Nearly one in every three households bought a games console in 2007
Console unit sales hit 7.4 million in 2007, an increase of 45 per cent and equivalent to one in almost every three households. At the same time 76 million games were sold, a rise of 16 per cent. The value of all the games sold was an estimated �1.72 billion, an increase of 26 per cent, according to data produced by Chart Track.
Ben Keen, chief analyst at Screen Digest, said: �Games is a cyclical market and we are at the point where all three major manufacturers � Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony � are competing intensely. But it�s not yet over: demand has not peaked yet.�
"Nintendo�s DS was the bestselling games device of the year, with around 2.5 million units bought, followed by the Japanese company�s living room-based Wii, which has a unique motion-sensing interface. �What�s interesting is that this year, in most of the big-selling games there hasn�t been a gun in sight, with titles like BrainTrainingorWii Sports,� a spokesman for Chart Track said."