PS3 sales soar in UK, Japan - Reports

[UPDATE] Slim console sales increase tenfold in Britain during first week on market; more than 150,000 units sell in Japan in four days, the most since launch.

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Though the $299 PlayStation 3 Slim was popping up at US retailers during the last week in August, its impact won't be seen until the NPD Group releases its September game-sales data...in October. However, there is already evidence from overseas that the cheaper, thinner, and higher-memory iteration of the console is selling briskly.

The PS3 Slim is proving popular overseas.

First, UK game-sales data firm Chart-Track has told industry magazine MCV that PlayStation 3 sales have gone up 999 percent for the week of August 31-September 6, the 36th of the year. Though it would not offer specific numbers, the data company, whose official Web site is currently down, did say the PS3 was resoundingly beating its competitors. [UPDATE] Chart-Track has since announced the Slimline console by itself sold 40,000 units in the UK during its first week, not including older, marked-down models.

"The sales increase is very impressive, making the PS3 the top selling hardware in Week 36," a Chart-Track rep told MCV. "The Xbox 360, Wii, and DS Lite all sold around the same amount last week, [while] the PS3 Slim outsold each of them by a ratio of three-to-one." (Emphasis added.)

Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Japan, the PS3 is selling at levels not seen in years. Research firm Enterbrain revealed via its Famitsu magazine that 150,252 PS3s sold in the four days after its September 3 launch. That brought sales of all models of the PS3 to 150,832 units for the August 31-September 6 week, the biggest one-week total since the console went on sale in November 2006.

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Pwnd56
Pwnd56

@TTDog yes, but it wasn't the same legion that took them down, it was the gold mask guys. On the other hand, im only 90% sure, i only got it from that awful movie, epic movie. but whatever, who cares?

TTDog
TTDog

@Pwnd56: You do know that the Spartans got a real good kicking in the end though don't you? Not the best comparison to make really was it?

MagicOneUp
MagicOneUp

probably their finest short moment, before it'll all settled and its still a sheep in new wools. still the most expensive on the block. I'm planing to get my second 360, going for the Elite this time since it'll still be more valued than the ps3, actually its $100aud cheaper than the ps3

rodr1gues
rodr1gues

Finally the time has come for all of us that don't have a PS3 to get one. Sony finally getting their act together, great news. Although, please sort your online service.

Blaiyze1
Blaiyze1

Sorry to bring in new news to old news but with sales in JPN of 157,000+... It quite literally means that the PS3 outsold the 360, 21 Fold in a week. To put that into real life that means 1 person out of 22 buying a 360... and the rest buying a PS3.

06JRM06
06JRM06

Is anyone really surprised about the sales increase? Btw, gamestop peeps, stop your bickering about who's console is better than who's. It's so childish.

Pwnd56
Pwnd56

SONY: THIS IS SPARTA!!! (kicks Microsoft into pit of death) MICROSOFT: AHHH!!!!!

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

enoslives7 The final nail in the xbox coffin. lol sorry but this wont put sony on top by a long shot so hows the 360 at its death last iv seen its doing just fine the ps3 the 360 and the wii are all good in there own ways so zip it

OwnageGuy
OwnageGuy

ps3 is technically more expensive to use than xbox 360 by a bit cause u can easily get pirated xbox games (cause its MICROSOFT) and its impractical to pirate ps3 games.

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

Yeah I agree I have both a 360 & PS3 and their is no difference between them it depends on a game for they both have the same amount of technology available to them the only difference is extra features e.g. blue ray/hard drives? which does not make a difference to the quality of the games.

camachoreloaded
camachoreloaded

From what I've seen in forums everywhere since the Slim came out, the PS3 fanboys really are starting to get this very cocky, in-your-face attitude about how the PS3 is now going to be the ruler of all and such. I'm very curious as to how you'd argue with the 360 fanboys when your preferred system was in last place for what, the last 3 years? The Xbox 360 gets the red rings, which was unforgivable on their part, but it also has better online service, as well as a more vibrant and better-looking dashboard. The PS3 has that built in wifi, as well as the blu-ray player. Why do people continue to fight and bicker over who's gonna come out on top? Without the red rings, you really don't have anything else against the 360. The dvd drive on my 360 was broken, I sent it on Saturday, got it back on Thursday. Not bad right? Oh, the talk about how everything can fit on one blu-ray disc, but for the 360, it'll take multiple ones? Wow, please get over yourself. There's only 2 games I know of that needed multiple cds for the 360, and swapping them out doesn't take nearly as much time as the PS3 start-up installations. For the 360, the wi-fi isn't built in so you have to have an ethernet cord connected. And yes, the lack of a blu-ray player is a con, but not a huge one. What I'm trying to say is: both systems are great, and for you to ignore one and love the other is your loss. I know, because I keep an open mind, and therefore I have both systems, and I'm liking it so far.

