UK PS3 sales rise 73 per cent over Easter break
- Posted March 28th, 2008 at 10:09 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 20 Comments
UK PlayStation 3 sales increased significantly during the Easter break this past weekend, as sales of the Sony platform console continue to surpass those of the Xbox 360 on a weekly basis.
According to ChartTrack data, both consoles experienced a leap in sales over the Easter holidays, with PS3 increasing by 73 per cent, and the Xbox 360 rising by 78 per cent.
Furthermore, software sales are also believed to have increased substantially as parents and school children alike took advantage of the Easter period.
Speaking to MCV, ChartTrack’s Dorian Bloch commented, “Week 12 fell during Easter so we saw software and hardware up across the board.”
“PS3 and Xbox 360 are pretty much neck and neck at the moment, with PS3 slightly ahead. Software was up, and the formats that Rainbow Six Vegas 2 appeared on did especially well.”
Bloch predicted that the release of the GT5 Prologue bundle would ignite yet another spark in PS3 sales, adding, “The release of GT5 Prologue and its bundle will see a further rise on PS3 after its release. PS3 has been outselling Xbox 360 for some time, but last week they were pretty close. In terms of sales so far this year, PS3 is ahead.”
“Some schools are on holiday so next week will be similar, as there are a lot of product slated for March 28th. We’ve seen bumper sales this week and we can expect the same for next week,” he concluded.
- 6:14am EDT - March 28th, 2008
psycho_mantis | uncut_raw187
- 6:14am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Theyre all buying it for MGS4 and GTA IV. FCUK everything else!!!
- 6:18am EDT - March 28th, 2008
yeah sony take note! i can't believe we didn't get anything special on the 23rd march, ok so i got my casino royal blu ray for free when i signed up, i spend enough of my money, i want something in return! ie decent european updates!
- 6:20am EDT - March 28th, 2008
PS3 FTW!!! Woot Woot!!!
- 6:33am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Well knowing this, Sony should do something for my UK comrades cuz they are the maddest of all PS3 owners.
- 6:45am EDT - March 28th, 2008
maybe sony will start showing the uk respect it deserves for it's loyalty. hope when they completely revamp the store than it is full of wholewheat goodness!!
- 6:48am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Good news all round.
- 7:06am EDT - March 28th, 2008
- 7:11am EDT - March 28th, 2008
lmao, this is how the xbox 360 price drop is percieved? haha... nice..
- 8:07am EDT - March 28th, 2008
and thats even after 360 price drop, suck it Micro$oft!!!
- 8:10am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Despite the 360 price drops across all models (the cheapest model is now CHEAPER than the Wii!) the PS3 still sells better. Excellent.
- 8:57am EDT - March 28th, 2008
psn id: gingo.... until the next big xbox exclusive comes out (ninja gaiden 2) ps3 will continue to outsell it as there are no big games coming out for the 360 except gta4 but as thats not exclusive it doesn't count
- 9:39am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Attack of the coding!!!
Anyway, I guess we're going to be getting a lot of these articles all year. Just prepare yourselves for "Gears of War r t3h pwns" starting around October.
- 10:42am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Is just matter of time i always said...you see?! There's more to come. Just sit and wait. PSN: Silvertekken
- 10:58am EDT - March 28th, 2008
Well, of course the Xbox 360 experienced a jump in sales, especially since Microsoft dropped the price of the 360 in the U.K. It's almost amazing that the PS3 is still holding it's own in the U.K. even when it costs a lot more than the 360. I guess that people are willing to pay more for a superior product even if it costs more and of course, they are gearing up for MGS4 and the rest of the future PS3 exclusives.
The Xbox 360 doesn't really have a blockbuster exclusive game to boost sales significantly until Gears of War 2 at the end of this year, but Metal Gear Solid 4 will boost PS3 sales signficantly in the middle of the year and in the Fall, LittleBigPlanet, Killzone 2 and Resistance 2 will boost PS3 sales. Ninja Gaiden 2 for the 360 in the summer wont really boost console sales, but it's still a solid game title. Oh yea, and I almost forgot about GTA4. A lot of people are going to be buying the PS3 or 360 for that game also, But after GTA4, the 360 wont really have anything else.
- 5:14pm EDT - March 28th, 2008
wow some harsh words so no other games than gta4 and msg4, guess I will be the only sap to own gt5p huh? guess I will have to buy ridge racer 7. realism sucks man! should a bought a wii so I could play smash bros, or maybe a 3fixme so I could buy all the fps's known to man, I need to buy all the fps but too distracted by these "Good" games. Think I'll go steal a car so I can experience real driving.
- 7:57pm EDT - March 28th, 2008
GTAIV is on the 360, so they were buying for GT5P, but since Vegas was a sequel that was only on next gen systems I doubt that was the reason of the PS3s sales. But it probably was the reason of the 360s.
- 12:24am EDT - March 29th, 2008
It sounds like the PS3 is still staying on top even though the 360 just got a price cut. This sales spike is probabley due to Gran Turismo.
- 5:27am EDT - March 29th, 2008
- 5:08pm EDT - March 31st, 2008
yeah ps3 pwns 360 thats all there is to it. 360 is now last-gen. microsoft needs to step it up or step down.
This will permanently ban this user and delete all associated comments. This action is irreversible, are you SURE you want to do this?!