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Update: PS4 sells nearly 250k over 48 hours in UK

Update: PS4 sells nearly 250k over 48 hours in UK

Mon 02 Dec 2013 8:45am GMT / 3:45am EST / 12:45am PST
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Console is regions fastest ever selling, outsells Wii U LTD

Update: A source has confirmed to GamesIndustry International that the PS4 sold just under 250,000 copies in just 48 hours in the UK, reaching a round quarter million shortly afterwards. That total not only makes it the region's fastest ever selling console, it also puts it ahead of Wii U's lifetime sales to date in the territory, which are around 150,000. The Xbox One is thought to have sold around 170,000 units so far, with 150,000 shifted in the first 48 hours.

Fergal Gara, Sony's VP and managing director for the UK and Ireland, provided the following comment to GamesIndustry International regarding the launch:

"We are delighted by the initial sales of PS4 and are proud to have set new records for a UK console launch. In particular, I want to thank all the gamers who have waited patiently for PS4 and who have come out to support PlayStation. I also want to thank all of our retail and publishing partners who have helped make this possible by delivering huge sales in a very short period of time and great games for PS4.

"Since the initial announcement back in February, preorders for PS4 have surpassed all expectations and we continue to work hard to fulfil the remainder of these preorders and to deliver additional consoles to the market for the many more gamers who want a PS4. Substantial further volumes of PS4 will arrive in the UK before Christmas."

The original story follows below.

Sony's PS4 has become the UK's fastest-selling console at retail, surpassing the previous record held by the PSP. The new record was attributed by the Chart Track figures for last week's UK sales, but doesn't detail actual sell-through figures for the machine.

The impact of the new machine is evident in the sales breakdown of individual titles on the UK chart, however, as Sony's machine outsold other platforms on nearly every multiplatform title. Nonetheless, this week's number one, Call of Duty: Ghosts sold best on the huge install base of the Xbox 360, which took 37 per cent of total sales compared to the PS4's 28, the PS3's 21 and the Xbox One's 12 per cent.

Last week's top dog, fellow hardy perennial FIFA, slipped down to number two in this week's chart, but showed a huge swing towards PS4, which accounted for a massive 42 per cent of total sales. Xbox 360 took 22 per cent, Xbox One 19 and PS3 14 per cent. Whilst that lion's share is an impressive statistic, it should be remembered that it is at least partly due to Microsoft bundling FIFA in with pre-orders of its machine at launch.

Showing even greater favouritism, and with no such caveat, was Battlefield 4, half of all sales of which were made on the new PlayStation. Xbox 360 made up a 21 per cent share, with PS3 following on 13 per cent and Xbox One making up the final 12 per cent. Killzone: Shadowfall is unsurprisingly the highest charting platform exclusive this week, securing fourth place just above Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed 4.

To find the next single platform title, you'll need to track all the away down to thirteenth place, where the poorly-reviewed Knack sits just above fellow new release and platform exclusive Super Mario 3D World - a relatively grim prognosis for Nintendo's console and flagship franchise.

  • 01 Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • 02 FIFA 14
  • 03 Battlefield 4
  • 04 Killzone: Shadowfall
  • 05 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • 06 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • 07 Grand Theft Auto V
  • 08 Need for Speed Rivals
  • 09 Just Dance 2014
  • 10 Batman Arkham Origins
  • 11 Skylanders Swap Force
  • 12 Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition
  • 13 Knack
  • 14 Super Mario 3D World
  • 15 Forza Motorsport 5
  • 16 Disney Infinity
  • 17 The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • 18 Dead Rising 3
  • 19 Tomb Raider
  • 20 Football Manager 2014

5 Comments

James Prendergast
Research Chemist

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Call of Duty: Ghosts sold best on the huge install base of the Xbox 360, which took 37 per cent of total sales compared to the PS4's 28, [...] Xbox One's 12 per cent.

Battlefield 4, half of all sales of which were made on the new PlayStation. Xbox 360 made up a 21 per cent share [...] Xbox One making up the final 12 per cent

Holy crap... I wonder how much supply constraints have hindered the XBO with their "worldwide" release. Either way, for a paltry couple of hundred thousand or so consoles in the UK the PS4 is equalling an install base of a good few million for the 360 (8 million consoles sold as of Feb 2013, obviously a proportion of which will be replacement units) - which is impressive for a newly launched device!

Posted:9 months ago

#1

Patrick Frost
QA Project Monitor

396 195 0.5
Worth pointing out that although Mario might not be selling fantastically now it is both a system seller that will propagate it's own sales and an evergreen title.

Posted:9 months ago

#2

Neil Young
Programmer

296 372 1.3
@Patrick - indeed, how it charts relative to Knack *next* week may be rather more important.

Posted:9 months ago

#3

Steve Goldman
Journalist.

81 92 1.1
Mario outsold knack 10-1 in the US yet I dont see that article

Posted:9 months ago

#4

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

925 1,381 1.5
it also puts it ahead of Wii U's lifetime sales to date in the territory, which are around 150,000. The Xbox One is thought to have sold around 170,000 units so far, with 150,000 shifted in the first 48 hours.
So in less than two weeks time both the XBO and PS4 have already outsold the Wii U's LTD sales in the UK, despite a year head start. Things keep getting worse and worse for Nintendo and I suspect that by the end of March 2014 it will have been outsold by both systems in the US as well.

Posted:9 months ago

#5

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