360 sells more than Wii and DS in UK's 2009 [UPDATE]
Thursday, July 02, 2009 12:20 PM
The UK's current generation console installed base has topped 24 million, with the Xbox 360 selling the most out of all the video game consoles in 2009.
As of June 27th 2009, the current generation of consoles has sold more than 24 million units in the UK to date; up 8.4 million from 12 months ago.
The sales data comes from Gfk Charttrack and is reported by GamesIndustry.biz
The Nintendo DS has shown the biggest growth in the past 12 months, with a current install base of 9.1 million, up from 2.7 million from the same point last year. The addition of DSi sales since its launch in April puts the handheld at 9.4 million sold.
The Nintendo Wii follows with a total of 5.4 million units sold, up 2.3 million from June 2009.
The Xbox 360 has now reached a 3.9 million UK installed based, which is up 1.7 million from last year. The PlayStation 3 sits at 2.2 million (up 900,000) with the PSP on 3.3 million (up only 500,000).
Despite the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii leading out in sales over the past 12 months it's interesting to look at data for 2009 itself.
The last data from Gfk Charttrack came on January 3rd 2009, where the total UK installed base of the current generation of consoles hit 22 million. If you look a little closer you'll notice that the Xbox 360 has sold the most units in the past six months of 2009.
The Nintendo DS had sold 8.8 million units by January 2009, meaning the 9.4 million current installed base equates to 600,000 sold this year.
The Nintendo Wii is up from 4.9 million to 5.4 million, which is 500,000 sales in 2009. The PlayStation 3 was at 1.9 million, seeing a 300,000 increase in sales and the PSP has grown from 3.2 million to 3.3 million in 2009.
However, Microsoft's Xbox 360 has grown from 3.2 million to 3.9 million, equating to an increase of 700,000 units since January 2009.
Data from January 31st 2009 put the Xbox 360 at 3.3 million and the Nintendo Wii at 5.1 million, meaning that Microsoft's console has actually sold two times the amount of the Wii in the last six-months.
When comparing to the same six month period last year, this equates to a 100 per cent rise in sales for the Xbox 360 and a 66 per cent drop in sales for the Wii. It appears that the Nintendo Wii is experiencing a drop off in the UK after the January period, with the Xbox 360's competitive price doing Microsoft proud.
The PlayStation 3 and PSP sales over the same period (January to June 2008) show no growth or decline, with the Nintendo DS experiencing 44 per cent decline, despite the launch of the DSi.
[UPDATE 13/08/09] - These numbers have since been proven to be inaccurate - Xbox 360 isn't outselling Wii in UK this year.
UK console installed bases as of June 27th 2009:
- NDS - 9.1m
- Wii - 5.4m
- Xbox 360 - 3.9m
- PSP - 3.3m
- PlayStation 3 - 2.2m
- DSi - 0.3m
- Total - 24.2 million
UK console installed bases as of January 31st 2009:
- NDS - 9.0m
- Wii - 5.1m
- Xbox 360 - 3.3m
- PSP - 3.3m
- PlayStation 3 - 1.9m
- Total - 22.5 million
UK console installed bases as of January 3rd 2009:
- NDS - 8.8m
- Wii - 4.9m
- Xbox 360 - 3.2m
- PSP - 3.2m
- PlayStation 3 - 1.9m
- Total - 22 million
UK console installed bases as of June 28th 2008:
- NDS - 6.4m
- Wii - 3.1m
- Xbox 360 - 2.2m
- PSP - 2.8m
- PlayStation 3 - 1.3m
- Total - 15.8 million
UK console installed bases as of February 2nd 2008:
- NDS - 5.5m
- Wii - 2.2m
- Xbox 360 - 1.9m
- PSP - 2.7m
- PlayStation 3 - 1.0m
- Total - 13.3 million
Source: Gfk Charttrack via GAME Group