Sony sells 1m PS3s in UK
But Wii record remains intact
How many weeks does it take to sell a million PS3s in the UK? According to the latest industry figures, just 46 weeks.
UK market watcher Chart Track revealed that by selling 1m PS3s since the console went on sale across the UK, on 23 March 2007, Sony has surpassed its previous personal best: selling 1m PS2s in 50 weeks.
Chart Track said that the console has been outselling the Xbox 360 for the past four weeks. The Microsoft console took 60 weeks to sell 1m units in the UK. However, both consoles are believed to have been running neck and neck during the crucial Christmas weeks 49 to 52 of calendar 2007.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President, David Reeves, will be pleased with Chart Track’s numbers, becuase he bravely said last month that the PS3 would overtake the Xbox 360's installed base across all PAL territories by late summer.
Still, Sony can't afford to get cocky: Nintendo sold 1m Wiis in the UK in just 38 weeks.
Chart Track’s UK consoles sales numbers correlate with Electronic Arts' recent prediction that, by the end of 2008, the PS3 will have outsold the Xbox 360 by several million units.
But the point is...
Sony have sold 1m consoles....
It doesn't matter what they shove into it, or that people are buying it as a cut price BR player. Whether anyone likes it or not it comes down to...
It has sold 1m units in the UK and that is money in the bank profit or not. Period.
People need to grow up and stop romanticising things. ALL the games companies are out to get as big an installed user base in as short a time as possible for as little outlay as possible with calculated hopes that content following later (look at the Wii until recently people). That is business, and on a big scale in this case.
And no, I'm neither defending or slagging ANY console either! Just stating a few facts people are failing to see.
"yes, the wii is good for women, children and the old"
And that is exactly what is so good about the Wii and why it sells vast amounts.
All other consoles appeal to a small teen to 20-something male market.
There's room for them all though. Serious gaming and fun gaming.
What is daft though is Sony using the PS3 to push Blu-Ray. If they'd got Nintendo to shove in a Blu-Ray drive, Blu-Ray would have killed HD DVD dead instantly and taken a heafty 10% or more share of the DVD market. Instead it's held back HD by years and only achieved a 1 to 2% market share from DVD.
Alternatively, Sony could have dropped Blu-Ray and cut the cost of the PS3 massively, encouraging a lot more serious gaming.
"any serious gamer will discount the wii within a few weeks."
Wrong. Serious gamers are able to see beyond the eye-candy and can appreciate innovative gameplay.
Vacuous knuckle dragging 'gamerz', on the other hand, like any old generic shooty/drivey/fightey/sporty shit - as long as it has 'teh amazin HD graficks'.
OK, Liam, you just proved most peoples' point about the Wii. Have a 50" HD screen with 6.1 surround and love playing FPS? Great, you might like the PS3.
For the other 97% of the population, the Wii works just fine. Personally, I hate playing FPS on a standard console controller (mouse & keyboard every time though I had no problems jumping into Metroid and Medal Of Honor Heroes 2 on the Wii), I have a 30" SD TV and the graphics and sound are fine for me - can't tell that much different between the Wii and 360 at that resolution. There's no shortage of decent games for the Wii and I tend to get more play out of the Wii than my 360 at the mo.
That's my mileage, and if only "hardcore" gamers like yourself would get yourselves out of the 12-year-old-kid "it suxx on HD and it's for old ppl lol!" attitude maybe you'd that it isn't bad. Not for everyone, but not bad. So, you don't like it? Well there's a market for Fords and Ferraris in this world and not everyone wants to run a sports car.
@bluesxman: yeah, I know what you're saying but I had a slightly different reaction. I'd played RE4 to death on the GC and the Wii update breathed a new life into the game for me. Each to their own though.
whats so impressive about the wii?
i have all playstations and a wii - never liked the xbox from the start - crappy controllers and lots of bugs.
the wii is just a gamecube with a fancy controller - that they surely could have sold for about 100£. a controller that is actually useless for controlling anything other than the novelty games. the graphics on a big tv just want to make you cry - not to mention STEREO output :( albeit pro logic 2 (i think)
any serious gamer will discount the wii within a few weeks. mine hasnt been on since xmas yet my ps3 is on most days now - even the mrs loves it! the graphics are great on a hdtv - everything is in PROPER surround sound, you need to pay an extra 40£ to run via ethernet and rechargable gamepad docks (included as standard with the ps3)
yes, the wii is good for women, children and the old. but for serious gamers they are a joke.
the only decent game i found was zelda - that after a while became boring, repetative and graphically AWEFUL! so its just wii sports left then.... res evil looks like the ps2 version - but worse - i took it back in 48 hours it was so bad. the controllers just arent accuarte enough - so like in zelda all you do is move it up down left right - how exciting!
people need to look at the games being sold to actually see how consoles are doing - i think no end of people play on a wii at a party and think 'oooh how novel', buy one then realise they are dissapointing, they simply dont have the longevity. and i had to take a day off work to take the mrs to casualty with a pulled arm ligament lol!
ps3 has plenty of games, ea pro street is quality racing, pro evo footy is the best football game on any platform. gta will be awesome (mate works for rockstar so cant wait for my freebie :)) drakes fortune was AWESOME...
i mean how many people play full on fps games on a console? thats all the xbox seems to do. and lets face it - 16 people servers are pretty poor compared to 64 player pc fps games!