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This is your fold-out souvenir update celebrating the global end of Sony's gaming ambitions.

These are the triumphant scenes from across the UK, Europe and Australasian territories, as PlayStation3 lies crushed and defeated. We will never forget the brave consumers who resisted until the end on Friday, March 23, 2007.

Here's a photo of the midnight launch frenzy at the Birmingham PlayStation3 launch. As you can see, the brave people of Brum stood tall and proudly stayed at home. [from here]


The next day, the sheer humiliation of Sony's defeat was made apparent as launch day arrived in Sheffield. The proud industrial centre has NOT YIELDED ONE INCH to Sony's pathetic scheme.

"After reading all of the hype about PS3 selling out and whatnot I thought I would send this picture I took 20 minutes ago at Virgin Megastore in Sheffield. They have shed-loads of PS3s left and it's more than 30 seconds after launch. I especially like the tiny 425 sticker. Nice. Nuff said."

And of course, our capital stood firm, as it did in beneath Hitler's blitz of 1940 and 1941, and as it will do TIME AND TIME AGAIN whenever threatened by forces of evil.

This is an on-the-spot report from the DISASTER that was the PS3 midnight launch in Ealing Broadway. We've already covered the central London abomination, here's something from the outskirts.

"I remembered seeing Blockbuster in Ealing Broadway had a "Midnight Opening" sign up, so I went for some "hands-on" experience. Unfortunately, I think some irate Nintendo fans were out for blood, as someone drove past while I was watching and waiting outside the shop, and I was egged! Anyway, I managed to snag some photos."

"From the day before, showing the signs up..."

"Five minutes before midnight... that's a couple standing outside, they were the first in. A father and young son turned up around ten past. At about 12:25 a group lads turned up in a car, and one got out and went into the shop but I was getting on the bus to leave at the time. So all in all, they sold two in a half-hour period.

"Here's a picture of the result of my egging, after the culprits had escaped. It happened around 12:15."

Great news for Sony from Norway - we have a CONFIRMED report that one console has definitely been sold!

SAYS A NORWEGIAN: "This poor bastard pretty much sums up the Norwegian launch. He's the owner of Gamezone in Stavanger and at the end of day one they had only sold one effin machine. Right now this is probably the face of most European store owners."

All you need to know is that "security guards and staff outnumbered those picking up pre-orders". [from here]

THAT AMAZING NEWS AGAIN: "security guards and staff outnumbered those picking up pre-orders".

A text-only communication from a keen UKR reader in Austria:
"Just wanted to report in the failure of the PS3 launch in Vienna, Austria."

"First of all, there were no big midnight launch parties."

"I went by 2 out of the 3 major retailers before the shops opened to find only 3 people waiting at the doors of one, and 8 people waiting at the other (half of which were the mum's of the other half)."

"I even passed a 4th electronic store on the way to the office to find brand new playstations in the window. No one outside, and only staff inside (minus one kid on his way to school playing the Xbox 360 kiosk). As I stopped at the window, a pair of parents walked up and were speaking german to each other something to the fact that their son wanted one, but the father felt that 600 euro is "bankuberfall" (a bank robbery) and they continued walking."

"The resistance is strong in the Osterreich!"


The historic manufacturing base knows quality workmanship when it sees it - hence the UNIVERSAL SHUNNING of Sony's abysmal and ineffective PlayStation3 in the strong northern base.

"I was just in town today and I decided to take a photo of the sign outside Virgin that was featured on your site. They appear to have only sold FOUR more PS3s in 24 hours. This photo was taken on March 23rd at midday. Keep up the good work lads."

As in numerous historic battles, the Scots provided some of the strongest and bravest resistance of all. We knew they would not let us down as the critical hours passed.

"I was uptown tonight in Edinburgh so thought I'd have a laugh at the spotty/unemployed/games industry people who turned up for the Midnight launch at Gamestation, Game and HMV on Princes Street. I think the picture attached, taken at 00:01, sums it up nicely. HMV was also shockingly bad, with less than 10 people instore at midnight. I'm not a fanboy of any colour, but it's nice seeing a company get a kicking for taking the public for granted - The Tophatron."

The never-say-die of the Aussies attitude shone through yet again down under.

