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MGS4 Generated "Minimal Spike" In PS3 UK Sales

We believe there were plenty of gamers out there waiting for Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots to launch before purchasing a PlayStation 3, but it seems the blockbuster exclusive's release hasn't had a significant impact on PS3 sales in the UK.

The game shot to #1 on the software charts in the region, but according to Chart-Track, it has prompted only a "minimal spike" of 7% on the hardware sales charts for the PS3. It has been nearly one week since the release of the game, and despite coming up only 14,000 short of the opening weekend figure posted by the PS2's Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, MGS4 doesn't appear to be the system-seller Sony hoped it'd be. Well, at least as far as the UK is concerned, but then again, we have to remember that the PS3 enjoyed by far the best launch last year in the UK. The Japan and US launches, by direct comparison, weren't anywhere near as good. So perhaps not as many gamers needed the PS3 for MGS4.

Thing is, you can't play the game without a PS3, and MGS4 sits at the top of the software sales charts...the translation here should be relatively obvious, even though we still would've thought this particular game could've shifted more hardware units.

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

6/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (5 posts)

Qubex
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 @ 11:08:25 PM
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I think the idea that a blockbuster game will simply relate to increased sales of a particular system is not entirely true. No doubt there will be an effect, but it is not like before. There are various factors at work. Here are a few...

1] Sony has competition (not so easy as it was before)
2] Gamers and console fans just do not have dolls of cash to fund everything they desire, they have to choose. There may be alot of people who really want a PS3 and MGS4, but simply can't afford it
3] A deteriorating economy does not help matters either
4] Games and console are still to expensive (this will change on the hardware front this year I suspect)
5] PS3 still needs time to mature, but it will get there
6] Lots of other good games to look forward too with plenty of distraction about

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd tOo HoMe"

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 1:17:35 PM

Your 3rd point doesn't really apply to the UK much though.

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Tatsujin
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 1:24:06 AM
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I somewhat agree qith Qubex... Except for 5 and 6... For 5, it seems to me that the developers are the ones that need to maturen up for this new Next-Gen system setup... The PS3 has a completely different programing style, and it is diffucult to program on it.. but pretty soon most systems will be like this, everything changes.. And for 6, well this is more of a personally obligation, I would pick up MGS4 over any other game that comes out in the future and now. MGS4 for me is a NEED, as in... "I can't live without this." But the other factors make perfect sense.

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 2:15:41 AM

Tatsujin, well said, I have to agree with your last 2 points. You've brought balance to the force mate :).

As stated many times before, no doubt the developers have to pull up their socks and deliver the next generation dream. We have seen glimpses of what can be done, but it is a long painful process, and "cross-platform" developers really struggle to get the best out of the target platforms due to the complexities and costs involved...

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd tOo HoMe"

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bamf
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 @ 6:52:09 PM
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There is the point that there doesn't seem to be any ad campaign for this game, has anyone seen anything?

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