Sales of the PlayStation 3 have plummeted 65 per cent on last week in Japan ahead of the new slim hardware launch, putting the console - with 2052 sales - at the bottom of the latest hardware chart.
Media Create figures show that while the PlayStation 3 showed the biggest drop however, sales were down across the board, with the DS still topping the hardware chart but with sales of 65,313 compared to 95,957 last week - a reduction of 32 per cent.
Nintendo Wii sales were also down - to the extent that the console switched positions with the PlayStation Portable at number three. The home console sold 26,972 units for the week - a drop of 43 per cent on last week's 47,732.
The PlayStation Portable sold just above that number - 27,187 - a drop from 39,882 last week. The Xbox 360 suffered only a small reduction in sales from last week, at 8979 from 9162 the week prior.
PlayStation 2 outsold the PlayStation 3 by over 1000 units - selling 3295 for the week.
The full Media Create Japanese hardware chart for the week ending August 24 is as follows:
- 01 Nintendo DS - 65,313
- 02 PlayStation Portable - 27,187
- 03 Nintendo Wii - 26,972
- 04 Xbox 360 - 8,979
- 05 PlayStation 2 - 3,295
- 06 PlayStation 3 - 2,052