GTAIV breaks UK retail records

Over 600,000 units shifted on first day of release; 55 percent of copies sold for Xbox 360; more than trebles record for day-one PS3 sales.

Wii Fit may currently top of the sales charts in the UK, but figures released by British sales-tracking body Chart-Track indicate that its reign will soon be over. Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto IV, which launched on April 29 to widespread critical acclaim, has set new records for UK sales in its first 24 hours of release.

Analysts had stated that GTAIV was destined to be "huge" and that's proving to be the case, in the UK at least. Figures from Chart-Track for the first day of the game's UK release, which are based on point-of-sale data and retailer estimates, show that approximately 609,000 copies were sold for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 combined. This beats the previous record for day-one sales, which was set by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas in 2004 with 501,000 PlayStation 2 units sold.

GTAIV also broke system-specific sales records for software on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Fifty-five percent of the copies sold were destined for Microsoft's console, with 335,000 units shifted in the first 24 hours. This beat the previous record of 266,000 copies, which was set by Halo 3 on 26 September 2007.

The PlayStation 3's previous fastest-selling game in the UK was Sony's Gran Turismo 5: Prologue, which sold 80,000 units during its first day of sales in March this year. GTAIV has "well and truly eclipsed" these figures, according to Chart-Track's director Dorian Bloch, with an estimated 274,000 copies sold in 24 hours.

Chart-Track says that it will continue to analyse the figures after the public holiday in the UK on Monday, May 5. Bloch told GameSpot, "Unless there is a real problem, and the lorries can't deliver the product, the first-week sales record is set to be trashed." The record for units sold in the first week is currently held by GTA: San Andreas, with 677,000 copies.

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jscapo
jscapo

I don't think they could have planned for this much success. It was very smart to come out with these Expansions to increase the replay value. You get a great story to begin with. The lost and damned was awesome and the Gay Tony one will also be good.

shadow9669
shadow9669

i wounder what them numbers will look like after gay Tonys DLC pack comes out

Akth8r
Akth8r

i think both consoles are great each with its ups and downs the only problem is there are a lot of fanboys who go around saying bad things about the 360.

Diduseeasign
Diduseeasign

"Rockstar has fixed all the problem that were in oter GTA games". Hardly, theres still some god awful pop up. i was trying to evade the cops when all of a sudden a bench popped up right in front of me that lead to the car i was in going up in flames lol. The lock on system could be better as well. you could be trying to aim for some mobster type standing right in front of you when you're actually locked on to a pedestrian across the street. These are pretty minor issues but, you know, because of the delay i expected these to be ironed out. Awesome game though...absolutely lovin' it.

ctg867
ctg867

Given that the UK is a PREDOMINATELY a 360 nation, I think a 1.22 to 1 ratio (55% to 45%) for 360 to PS3 for GTA IV is pretty good. I'm curious to see how EU, AU, and most importantly the US is doing on the ratio. I wouldn't be surprised if EU and AU got slightly more sales for the PS3. Something like a 1.5 to 1 ratio (60% to 40%) for EU and AU wouldn't be out of the question. Though at the same time, I could see it ending up at 1 : 1. As far as the US is concerned, I figure it'd be a 3 :1 ratio in the PS3s favor. Just too many 360s out there, and too many hardcore 360 owners who picked it up. At the same time, not enough PS3 owners, and too many buying just for Blu-ray. To me though, the most important number is the installed base to copies sold ratio.

AK456
AK456

Get this game

eegeeg
eegeeg

I have been playing it and it is the best game I have played in a long time Rockstar has fixed all the problem that were in oter GTA games if you don't get this game you are missing out

37b
37b

iv'e heard that IV was the best GTA game in the series. i havn't playied any of them exceppt san andreas. but next weekend im geting GTA: IV and vice city stories for the psp. over all best game in the series.

delta3074
delta3074

demonl81, do you remember who invented the english language? oh yeah it was us in good old blighty

gamerkingg
gamerkingg

IS that Consoles or games sold 600,000 consoles or 600,000 games?

