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New 500GB PS3 Sparks UK Sales Surge

The last time Sony introduced an overhauled PlayStation 3, sales skyrocketed and remained high for a while.

Obviously, with the unveiling of no less than three new models (only two of which are currently confirmed for the US), Sony is hoping for a repeat of history. And the good news is, sales have definitely climbed in the UK. Not too shocking.

As noted by GameSpot, new GFK sales data shows PS3 hardware sales surging 138% when compared to the previous week, and this is due in large part to the newly released 500GB PS3, which went on sale in the region on September 28. GFK has reported that the fresh model accounted for 37% of all PS3s sold during the week, and that's quite significant and a good sign.

If you've forgotten, the new PS3 is about 20% smaller and 25% lighter and also features a new disc drive. Gamers in North America will have access to the 250GB and 500GB versions but it remains to be seen if that 12GB flash memory system is US-bound.

Tags: ps3, playstation 3, new ps3, ps3 sales, new ps3 model

10/2/2012 9:12:09 PM Ben Dutka

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 10:34:10 PM

That is good news generally. The economic news has not been good generally, so its heartening to see that there are people out there who are willing to take the plunge and still spend on their hobby.

Whether they are buying an additional console, replacing a broken console, or new to the Playstation world, it seems the overhauled hardware has got plenty of life in it yet.

The question I ask is... over the next 5 years, can the PS3, like the PS2, cross the 100000000 mark like its predecessor... currently an unbeatable feat!

It seems the PS3 will run and run even after the PS4 is introduced; time will tell I guess.

Personally, I hope to still be enjoying my PS3 for many years, unless the PS4 comes out with full backward compatibility. Then it would make sense to have one box for all my gaming needs.



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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 1:11:26 PM

I think PS3 will beat the 100M unit mark by a wide margin. I doubt it will outsell PS2, but definitely more than 100M units. 3 years ago I said as much based on two tiers of price reductions and a new model. I projected it out to 10 years with peak sales not much beyond 15M in a year, and tailing off as it approached 10 years. I think Sony has actually extended the life of the PS3 beyond that 10 year mark. The projections I did have PS3 hitting at least 110M units by the end of it's life.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012 @ 11:30:28 PM

Watch out everyone, here come the late adopters! They smell blood in the water as PS4 hype begins.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 2:05:57 AM

Good to see, but wat about U.S?

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 10:02:30 AM

I want that 500GB

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 12:33:58 PM

Save some money and just install a drive.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 5:52:54 PM

I think the PS3 will wind up coming very close to the PS2's numbers in it's lifetime, if not even better.

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