Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) sold more than 165,000 units in the UK in the first two days on sale – more than both the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360 during their respective launch weekends.
The BBC reports that this breaks Sony’s record for launch sales, and cites figures from research firm Chart Track showing that the success was not specific to the UK market. Around 600,000 PS3s sold across Europe, according to Chart Track’s figures.
Despite being regarded as a technically superior machine to the Wii and Xbox 360, the PS3 has been the target of much criticism in the UK. It was originally due to launch here last autumn, and when it did go on sale many gamers were left frustrated by the high price tag. The 60GB PS3 is priced at £425 in the UK, while the equivalent version is available in the US for $600 (£305).
According to the BBC, Microsoft sold 71,000 Xbox 360s during its UK launch weekend, while Nintendo shipped 105,000 Wii consoles when it first went on sale last December.
See PC Advisor's review of the PS3.