Irve
Irve

kavadias1981 : becasue Okami requires knowlege and appreciation of videogames .. rather than something you can pop in after the pub with your mates a'la Fifa,madden , Need for speed.

USS-Voyager
USS-Voyager

I HATE GRAND THEFT AUTO 1 2 3 4 AND WHAT EVER ONES THEY EVER COME OUT I WILL HATE! THEY ARE STUPID AND DEPICT THE LIFE OF LOW LIFE SCUM!

SixFt12
SixFt12

kavadias1981, You wondered why something like this breaks records but a work of art like Okami goes unnoticed. Well, that's because Okami is is a game for little girls. GTA IV is for the rest of the entire planet.

Coviehunter
Coviehunter

I feel like the only person in the world who is completely indifferent to this game X__X

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

No suprises here. A great game but it makes me wonder why something like this breaks records but a work of art like Okami goes unnoticed.

BigSmitts07
BigSmitts07

who coulda seen this coming.. o thats right everyone =)

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

can't wait for my import... sucks to be where I live... sh**! thought 360 was gonna sell ways more than PS3 though... considering it's been for sale so much longer... PS3 is catching up... ;)

jackanderson
jackanderson

Congrats Rockstar! Game Of The Year? Definately. Game Of This Generation? Oh yes! Game Of The Millenium? Hell yeah!

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Who cares which console version sells more copies... it's a ****ing awesome game. We should all be either playing it, eating or sleeping. I am about to do the second followed by the third, followed by the first again. Sigh assignments... :S

DemonI81
DemonI81

MJH91: I guess it is... in a twisted way. Generally shifted, at least to me, signifies a small movement. laitheybaby: Didn't you guys invent the language?

MJH91
MJH91

The use of shifted is viable in this context: 'To move or transfer from one place or position to another.'

laitheybaby
laitheybaby

DemonI81, yeah us crazy Brits and our use of the English language...

DemonI81
DemonI81

"Over 600,000 units shifted on first day of release" Shifted? Is this a British thing? What the h*ll is shifted in this context? The only thing I can think is shipped.

deep_sea_six
deep_sea_six

I work at Hastings in the central united states and my particular store sold 55 of the PS3 versions at the release party then the remaining 5 copies that morning. We only sold 40 XB3 copies at the party and 2 that morning, the other 153 copies still remain on the shelf. On a funny note, there was this short fat dude with a big nose at the front of the counter the entire release party bashing PS3 and talking about all of the wonderful things his XB360 could do, and some guy that owns a XB3 and PS3 both ended up in a fist fight with him.

laitheybaby
laitheybaby

I still haven't bought my copy yet, but I'll obviously be getting it for the 360.

lorien665
lorien665

@ weapon_x57 Respect.... I totally agree with you! I would love to have both, just because I am nosey and I want to play Heavenly Sword lol

edhc44
edhc44

Man, GS must loooove all the flaming they ignite in they message boards. It seems that not only they don't try to avoid it by their staff writting as they do it on purpose. Yeah, GTA sold a bit more on the 360, which must mean the obvious, there are more people with 360's than PS3's in the UK. You know, I used to take part on this as a "proud 360 owner", but it has hit me as something stupid and this whole "war" is wearing me off. BTW, although I love my console, I don't see much of the "pride" anymore in being a "360 owner", as most of them (us?) keep acting like jerks upon any news that put a good word for it (not that PS3 owners are any better). So anyway, I'm buying the game when I find some free time to play and will enjoy it, and for me, it will be all it has to it. But if some people are more amused by bragging how their console is doing better than the others' (and never realising that this fact don't affect their lives in ANY relevant way) instead of actually playing the game, be my guest, I'll still be a "proud" 360 owner, but this pride comes from the fact that I OWN such a machine and not because I chose it over something else.

