A Million PS3 Consoles Sold in the UKSony have just announced that they sold 1 million Playstation 3 consoles in the UK in just 47 weeks since its release. This even beats the PS2 which sold 1 million units in 50 weeks and is still the biggest selling console of all time. It also beats the Xbox360 which took 60 weeks to reach a million. The Nintendo Wii managed to reach a million in just 38 weeks, but then its not really targeted at hardcore gamers. Sony also said that it took only 9 and a half weeks for the Playstation3 to reach 1 million units throughout Europe.
ChartTrack have some interesting statistics about UK console and game sales and show that the PS3 and 360 were neck and neck over the Christmas 2007 period but the Playstion 3 has since overtook the 360 in sales. Based on current figures it is predicted that the PS3 userbase will overtake the 360 this year in Europe.
Just out of interest, I decided to look at how much computers of old are worth in todays money when you take into consideration inflation. The argument that the PS3 is still too expensive is still doing the rounds on forums and blogs, but if you compare the price with previous computers you might be pleasantly surprised. I chose some computers at random as its a bit tricky to find UK launch prices for many of them. Here are my findings (in UK prices with inflation):
| Computer||Released ||Original|
| ZX Spectrum 48k|| 1982 || £174 || £445|
| Commodore 64|| 1983 || £399 || £970|
| Amstrad PC1512|| 1986 || £499 || £1054|
| Sega Megadrive|| 1990 || £189.99|| £311|
| SNES|| 1992 || £150 || £224|
| PlayStation || 1995 || £299.99|| £416|
| PlayStation 2|| 2000 || £299|| £363|
| XBox || 2002 || £299.99|| £352|
|PS3 60GB|| 2007|| £425|| £425|
|PS3 40GB|| 2007|| £299|| £299|
Kind of interesting I thought.