Although the console launch may not have been accompanied by the traditional holiday frenzy or hardware shortages, the PlayStation 3’s debut in the UK has had a unprecedented effect on the top forty.
All of the system’s key launch titles have charted highly, with a much more visible impact on the charts than either the Xbox 360
(albeit it at a quieter time of year for sales in general, and without any stock constraints).
As previously reported
the PlayStation 3 is the second fastest selling home console ever in the UK, behind only the PSP. It is also the most expensive console ever to launch in the UK at £424.99 ($835), but nevertheless saw three times more software being sold than at the launch of the PlayStation 2 – albeit with an almost identical attachment rate of 1.65, compared to 1.67 for the PlayStation 2.
Despite the UK press favoring race game MotorStorm
it is first person shoot ‘em-up Resistance: Fall of Man
which has taken the number one spot, giving Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) its first number one in over a year. Both titles outperformed new entry Brian Lara International Cricket 2007
despite its multiformat availability and a high level of interest in Britain for the ongoing Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.
Sega’s Virtua Tennis 3
was another prominent new entry at number four, with the PlayStation 3 version accounting for 61 percent of the game's sales. The sudden rise of Call of Duty 3
at number five is also due entirely to the release of the PlayStation 3 version of the game - accounting for 80 percent of all sales. Despite mixed reviews, motorsport simulator Formula 1: Championship Edition
was Sony’s third title in the top ten at number seven.
The long delayed release of THQ’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
on PC is the only non-PlayStation 3 title, beyond Brian Lara Cricket
, to make an impact on the top ten, with a creditable debut at number eight.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07
has slipped only slightly to number nine, again due to the release of the PlayStation 3 version of the game, while the highest new entry outside the top ten is Namco Bandai’s Ridge Racer 7
at number eleven – distributed in the UK by SCEE. Electronic Arts’ Def Jam: Icon
debuts at number twelve, with the PlayStation 3 version accounting for 37 percent of sales compared to the Xbox 360 version.
Electronic Arts’ Fight Night: Round 3
at number thirteen also owes its rapid movement up the chart to the release of the PlayStation 3 version, while Sega’s Virtua Fighter 5
enters at number fourteen. Electronic Arts’s soccer tournament tie-in UEFA Champions League 2006-2007
debuts at number fifteen, with the much mocked Genji: Days of the Blade
entering surprisingly highly at number sixteen.
Need For Speed: Carbon
’s rise to number seventeen is another beneficiary of the PlayStation 3 launch, although Ubisoft movie license TMNT
is available on every format bar the PlayStation 3. Finally, Sonic the Hedgehog
re-enters the charts at twenty-four and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
at number forty – again both thanks to the release of the PlayStation 3 versions of the games.
|1||NE||Resistance: Fall of Man||Sony||PS3||1|
|3||NE||Brian Lara International Cricket 2007||Codemasters||PS2/360/PC||1|
|4||NE||Virtua Tennis 3||Sega||360/PS3||1|
|5||20||Call of Duty 3||Activision||PS2/Xb/360/Wii/PS3||20|
|6||1||Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories||Rockstar||PS2/PSP||19|
|7||NE||Formula 1: Championship Edition||Sony||PS3||1|
|8||NE||S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl ||THQ||PC||1|
|9||5||Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07||EA||PS2/Xb/360/Wii/PS3/PC/PSP||21|
|10||2||Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2||Ubisoft||360||3|
Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2007. ELSPA