22 million current-gen consoles sold in UK

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GamesIndustry.biz is reporting on some new Chart-Track sales figures that have emerged from GAME’s latest public trading update. These confirm that the current-gen consoles and handhelds have sold a total of 22 million units in the UK and Ireland.

It probably won’t be much of a surprise that Nintendo products have dominated sales. Nintendo’s Wii now has a total installed base of 4.9 million units as of 3rd January, compared to 2 million this time last year.

The DS has managed an astonishing 8.8 million sales in our little isles, with 3.4 million of those sold in the last 12 months. Comparatively, Sony’s PSP has managed to shift a still-hefty 3.2 million units, but sales of the shiny black handheld appear to be slowing down, with only 600,000 being bought in 2008.

So, with the DS outselling the PSP by over 5-to-1, how are the big rivals Xbox 360 and PS3 faring? Well, in its first full year on UK shelves, Sony sold 1 million of their big black box, putting the total installed base up to 1.9 million.

However, Microsoft managed a total of 1.4 million sales of the Xbox 360 last year, putting the installed base up to the same as the PSP, at 3.2 million.

So, Nintendo are laughing all the way to the bank. The PSP has done well for Sony’s first attempt at a handheld, but appears to be past its prime. The Xbox 360 has smashed the popularity of the original Xbox in the UK. And Sony has a long way to go before the Playstation 3 experiences the same kind of overwhelming success as the PS2.