PS3's a Record Breaker 165,000 consoles sold in just three days. by Rob Burman, IGN UK UK, March 27, 2007 - As expected, PlayStation 3 has become the fastest selling home console in British history, with 165,000 consoles flying off the shelves since it was launched last Friday.
Thanks to plenty of early stock - compared to the Wii and Xbox 360 - most people could walk into a store over the weekend and buy a console without any hassle. In fact, many retailers still have units available and the 165,000 consoles sold only account for a third of the overall UK stock.
PS3 comfortably beat the Wii and Xbox 360 launches, which managed to sell 105,000 and 70,000 respectively. However, while PS3 may be the best-selling home console, it still failed to eclipse Sony's PSP, which racked up a staggering 185,000 sales during launch weekend.
Post by HundredProofSam on Mar 30, 2007 20:38:34 GMT 6
Sony to up Europe flat TV capacity
AMSTERDAM, March 28 (Reuters) - Sony Corp. <6758.T> said on Wednesday it would double its capacity to produce flat Bravia televisions sets in Europe to 5 million units in fiscal year 2007 as it aims to clinch the number one spot in the region. Sony is the world's biggest producer of flat TVs measured in revenues, but in Europe it ranks second behind Samsung <005930.KS>, according to market research group DisplaySearch. "The market will not double next year, but maybe grow 50 percent. We want to be more aggressive than the market. We hope we can sell enough to claim the number one spot," Sony's European president for electronics activities, Fujio Nishida, said in a telephone interview. "We estimate a 25 percent price decline in LCD TV sets in 2007," Nishida said, due to technical advances and cost reductions, but also due to overcapacity of LCD panels. Sony's sales will be boosted by an expanded range of Full High Definition (Full HD) television sets, as opposed to "HD ready" sets, which have fewer pixels. Nishida said he anticipated that around 40 percent of flat TV revenues and 20 percent of unit sales could come from Full HD sets in fiscal 2007, which runs to end-March 2008. The move to high definition television, which provides five times more picture detail than the current, standard definition TV, is important to the consumer electronics industry, and Sony said it would start a large marketing campaign to make clear to consumers that high definition movies are now a reality. Sony will start selling a standalone HD Blu-ray player, the high definition DVD format, in Europe by this summer. In the United States the model retails for $999, and a similar figure in euros is expected for the European market. Over the weekend, Sony also sold 600,000 PlayStation 3 (PS3) games consoles after the European launch on Friday. The PS3 contains a Blu-ray optical drive that can play back HD movies. In terms of HD TV broadcasts, consumers should be patient. "There's always the question when high definition television broadcasts start," Nishida said, adding that "it's no HD world yet" and that it may take "another three years before 20 percent of TV broadcasts are in high definition format". "But we can already give consumers a HD viewing experience with Blu-ray and HD camcorders," he said. Sony launched new HD camcorders for the European market this week. The adoption of HD television by the broadcast industry is held back because broadcasters have not yet figured out how to recoup the investment in new HD equipment and bandwidth from consumers who are not yet convinced they will pay extra for HD. "First we have to convince the broadcasters that consumers really want it," said Nishida. Sony also sells professional TV and movie production systems.
That's over half a million in sales in a weekend...impressive
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After kicking off launch week by setting records as the fastest selling console in the history of the United Kingdom, the PlayStation 3 suffered a bit of a setback, with sales down 82% for the second week after the system's release. The numbers come from prominent market research company Chart Track, which gathers data from a majority of UK video game retailers. The same company that released the 165,000 in two days figure last week.
It's an odd situation, really. It seems to be that most folks who wanted the console picked it up at when the system was first made available, and the normal post-launch buzz that gaming systems usually generate just isn't happening in the United Kingdom.
What really bothers me about this news is that SCEE, when contacted by GamesIndustry.biz, refused to comment on the situation. Is there any way to put a positive spin on a story like this?
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