Karstux
Karstux

The PS3 slim is good because it cuts the price of the PS3 and makes it smaller also some good exclusives in near future such as Heavy Rain or Uncharted 2. Xbox 360 is good because of some decent exclusives lower price and reduced RROD in newer consoles. The Wii is good because it is accessible and has some good features such as an easy interface an several good games such as SSBB SMG Okami MP Trilogy it also has free online. So basically fanboys stop b**ching about whos the best because overall all the companies are trying to provide the best for there customers otherwise they would have no money. The fact this iteration has happened to the PS3 is positive because it is now smaller and does not cost £425. Also those who say the Wii is all childish games check out Red Steel 2 No More Heroes 2 and Manhunt 2 for (so called) mature games. Peace fanboys :)

jeffv541
jeffv541

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astro_viper
astro_viper

Maybe I'm still bitter about the demise of Sega at the hands of MS, but I hope MS gets pillaged and slapped around by both Sony and Nintendo...Sega was raped by MS, few can debate that fact, and now they are one of MS go-to game programmers...ah well. @Jim60360 Don't get me wrong, although I love my DC, I hate the controller. MS controllers directly evoloved out of the DC controller, and I can't stand it. I've liked sony's since the PS first launched, although I was never a huge PS fan (prefered the N64 back then, heh). The layout and chunkiness of the MS controller doesn't do it for me. To each their own, I suppose. I do like that MS had the insight (as Nintendo did) to allow one to use batteries or battery packs rather than sealed units. That, as a collector who likes system longevity, annoy's me...

enoslives7
enoslives7

The final nail in the xbox coffin.

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I think the PS3 has always been a good purchase with all the things it does. Now it's much more affordable & has much better games to play. I say it's the perfect time for those who don't have one but wanted one to get one. This current set up give you much more bang for your buck.

Irve
Irve

who is surprised to see a massive sales spike .. all those people with original PS3's who want the smaller better model. All those people that were waiting for the price cut ... so you get a few months worth of sales in a few days ! i think the PS3 has finally become a good purchase.

SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

Xbox 360 had outsold the PS3 in Japan for the last several weeks, even by ratios of 7:1. I think the main reason so many few people were buying the PS3 in Japan were because they were "waiting it out" to see the release of the PS3 Slim. It's not a surprise to see this big surge in sales for the PS3 in Japan, because it represents all the people who were interested in purchasing the system the last few weeks but decided not to, simply because they were waiting for the PS3 Slim model. The big disappointment many people have with the PS3 Slim is that they are sad it is not backward compatible with their PS2 games. I think a lot of people thought it was redesigned to offer total backward compatibility. Instead, they got the opposite of what they were hoping for, which led to disappointment. Hopefully the increased sales of PS3 will motivate Nintendo to drop the price of the Wii. If the PS3 didn't have a Blu-ray drive it would probably be $149 by now. Xbox 360 Elite is still $299, but not much can be done because it already uses inexpensive DVD technology. The paradox with Xbox 360 is that it uses superior gaming hardware that offers the most powerful GPU available today in consoles, and that costs money.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

@ omarsh94 "Why do you fanboys care about sales ? Its not like your a shareholder or something." were not 'shareholders' but were 'stakeholders' "fanboys" care about sales because it shows whos got the bigger fanbase. its a different topic that some large fanbases come through offering cheap consoles then making the customer pay a fortune for accessories and online services (yep, you guessed it right, the xbox 360)

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

im not surprised, the games are getting better, especially the download games, the online needs some work, out of the next gen its the most reliable as well (touch wood)

wahyudil
wahyudil

Sony using a shocking strategy to break the market ... with new model, price cut, and others in one time make a really big shock that give PS3 the symphaty from lots of gamers ... including me ... a wii fanboy ... even I plan to buy PS3 slim after saw the ad ...

kamizuka
kamizuka

@XanderZane your totally wrong, in the Wii they make games for kids thats why most of them are lame, but on the Ps3 blue-ray games have a huge cost, hard to develop and doas not make alot of money because the sales are not going to be high. better sales= more games they were planing this the whole time for 2010 Gow3, uncharted, heavy rain, ...ect

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

@phil meh - percentages are relative. you are now 840326% more ugly because of your fanboy response

thisisreallybor
thisisreallybor

you can't do anything with consoles... i will stick with PC gaming because my 4 yr old PC still outperforms consoles.... and has a web browser... and USB ports... and blue ray... and 1080p.... etc.

