PS3 Breaks UK Records

It took a while, but the PS3 finally arrived in the UK last week, and already it has raked in some impressive stats, selling an estimated 165,000 in the first two days of sale, an impressive figure for a console with a high price point, at a period in the year where game sales are slow.

The 165,000 units sold means that the PS3 has become the fastest selling home console in UK history, selling more than the weekend takings from both the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, who struggled to keep up with initial demand during a busy Christmas period. The fastest selling piece of gaming hardware is still the Sony PSP, with 185,000 units sold in its opening weekend.

News source: Gamesindustry.biz

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WoW that is good how sony PS3 as sold so well in the U.K. Oh my god who in the right mined will pay that much for a console 420 pound when they will come down in price soon. Sorry Sony you have not got my money cuz i am not so stupid to pay that much for a console when the U.K as been rip off for the price and the rest of the world get it a lot cheper when it came out.

Munkyman said,
Too much fanboyism.

Well done Sony, to beat records with a £450 console is one hell of an achievement.

Quoted for truth.

Fanboyism is a horrible disease on the internet :(

I'd like a PS3, but simply can't afford one at the moment. Enjoying the Wii nevertheless.

The claim is a very hollow victory. They were able to get that number by postponing the launch and stocking up over double the consoles any other launch had. Had the Wii had the inventory at hand I'm sure it would've destroyed these numbers.

Ironman273 said,
Had the Wii had the inventory at hand I'm sure it would've destroyed these numbers.

I read statements of that nature everywhere. The fact of the matter is that they didn't and it can never be proved otherwise - at least, not without the aid of a time machine (Which I find just as credible as your particular line of thinking).
I truly marvel at those that still cling to their speculation over current hard fact and present it as sound argument.

Ironman273 said,
The claim is a very hollow victory. They were able to get that number by postponing the launch and stocking up over double the consoles any other launch had. Had the Wii had the inventory at hand I'm sure it would've destroyed these numbers.

Nintendo also had loads of time to stock up consoles before the launch of the Wii.. They might have miscalculated the market or they may not, but there is no reason Nintendo shouldn't have been able to supply just as many consoles as Sony have done now.

Wii scenario - everyone knew there would be shortages which provoked the huge queues and huge secondary market for the consoles on eBay. Everyone rushes to get one anywhere and however they can.

PS3 scenario - Sony have stated there will be plenty of consoles (the reason for the delayed launch in the UK) which means people aren't in any hurry to buy them before they sell out. his also removes the market for people who want to buy them just to sell them on for profit.

Sony would have got slammed if they were sold out and now they're getting slammed for having consoles left. It's quite sad that console shortages at launch seem to have become expected and that anything other is now deemed to mean the console flopped by a lot of people.

Danny1810 said,
It's quite sad that console shortages at launch seem to have become expected and that anything other is now deemed to mean the console flopped by a lot of people.

The whole point of a new, hyped product is to sell out. Every new model of iPod does. Every other console does (PS2, Xbox, X360, Wii), so obviously if the PS3 doesn't then it gets negative attention.

Virgin in Sheffield could do with some free TVs. They had 60 unallocated PS3s on Friday afternoon and they still had 50 as of this afternoon.

There was a thread already up about this. IMO, this is a lie. Probably about half of the PS3s were returned when the people failed to sell them on eBay, like in America. Also, the launch days/nights around Europe were poor. If you can find the thread, you'll see the pictures. There were only about 100 at the GAME store in London, and even then, Sony had to give away an £1800 HDTV to sell the PS3s. Whilst in Virgin Megastore in London, only 2 people showed up, but that's probably because it's Virgin Megastore.

MightyJordan said,
Sony had to give away an £1800 HDTV to sell the PS3s.

Thats not true they'd already been queuing overnight to buy a ps3. Sony just surprised them after with a new TV as a reward for their efforts.

Yes this is excellent news, I never thought that PS3 with its high price point would break all previous PS2 sales records.

Well done Sony for proving the critics wrong, yet again.

They haven't proved anything.

These are estimated figures from a single organisation. The true test will come in the weeks and months ahead now that all the fanboys have bought their consoles and it's over to the regular joes. Read my comment above.

The majority of those sales will be to the Sony fans who were eager to get their hands on one. The true test will be over the coming months when we see how many "average Joe's" are willing to pay the high price for an inferior (software backwards compatibility instead of PS2 chips) console to the one released in the USA.

I'd be willing to bet the Xbox 360 and Wii would have made similar or better sales numbers had there been sufficient stock at the time of launch. Sony were only able to deliver so much stock by introducing delays after delays to the European launch and by stripping the afforementioned PS2 chips to cut costs.

What is better, an estimated 165,000 sold in a few days with thousands still on the shelves and unsold. Or a console that continues to sell well and is still out of stock in most places weeks after it's launch?

I've also read that several stores are lowering the price of the PS3 already. Now I don't think that is because they are selling well.