

At the start of 2008, the X360 had been out for 25 months and had sold 1.8 million units (exactly 72,000 units per month). At the start of 2009, the PS3 had been out for 21 months and had sold 1.9 million units (approximately 90,476 units per month). So, the PS3 sold at a rate of 18,476 units per month faster than the X360. This, despite an acknowledged lack of advertising, a profoundly negative press reaction, the fact that the X360 had been through three Christmas periods to the PS3's two, and the fact that the X360 had been the only next-gen system available in the UK for nearly eighteen months.

How does this show that Sony is "lagging behind its competitors"?

Again I must ask: why does The Escapist have such a blatant bias against Sony? Why can you not deliver a single news story involving Sony which doesn't involve misrepresentation of factual information and/or impartial sources?

harhol:
A 110% increase in the number of PS3 owners is "mixed news"?

I see.

At the start of 2008, the X360 had been out for 25 months and had sold 1.8 million units (exactly 72,000 units per month). At the start of 2009, the PS3 had been out for 21 months and had sold 1.9 million units (approximately 90,476 units per month). So, the PS3 sold at a rate of 18,476 units per month faster than the X360. This, despite an acknowledged lack of advertising, a profoundly negative press reaction, the fact that the X360 had been through three Christmas periods to the PS3's two, and the fact that the X360 had been the only next-gen system available in the UK for nearly eighteen months.

How does this show that Sony is "lagging behind its competitors"?

Again I must ask: why does The Escapist have such a blatant bias against Sony? Why can you not deliver a single news story involving Sony which doesn't involve misrepresentation of factual information and/or impartial sources?

Using these figures, in the year of 2008 - just this past year alone, mind you, no others:

Wii - 4.9 million increase
X360 - 1.4 million increase
PS3 - 1.1 million increase

Yes, it had a 110% increase. Percentages aside, it had the fewest sales in 2008, widened its install base by the smallest amount, and still has the fewest overall sales. None of which is good news for Sony. Hence, "mixed news."

These are pure, cold numbers taken from the given data. If there's any misrepresentation, it's not on our part.

PS3 only increased by 1 million from what I can see CantFaketheFunk.

It is good to see the popularity of gaming increasing, this can only be good news for the industry.

 

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