Report: 3.1m Xbox One and PS4 consoles could be sold this Christmas

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Xbox One and PS4 should generate at least 1.2bn for UK retailers this Christmas.

That comes from 3.1m console sales, 1.3m Xbox Ones and 1.8m PS4s.

That's according to trade body the Entertainment Retailer's Association, which also says that number could rise to 3bn. The figures are drawn from a consumer survey of over 2,000 people.

It's an astonishing figure that, if true, will make Christmas 2013 the biggest ever for games stores.

However, the data compiled by ERA does make assumptions on the wide availability of stock this Christmas. MCV understands that it's very unlikely that there will be 3.1m Xbox One and PS4 consoles in the channel this year.

ERA does expect the sales of games to outsell music and video combined this Christmas.

ERA director general Kim Bayley said: The drama and excitement generated by PS4 and Xbox One look set to produce the sales boost retailers have been crying out for.”