Record sales for PSP
UK retailers are this week toasting the recent debut of the Sony PSP handheld, which it is believed has netted takings in excess of 50 million GBP in the four days since launch. Indeed, UK statistics monitor Chart-Track is stating that some 185,000 units of the PSP have now been sold in Britain alone – making this the biggest console debut ever. This figure comfortably eclipses Nintendo's DS launch, which opened with sales of 87,000 earlier this year.
Sony will be pleased to defy UK-based critics with this early success, many of whom stated that at 179.99 GBP the PSP was over-priced, especially given the diminutive nature of the early games roster. The UK gaming public however appear convinced by this new handheld, the most powerful ever, which several 'lifestyle' observers are already predicting to be a must have item this coming festive season. Certainly, the Playstation brand is very strong in the UK and across Europe – the PS2 having already established a dominant market share despite Microsoft and Nintendo's efforts.
The future now looks bright for the PSP, in the UK at least, with more games and improved functionality en route for the versatile system. The DS meanwhile, despite a 99 GBP price-tag, could well have a fight on its hands.