The Xbox 360 narrowly outdid the PS3 in the UK last year, according to the latest figures from the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE).
The Xbox managed to generate £232 million in revenue, which pipped the PS3 on £229 million, but there’s not exactly a lot in it. This represented a combined number of hardware units shifted totalling 2.3 million, which was the same as achieved in 2009.
Overall, the gross total generated in 2010 from the sale of all console hardware, games and console/pc gaming accessories added up to £2.88 billion. That was down over 10% on the previous year, however, which witnessed a total of £3.3 billion.
UKIE also noted the “soaring” popularity of casual social network gaming, which achieved revenue of $60 million this year.
Mike Rawlinson, Director General of UKIE, commented: “Despite 2010 being a tough year for the economy, the video games and interactive entertainment industry continues to perform strongly.”
“As the UK’s leading creative industry, these figures demonstrate the increasingly popular position of video games in everyone’s everyday lives, and the strength that the sector has to see it through tough times.”