PS3 price cuts see console sales increase 65% over weekend

You may have heard that Sony has announced worldwide price slashes to the Playstation 3 Slim console at the annual GamesCom event, and in terms of units sold it’s really paid off – with a massive 65% increase in sales since promotion launched mid-last week.


A 160GB PS3 console previously costing £249 can now be picked up for £199 in the UK, and a full-fat 320GB model once priced at £299 is now only £249, as noted, this is the same as the lower spec console once was! Some UK retailers such as GAME and Gamestation have been cutting the console’s price down even more, rewarding gamers who also purchased a pre-owned title with their new PS3.

This along with bundle deals, including consoles and games such as FIFA ’12, has proven to deliver a hugely successful sales weekend for Sony who’s Director of Hardware Marketing says “We’re opening our arms for the Xbox 360 and Wii owners to come over. There’s a real opportunity for those consumers to be able to play, what we view, are the best games in the industry on the PS3 this fall.”

Here’s a complete turn-around and all seems forgiven after Sony’s earlier console peril when doubters and disbelievers heckled at the company’s misfortunes during the whole “outage/hacking” incident back in April.

Now the boot is on the other foot, leaving Xbox 360 owners wondering if they’re getting enough play for their pound with the Microsoft console, while Nintendo’s focus is firmly fixed on saving the 3DS handheld and preparing to launch the uninspiring “home console” follow-up, Wii U.

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