Sony’s new PSP console has sold an estimated 185,000 total market hardware units in its launch week, outdoing Nintendo’s DS (87,000 units at launch) to become the most successful UK console launch ever. 24 games were available at launch, the largest for any console, with 20 entering the All Formats Top 40 and 9 games breaking into the Top 10. Games were priced at £34.99 with the console itself retailing at £179.
Sony PSP takes over the All Formats chart this week with the biggest software launch for any console. 20 out of the 24 PSP launch titles enter the All Formats Top 40 with Sony’s ‘Ridge Racer’ (PSP) topping the list, knocking Codemasters’ ‘Brian Lara International Cricket 2005’ (PS2/XB/PC) down to No2 and becoming not only the fastest selling PSP game but also the fastest selling Ridge Racer game across any format. Nearly 1 in 5 people who bought a PSP console also bought ‘Ridge Racer’, but it was over 6 years ago since a Ridge Racer title reached number 1 in the All Formats chart with Ridge Racer Type 4 (PS1) back in week 17 1999. ‘Brian Lara International Cricket 2005’ is the only non-PSP game in the Top 10 with PSP games filling all the remaining Top 10 positions and Sony claiming the top 2 PSP games with ‘Wipeout Pure’ (PSP) entering the All Formats Chart at No3. Sega’s ‘Virtua Tennis’ and Konami’s ‘Metal Gear Ac!d’ debut at No4 and No5 respectively, holding off EA’s big PSP release ‘Need for Speed: Underground Rivals’ which is a new entry at No6. The most popular type of PSP game is racing with 5 racing games in the Top 10 PSP chart, including ‘Toca Race Driver 2’ at No6 and ‘Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition’ at No7, while out of the 24 PSP games released, 5 are new IP. Non-PSP new releases are eclipsed by the dominance of Sony’s new console with Novalogic’s ‘Delta Force: Black Hawk Down’ (new this week on XB and PS2) debuting at No1 in the Xbox Chart, but only reaching No15 in the All Formats Top 40. Microsoft’s new RPG ‘Dungeon Siege II’ also suffers the same fate, reaching No1 in the PC Full Price Entertainment Chart, but only No33 in an All Formats Top 40 where half of the games are new PSP titles.