weapon_x57
weapon_x57

I work at GAME to solduseddd and just because your one store sold more PS3 copies does not in any relation prove anything. so suck it and get your ass to a news site. I assume you watch the news otherwise you really are unaware of real life like the people who spend their nights trying to come up with arguements on which console is better. People please games are fun simple, it doesnt matter what console its on. the words that should be important to all are "games" and "fun" not "my console is better than yours"

delta3074
delta3074

personally i won't be getting it, it's not my cup of tea, but it's nice to see all the gamers out there having a genuinly good time i can feel the happiness vibe through my monitor it's also nice to feel EA's despair. well done rockstar and take two damn fine job.

juggalo
juggalo

Fanboys, put down your controllers, quit wacking off to loading screens and go get laid. Its a helluva lot more fun than hiring whores in the game and life outside of games will actually seem worth it. You lot really are the boils INSIDE the arse rim of humanity.

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

Didn't expect this, with all the stick the PS3 owners have been giving out to other console owners this week. Just proves, dont listen to the fanboy comments.

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

my god this whole xbox 360 vs. ps3 thing...wont you people give up??? if ur consoles r so great u would be playing them instead of bashing others great game, well done rockstar...:D

soliduseddd
soliduseddd

ha i work at GAME IN THE UK AND WE SOLD MORE GTA ON PS3 THAN 360 SO THERE 360 FAN BOY

j-son05
j-son05

HA suck it ! go microsoft!

President-Evil
President-Evil

It would be a better gaming world if we took all this negativity and used it against the media types who are going to blame everything wrong with this world on GTA 4. I'm just waiting for the Daily Mail to go skitz lol Good job Rockstar btw

HamsterOfFury
HamsterOfFury

We sold 180 copes on 360 and 250 copies on PS3.....Of course that was all our stock and would probably have sold around 250 on 360 too if people we had to tur away is anything to go by. I've played PS3 version extensively since getting it and it hasn't crashed once...Indeed I left it paused for six hours yesterday while I was out in the evening cos I didn't have time to save it before going out and I came back to a perfectly running game. Another of those rumours brought into being by 360 owners who do everything they can to try to bury the PS3 just by positive thinking...A great console generation with three quality consoles...Let's just all get along. Having said that though, Microsoft dropped a ball with their coding that meant the game wouldn't play on older 360s without an online patch...Classy.

Magusi
Magusi

Better knock on some wood ... but I haven't had a single bug. Had it since mid launch. n3ck said: I prefer the 360 version as it has far less bugs and doesn't crash every hour like the ps3 version, also much better online with xboxlive, this gen GTA4 will be played more on ms platform.

Galius7
Galius7

"This is only the UK. North america is the real competition!" Reports are pouring in of the 360 outselling the PS3 version 2 to one so far though.........

n3ck
n3ck

I prefer the 360 version as it has far less bugs and doesn't crash every hour like the ps3 version, also much better online with xboxlive, this gen GTA4 will be played more on ms platform.

rpgfreak15
rpgfreak15

This is only the UK. North america is the real competition!

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

people who enjoy achievements and racking up points bought the version where they could do so?

randy_ronald_87
randy_ronald_87

I have the 360 version and I didn't preorder it - I'm guessing there are many people who don't. Sales figures can change all the time. Regardless, this game will definitly shift alot of PS3s. Perhaps in a few days it'll shift even more than 360s?

Galius7
Galius7

Sooo....what happened to the 5:1 ratio of preroders in Sonys favor that was posted on here a week ago? Im not bashing with this comment, just trying to make sense of the previous story.

darkride66
darkride66

@ Tsunami_pt. If I had a nickle for every time I said that. I never put people down because of their console choice. The Wii might be perfect for you, or the PS3, or the 360, it depends what you're looking for. I 100% agree with you. What I don't agree with is the bullying by 360 fans against everyone else on this site, and I don't think anyone else should stand for it either. Gamerzone23 was bang on regarding his criticisms of some of the posters on here. I'm not going to just shut up and quietly watch one of my favorite sites that I've stuck with for a decade now become a gamer forum where people are afraid to state their minds because of the abuse they'll receive from the MS crowd. These are forums for real gamers, hobbyists who don't let their console choice prejudice them against other people who just want to share their love of video games.