Xbox 360 Now The UK’s Best Selling Games Console This Generation

Nintendo’s Wii console has finally been overtaken in the UK [via], with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 now the best selling console this generation. Sony’s PlayStation 3 remains in third place.

Stat tracking company Chart Track say the Xbox 360 has now told over 8.4 million units, and is “regularly outselling” its rivals.


“This is an historic milestone and our sincere thanks goes to each and every person that has bought and enjoyed Xbox 360 over the past eight years,” said the wonderfully named Director of Xbox and entertainment, Harvey Eagle.

“As you saw at E3 earlier this month, we announced a new Xbox 360 form factor and we are committed to ensuring Xbox 360 remains the best place to play games, connect with friends and enjoy your entertainment. You’ll see great exclusive content coming not only to Xbox 360, but also to Xbox One later this year.”

Sony’s PlayStation 2 is still the best selling console across all generations in the UK though, with 10 million units the figure Microsoft has to beat.



  1. Any idea what the figure for the PS3 is? They’ve sold more worldwide haven’t they?…but don’t know what there figures are like in the UK.
    I can see it beating the PS2 in a few years.

      • Cheers for the link. They’re not that far behind then. Impressive figure for the 360 nonetheless.

    • Doing the maths, I think Sony’s trailing with around 6 million in the UK. Europe (mainland) is where it makes up the most.

      • Ah, which is what I was basing my reasoning off! Thanks for the link, Stormy. :-)

      • Sounds about right. No problem :-)

    • Curious that the media seem to be reporting this seemingly random statistic now the Xbox is firmly in last place in global sales.

      Being a 1.5m ahead in UK sales despite launching 14 months earler and cheaper is nothing really for Microsoft to shout about.

      You can bet a VERY large proportion of those sales are replacements for broken or noisy originals. It’s safe to say the PS3 ACTIVE USERBASE is therfore larger.

      • Because, as always, it’s about how you communicate said news. Twist things, leave things out, hell… embellish a little! Read that article title. Sounds good to the uninformed.

        Same goes for all console manufacturers though. They’re trying to breed confidence in the brand. They’re trying to look like a winner. They’ve all been at it for years and will continue to do so.

  2. Top effort to them. I thought Microsoft and/or Sony would eventually catch up with the Wii due to the very nature of the audience and how they buy any given console. How far does Sony have to go to sneak passed Nintendo’s Wii for UK sales?

    I’m still always impressed with the PS2 hanging on to the “best selling console of all time” accolade. Bloody wow.

  3. Could those figures take into account failure rate of consoles and how many were purchased as replacements when the original couldn’t be fixed (I’d ask the same question of Wii and PS3) so not trolling honest guv.

    • Exactly what I was thinking man. ;) As I’m now on my 5th PS3 and I know of a few people that are on their 3rd or 4th 360.

      • 5th ps3? Jesus Christ, what do you do with it? I’ve had the same one since launch……”touch wood”

      • Just gaming man……and lot’s of it. ;)

    • I’d imagine so, I know a few people who’ve bought multiple for this reason.

      My launch Core machine still worked though last time I fired it up ;-)

  4. Yeah but PS3 has more COD players online in UK. How has the PS2 only sold 10 million? 5/6 ppl in UK don’t have a PS2!

    • That makes perfect sense- how PS2s would be in the one household? Surely only one in most cases?

      But how many live in that house? Then factor in the non-gaming households…

      • I assumed every household had a PS2. It’s iconic and was a DVD player.

  5. PS3 will eventualy pass them. I don’t see Microsoft suporting the 360 like Sony suports their older consoles after the launch of the Xbone

  6. UK whats wrong with you lol

    • I agree. :-) most of my friends have always said I’ll never get a Ps3 , Xbox rules and no I’m not a kid, I’m 36. I have always said to them get PlayStation and won’t. Mind it doesn’t bother me as I’ve always preferred single player games and not interested in x-game chat either. So I’m glad I stuck with PlayStation.

  7. “we are committed to ensuring Xbox 360 remains the best place to play games, connect with friends and enjoy your entertainment.”

    What, so the Juan is going to be worse than the 360?

  8. Looks like when Don Mattrick said “Buy a 360”, people actually did ;)

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