"At midnight, about 40 PS3 buyers had arrived to collect their consoles, causing distress for the army of camera crews who turned up expecting to capture launch mayhem. Desperate producers unashamedly asked the crowd to fake excitement when the cameras were rolling, while a team from 2Day FM let out bogus cheers to convince their radio listeners that a launch extravaganza was underway."


"Now word from an employee there says they had 600 consoles as they expected hundred of people to arrive, but they sold about 60 in total. Sony spent 6million dollars on this launch, whereas MS spent 1million and the turnout was about 1000 people. What does that tell ya? It tells ya it's a good day to be in PAL Land! Yours joyfully, Mr Pink."

Easily the biggest shame for Sony yet, where "only 50" people turned up to buy the 1000 PlayStation3s made available at the Paris midnight launch. [from here]

"PS3 launch in Paris was also a failure last night. Only four to five people were at the 'Champs Elysees' to buy Sony's shitty box. And only about 20 more were at the special event at the Eiffel tower to wait for it. Jeux-France has a video of the non-event, including Microsoft's boat floating in front of Sony's on the Seine and Georges Fornay (Sony's president in France) looking really worried about the few people there."

More on Sony's French CATASTROPHE from official French news sources here.


FRENCH: "La Playstation 3 fait un bide 3000 fans etaient attendus au pied de la tour Eiffel : seule une centaine s'est presentee... L'evenement organise par Sony pour sa PS3 a vire au flop. 95 percent des consoles du magasin ephemere n'ont pas trouve preneur."

ENGLISH: "The Playstation 3 is a flop 3000 fans were expected in front of Eiffel tower: only a hundred came... Sony's event for its PS3 made a flop. 95% of the stock for this temporary shop didn't find a buyer."


Blogger Rhys said...
You can still buy it in Wales too. A huge sign outside Woolies in Colwyn Bay "proudly boasts" that "they have more PS3's in stock".
Blogger Studley said...
Haven't we seen that Sheffield picture before? I'm pretty sure their number is going UP...
Blogger Luvbeers said...
My bad. I guess there was a PS3 launch party in Austria, south of Vienna in a industrial town where they used to build WWII Messerschmitts.

Looks like around 50 people showed up, hence why I saw nobody the next morning buying PS3's.
Blogger Al said...
I was quite dissapointed to see that some have been sold here in Bromley over the weekend- on Friday, around lunchtime, HMV had 39 in stock, today, around the same time, they had 5.
Blogger Neil said... are already knocking them down to £400.

Blogger tyler said...
LUVBEERS IS A SONY SPY!!!!! He must suffer the traditional death of a spy. I'll bring the KY jelly.
Blogger arancarlisle said...
Paris has never looked so beautiful.
Blogger jawa said...
Yay more rape!

This is the best news since that guy got beheaded on tv.
Blogger Lodin said...
Ahhh, feels good to be a European on this fine day. Congrats to all!
Blogger Aqu4rius said...

read it and weep!!!

Record-breaking 165,000 PS3s sold at UK launch
Blogger shonky said...
Pass the KY, we've got another one. ^^
Blogger Luvbeers said...
I'm no spy! *gasp* merely reporting the truth. 50 consoles at a launch is not enough to win a war. I think 165,000 is far too high of an estimate as well. Especially if they only shipped 220k in the first place.

I watched a bit of blu-ray Casino Royale in the window today at lunch. The quality is no better than my divX rip running on my 20 quid DVD player connect to my HDTV via SCART.
Blogger kebabselector said...
Spoke to people i know at John Lewis in Solihull (quite an affluent area).

By about 17:00 they had sold 4

Did MCV have any credibility to lose with that article?

Still not seen any stores 'out of stock' in Birmingham.
Blogger James said...
Has anyone redone the "This is living" logo to read "This is dying" yet? Because it's about four hours overdue.
Blogger Dan said...
The news that PS3 is the fatest selling console ever in the UK is everywhere now.

So much for "Europe At War". The console you have just spent the last few weeks ripping apart has just had the most successful UK laumch ever!

