More than 32 million Gaming Consoles Sold During Last Decade

A staggering 32 million gaming consoles in the UK have been sold as of January 2009 according to retail monitoring company Gfk Chart Track.

The figure, which is referred to as the combined UK lifetime sales, include the PS2, DS, PSP, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii consoles and show that the three main gaming consoles have accumulated sales of 10 million units in the UK.

The Wii almost match the sales of the PS3 and XBox 360 combined despite being launched nearly a year later later than the latter. But the PS2, which has received a price cut in the US and is still on sale in the UK, has sold a jaw-dropping 10 million units.

Portable gaming consoles have generally sold more than their lounge-bound peers. The DS and the PSP saw sales of 12 million units in the UK with the DS capturing nearly 75 percent of the market in the UK.

Gfk used data from high street vendor Game and its own database to extrapolate the figures. The numbers do not include older gaming systems whose sale have stopped between 2000 and 2009.

In other news, Nintendo announced that more than 8 million consoles have been sold in Japan, that's eight times the amount Microsoft managed to sell there and to make things even better, Nintendo's game titles have taken the top five spots in the sales list.

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