The video games industry trade body ELSPA - the Entertainment Leisure & Software Publishers' Association - has stated that a doubling in the UK games console base within a year is further evidence that the British games industry is now one of the most important in the UK's creative industries sector.
Massive sales performances for all games consoles have resulted in phenomenal growth. The installed base of consoles in the UK has doubled from 8.8 million in September 2007 to 17.3 million in September 2008, and by the end of the year the figures are estimated to rise to 21 million.
While Sony and Microsoft have added a million installed users in the last 12 months, Nintendo has been the biggest winner with an increase of some 2.5 million Nintendo Wii consoles and 3.3 million DS handhelds.
From September 2007 to September 2008, the Nintendo Wii installed base has risen from 1.1 millioon to a staggering 3.6 million, while the Nintendo DS has soared from 3.8 million to 7.1 million. PS3 unit sales have risen from 0.4 million to 1.4 million and the Xbox 360 from 1.3 million to 2.3 million.
All figures were provided by High Street retain chain, Game Group.
"There can be little doubt that video games are now one of the major forms of entertainment in the UK," said Michael Rawlinson, MD of ELSPA (pictured). "Not only that, our industry is proving to be remarkably robust in the 'credit crunch'. The reason is very simple - games can offer terrific value for money."