Congratulations UKResistance, you fail.
Blogger Dr Chewbacca said...
Haha thanks for this tour of Europe, this is so funny (and yet sad for Sony and the people who sincerely support the PS3, the resellers and anyone who would have like to see more enthusiasm).
Blogger Mentski said...
It's a bit bizarre hearing that 165,000 were sold, considering only this morning, the estimated sales were under 40,000. Which sounds far, far more likely.
Blogger SchwangSchwing said...
Shame Sony doesn't have 2 years worth of pre-orders left for next month. With so much stock left on shelves, demand has evaporated overnight.

Nice launch, but sustainable sales are going to be a joke.
Blogger CuntyMcCuntCunt said...
Hah! 165,000 units? Three quarters of the UK-allocated stock? HOW? Are Chart-Track's computers working OK?
Blogger Keza said...
Hang on. I'm seriously confused about these ChartTrack figures. Apparently it really is confirmed sell-through to customers, not an estimate.

This, as is *enormously* well documented here, is simply NOT POSSIBLE. Which OBVIOUSLY means that Sony has been BRIBING CHARTTRACK, and UKR has the necessary photographic evidence to prove it.

To court!
Blogger Luvbeers said...
Only 55K were sold. 165K is the number left in stock.
Blogger McDave said...
I spoke to an employee of a large retail park toys 'R' us over the weekend, they said out of 124 consoles in stock, they sold four on launch day.

Nottingham and the rest of the midlands are doing you proud guys. Viva la resistance!
Blogger Mark said...
From Midnight Thursday until the end of Sunday (the first 3 days), there were 550,000 units sold throughout the PAL terrirtories. There was around £100 million pound in sales in the UK alone from PS3 consoles, accessories and games.

That doesnt sound like a failure to me. In fact, it is the best launch of ANY console in the world to date.

Oh, and by the way, the reason that there is stock left in most stores....

SONY made sure there was loads of stock available for launch, so that they would not sell out in the first few days. Remember the bad press that Nintendo and Microsoft got when they sold out? SONY didnt want that so they made sure there was ample stock avaialble.

This site just seems to want to slag something off, and the PS3 seems to be your flavour of the month.
Blogger Munter_S said...
Mark and Dan, you fetid cocksores, you've fallen for the oldest trick in gaming retail.

You see, what you do is develop a shit game, then delay the release six months. By that time pre-orders have built up enough to get your game into the top 10. Then it's in the "charts" so it sells more.

I'd estimate there's at least 30,000 of the fuckers selling for under £400 on e-bay. And the rest in pre-orders that were from shop employees.

Lies, damn lies and statistics and all that.

Anyway, somebody will be along to rape you shortly. In the bum.
Blogger McDave said...
Holy shit guys, Mark's onto us. Abort, abort!
Blogger Neil said...
Bored of this PS3 stuff now, can we go back to talking about Animal Crossing and related fluffiness please?
Blogger Mark said...
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Blogger Mark said...
Munter_S, o dear, i pity you and your grasp of the english language. I am mortally hurt at your deep running insults and feel i may never recover fully, even with professional help.

It's obvious that you are the one controlled but statistical lies.

Even if 30,000 have been sold on ebay for less than £400, someone paid RRP to be able to get hold of one in the first place in order to list it on there you idiot!

We will wait and see how the figures look in the next few months. The launch weekend has seen over 500,000 units sold in the PAL regions, and to me that shows a promising start.

Now, go find something else to slag off to keep yourself amused.
Blogger Munter_S said...

I was only joking about the bumrape thing. Sorry you're so disappointed.

Love and kisses.

Blogger Branch-me-do said...
GAME on Queen Street in Cardiff had the usual scribbled sign proclaiming they still had PS3s left, 'hurry up'.

Hurry up and what, buy one? Or is that imploring Sony to make it worth buying! Oho! A chap inside was, I think, asked about the DS, and said that they'd be focussing more on the PS3 as it's just come out.

They had also CUNTINGLY put a NEW copy of Crackdown on their TINY SHELF of used 360 games NEXT TO THE FLOOR. So, they could CUNT OFF... and I bought it from Tesco, for £3 left, £3 quid I spent on two tragically discontinued Baltika beer!
Blogger jawa said...
can i just say that that dan guy is gay and i saw him eating his own shit with a spoon last week on the heath.


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