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GameStop Details Europe, U.S. Installed Base For Consoles
GameStop Details Europe, U.S. Installed Base For Consoles
March 31, 2011 | By Leigh Alexander

March 31, 2011 | By Leigh Alexander
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The European install base of video game hardware, including both console and handheld, is about 153 million units in total, says specialty retailer GameStop, citing a report from IDG.

The info comes from the company's just-released annual report, which also asserts that of the total install base in Europe as of December 2010, 114 million of that figure is accounted for be current-generation platforms, led by the Nintendo Wii with 24.9 million units.

Unlike in the U.S., the PlayStation 3 edges out the Xbox 360 in Europe, with 14.7 million units to the latter's 13.7 million units.

As for the handheld market across Europe, the Nintendo DS has an install base of 46 million units, and Sony's PlayStation Portable handheld is up to 14.8 million units.

GameStop also cited NPD numbers for the period ending December 2010 to peg the U.S. hardware market at over 249 million units.

141 million of that install base is comprised of current-gen hardware: when it comes to home consoles, the company counts 15.4 million PlayStation 3 units, 34.2 million Wii units, and 25.4 million Xbox 360 units.

On the portable market in the U.S, GameStop counts 47.3 million Nintendo DS units and 19 million PSP units. The rest of the number is accounted for by older platforms including the PS2, original Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance.

"Based on internal Company estimates, we believe that the installed base of video game software units in the United States currently exceeds 1.98 billion units," says GameStop. "As the substantial installed base of video game hardware and software continues to expand, there is a growing demand for used video game products."

Gamasutra will have full analysis of GameStop's annual report, courtesy analyst Matt Matthews, in the near future.


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Phil Nolan
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They missed the number of people with OnLive consoles that number just saw a huge increase when they gave them away for free with Homefront pre-orders. I guess they only listed consoles for which they sell games.

Prash Nelson-Smythe
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But just because they were given away for free it doesn't mean that people will use them so why should it count as install base? Everyone with a PC could be considered as part of the install base for OnLive.

Maurício Gomes
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The installed base for board games then is on its billions.

Prash Nelson-Smythe
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It's still not as great as the install base for hats.

David Serrano
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Does anyone know why more people use or own the PS3 in Europe? It's not a trick question lol. Beside the obvious (RROD), I'd just like to know what skewed european opinions towards the PS3.

David Serrano
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I've had the polar opposite experience lol. I'm currently on my 3rd 360 since 07'. I paid for a repair on the first but MS sent me a new console instead of repairing it. But they didn't activate a new warranty. When the replacement died 13 months later, they wouldn't repair or replace it for free. So I ended up buying a replacement. I've babied this one for 21 months, so far it's held up.



If the price of the PS 3 drops in June as predicted, I'm going to buy one. Mainly for the blu-ray player.


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