CrystalEdgen
CrystalEdgen

I hate myself for this one. I just got my ps3 last month and now there's a price cut and PS3 slim and ll that! Why was I so impatient! T_T Someone kill me

XanderZane
XanderZane

jeffokiecorry2 Better sales = better games! Great news. ************************************************ Hhhmm.. not necessarily. Look at the Wii. Has twice the sales of the PS3 overall and their 3rd party games are some of the worse. Most system sold, doesn't always mean quality software.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

And if it was backwards compatible, it would be selling even faster. -I would consider it a must own if it was. --I wonder if Sony will report North American sales figures this time around?

Kravyn81
Kravyn81

I wish I had the $$ to buy one for my upstairs TV. The downstairs is where my 80 gig is hooked up but it's shared with my GF. And God forbid she can't watch TV because I'm playing a game :roll: Just don't have the $$ right now because it's all going to bills! But I'd definitely get one.

phil-_-meh
phil-_-meh

well thats nice what about the 1000% increase in sales in the UK which is quite the signifcant figure

xXZak-ataKXx
xXZak-ataKXx

ok all,this is just what i think it seems to me that the playstation 3 has more exciting and new exclusives over the xbox 360. yes it does have exclusives but they are sequels of the same game over and over again. Take gears of war,then soon after gow2,same with fable 2,look at fable 3. the halo games on the 360. just the same game with a new coat of paint. So with this new ps3 price cut,i think that it will possibly over come the 360 in due time.

tajirinere
tajirinere

guess microsoft i going to do d@ $50 price cut thing sooner than they think

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

i think the ps3 may just show MS where to go this holiday. the ps3 clearly boasts the most value for money. and the exclusives for ps3 are genuinely groundbreaking,(killzone 2 was a graphical powerhouse, and MAG will be the firts 265 player online shooter) i do yhink that MS need to step it up a little bit, hopefully halo reach will give us something new, but fable 3 seems to be just rehash of a game that didnt really live up to expectations. although apart from that, MS's lineup this year and next spring (forza, odst, ME2, alan wake) looks set to be fantastic, but i think MS need to really get some natal info out. so in summary, the competition between both companies has just got even more close. which is good for us gamers.

Doolz2024
Doolz2024

Well yeah, a $100 price cut will certainly improve sales.

Jim60360
Jim60360

no need to get so angry fan boy, hes got the rumble controller, it just feels cheap and tacky, and if i wanted triggers on it to feel like a 360 controller then i may as well just go and play a 360 instead!!!! and im being petty!!!

Keitha313
Keitha313

Perhaps because you have not got the Rumble controller and if you want it to be like the 360 you can also get the triggers if you so desire to be so petty about a controller.

Jim60360
Jim60360

im thinking about gettin a ps3 so i can get the exlusives but il always be a 360 man at heart. my brother has a ps3 and it does have some kick ass games but every time i hold that controller i feel like will smith from men in black when he gets the noisey crickit... i feel like im gonna break the damn thing!!! it feels so cheap!!

ferntfactor
ferntfactor

this is the point where, at the end of his patience, angry dad dangerously turns around while driving the station wagon and separates you kids! competition = good for gamers. period.

Incubus420
Incubus420

Sick...Think its time i get another one anyway. I have the original 60 GB version (PS3 #567) so i can use that just for PS2 games. Then I'll get a slim for PS3 and Blu-Ray.

kakashi6666
kakashi6666

sony only ever done 2 things right make the first origonal playstation and then the second is make the plastation 2 now im not gonna say the ps3 sucks but i dunno theres just summit strange about i dont like and never hav i suppse thats y i went for the 360 that and there were a few games i wanted that were 360 exclusive

spotty6
spotty6

buy a ps3 my friend in a years time it will be the most popular

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

still not gonna get one inless yakuza 3 comes out in the uk but then if sega were to put that game on xbox360 that would save me buying one so that would be good.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

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wacko342
wacko342

@ ElJay2010 I'm not arguing, It's just that you sounded angry :p I agree with you on the vast amount of points you made; Me and my brother have had 6 xboxes; some dieing within a few months of eachother (thank god for a warranty) I also believed gears 1 was ALOT better than gears 2 Believe me, I feel the pain of the crappy reliability of the console more than most.

win64
win64

here we go again I just spent £230 on my graphics card you cheap skates

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@ ssjbryando No, FFXIII is PS3 exclusive in Japan.