Report: PS4 outsells Xbox One in UK with 250,000 units sold in first 48 hours

Last week, it was reported that the Xbox One sold 150,000 units in the first 48 hours of its launch in the UK. Today, the retail sales tracking firm Chart-Track states that the launch of the PlayStation 4 had the fastest selling launch of any game console in the UK, beating the previous eight year record of the Sony PSP, which sold 180,000 units in its first 48 hours.

While Chart-Track didn't offer any more information about sales of Sony's new game console, MCV claims, via unnamed retail sources, that the PS4 sold over 250,000 units during that time period. It's estimated that the console generated £87 million in revenue just in the UK during its launch. So far, Sony has yet to reveal any of its own official sales figures for last week's European and Latin American launch.

The launch in Europe was marred due to the fact that many PS4 users were unable to sign into the PlayStation Network even though Sony disabled two minor PSN features beforehand. After the launch, Sony also disabled the ability to redeem vouchers on the network. Sony's latest update on its official blog late on Sunday claims that it is still working to restore full functionality to PSN.

Source: MCV | Image via Sony

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all this silly crap after a couple days, you can also say that MS absolutely dominated the US sales against sony, but at the end of the day neither really mean too much this early into release. the 360/xbone sales versus ps3/ps4 sales in the us on black Friday were are 61% for MS and 30% for sony.

With the WIIU tanking it looks like both consoles are going to sell enough to be fully supported. Unless your a stock holder why the heck do you care if one outsells the other? Xbox one is selling pretty good and better than the 360 did when it launched.

Lets wait until mid january and see what the uk and worldwide sales figures are, i reckon that will give us a good indication of each console's future.

It's still too close to call. Same with the stories of XBox beating Sony. It's just silly at this point. Come back in a year and we'll see what happens. Both companies have very public PR issues they're presently dealing with as well as supply issues (And half baked software)...

It'll be an interesting thing to watch, but I think it will be pretty close all around.

Forget waiting for a year, I find this entire exercise silly to the extreme. What I also find ridiculous is how people are expected to blindly swallow whatever some "unnamed [and unverified] sources" say. Further, do we know the tracking methodology used by the firms, and whether or not it's all just more paid PR BS from Sony or MS? I mean, why should we even believe the "one million consoles sold to end users" claims made by both companies? Have they provided solid proof of the same?

Finally a question for everyone fighting over this - does ending up with console A that sold less than console B make you, as a user, suddenly regret your decision to purchase? If so, why is it you feel the need for your purchase to be validated by X% more sales? Or is it that you have some irrational need to always end up on the "winner's" side and your actual purchase is irrelevant as long as you do so?

For me it only matters how they will sell in Japan. Losing Japanese support on a console will mean I will lose access to a lot of great franchises.

I've seen them all over the place, in fact my local Maplin apparently had 200 or so in stock they were trying to get rid of...

Soldiers33 said,
why did you use the word apparently? They either did or they didnt. If you dont know then stop spreading false news.

Well said

The "apparently" was due to not knowing if they had exactly 200 in stock, it might have been 100. I'd heard from a friend who worked there, and from the store's Facebook page... Hardly spreading false news...

Also, went into a few game shops (as well as Tesco) on Xbox One release day and was confused as to whether I was mistaken and it was releasing later in the UK, there was hardly any POS up...

My local GAME had an Xbox One display that didn't work and was just playing videos, and a PS4 that you could play FIFA on, even though it wasn't out at the time. It's still the same now

What? Ridiculous!! The numbers must've been tampered with! They are from an unreliable source! Xbox didn't have enough stock!

Or the UK just likes the PS4. The world will keep turning. Congrats Sony!

I'm not rooting for either console exclusively, but pray tell, who made you the spokesperson for everyone in the UK?

midispider said,
Most of us in the UK want a game console and not a media centre.

Congratulations for not noticing the XB1 is also a games console.

midispider said,
Most of us in the UK want a game console and not a media centre.

haha, now you're speaking for the entire country...smh

Cool, but do we really need a country by country reporting on a game console? This is primarily a computing site not a gaming site...so neowin, enough with consoles already.

neonspark said,
Cool, but do we really need a country by country reporting on a game console? This is primarily a computing site not a gaming site...so neowin, enough with consoles already.

Shall we stop them reporting on phones, too?

I believe this is a 'technology' site therefore I welcome everything related.

kayzee said,

Shall we stop them reporting on phones, too?

I believe this is a 'technology' site therefore I welcome everything related.

Also this is neoWIN. xbox one runs on a custom version of windows 8.x

The real question that should be asked is; Will either Sony or Microsoft have consoles readily available after the initial launch rush?

If, consumers can readily buy one console off store shelves over the other, it may swing the numbers for one over the other for the short-term

But all in all, I believe the numbers will be very very close for Sony and Microsoft.

I believe Nintendo Entertainment System is outselling the Sega Master System currently. I cant decide which one to get, I like Sonic the hedgehog, but I like Super Mario Bros a little better. On the other hand, the Panasonic 3DO has nice graphics and Need for Speed, but its too pricey for me.

Atomic Wanderer Chicken said,
I believe Nintendo Entertainment System is outselling the Sega Master System currently. I cant decide which one to get, I like Sonic the hedgehog, but I like Super Mario Bros a little better. On the other hand, the Panasonic 3DO has nice graphics and Need for Speed, but its too pricey for me.

no way man, don't fall for the hype, Sega's "blast processing" is just a frame skip to make it feel faster... it's just smoke and mirrors... don't fall for it!