According to VGChartz’s preliminary data, the PlayStation 3 Slim sold around half a million units in the first week, which is a 400% increase week on week. In Europe, some regions saw as much as a tenfold increase in PS3 sales, and over 200,000 units were sold in “other regions” (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia etc) according to their preliminary data. In Japan, reports have already been independently confirmed from Famitsu magazine of over 150,000 units sold – twice as much as the previous best week for PS3.
Sales in Americas also saw a large increase, over 125,000 units according to preliminary data (although this could be higher as more info comes in). PS3 software also saw significant increases – many PS3 versions of multi-platform titles comfortably outselling their 360 counterparts this week. The big question will be how long can this bump be sustained for.
Could this be pegged as the most successful console re-launch in history? VGChartz says “with a fair amount of certainty that between 450,000 and 550,000 units were sold,” but will not know the exact figure until all of the finalised data is in.