PS3 Currently Leading European Hardware Sales In 2012


According to estimates based on market research conducted by Nintendo, the PlayStation 3 tops the list in terms of hardware sales in Europe so far this year.

The data suggests Sony’s console sold between 50,000 and 100,000 units per week in 2012, whereas Xbox 360 sales dipped below the 50,000 mark from February onwards, despite being in the lead at one point earlier in the year. Nintendo’s very own 3DS managed to do slightly better, selling between 30,000 and 50,000 units per week. Interestingly, the data shows that the PlayStation Vita sold over 200,000 units during its launch week, but sales quickly dropped after that.

As you might expect, the situation is different in North America, with the Xbox 360 on top thanks to weekly sales falling between the 65,000 and 100,000 mark. The PlayStation 3 sits comfortably in second place, selling between 40,000 and 90,000 units per week, and the 3DS places third, with sales peaking at the 70,000 mark. PlayStation Vita sales don’t compare to Europe, selling around around 40,000 units during its launch week in North America.

In Japan, the 3DS comes out on top, selling between 65,000 and 120,000 units per week. The PlayStation 3 takes the second spot, with weekly sales falling between the 20,000 and 70,000 mark. It’s no surprise, but Xbox 360 sales are so low that they’re probably not even worth mentioning.

Interesting sales figures, we’re sure you’ll agree. It’s nice to see Sony are doing well with the PlayStation 3 in all regions, especially Europe. However, the fact that the PlayStation Vita hasn’t done particularly well outside Europe must be a slight concern. The 3DS and Xbox 360 also seems to be doing well, with both systems having comfortable leads in their home territory.

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Source: CVG

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