Sales of Sony's re-designed PlayStation 3 have exploded in the UK, increasing nearly 1000 per cent over the prior week. The figures come from UK and Denmark market-researcher Chart-Track.
Speaking to UK Game Business site MCV, a Chart-Track representative said that the sales increase was "very impressive", adding that the PS3 outsold the Xbox 360, Wii and DS Lite by "a ratio of three-to-one.” Sony's UK sales director Mark Howsen said that the first week of sales were ahead of expectations. See the full report at MCVUK.com for further details.
This places the Sony PS3 in a commanding position to usurp the Xbox 360 and Wii as Europe's best-selling console. (Prior to the launch of the Slim, the original PlayStation 3 was only a million units behind its competitors in this territory.) The success of the PS3 Slim has been echoed around the globe, with total worldwide sales estimated at 500,000 -- and that's in its first week alone. With its inbuilt Blu-ray player, integrated Wi-Fi and free online gaming, it's hard to argue that the PS3 doesn't offer better value for money than its competitors (provided you actually want all of these things, of course).
Whichever way you look at it, it would seem that the price is finally right for hesitant PS3 buyers. One thing's for sure, the console wars are about to get a lot more interesting...
For a side-by-side comparison of the PS3 Slim, original PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Elite, check here.
[Original reporting by Matt Peckham]