UK console installed base exceeds 32m

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32.4m current generation game consoles are now in circulation in the UK, according to Gfk Chart-Track.

That means retail has sold 5.2m DS, Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and PSP consoles this year.

However, that's a 26 per cent slowdown in hardware sales compared to 2009. For the same year-to-date period in 2009, 7.2m games consoles had been sold.

It's important the note that although there has been a variety of new bundles and new hardware configurations this year – including the DSi XL and Xbox 360 S – there's been no big price drop on any of the leading hardware.

The new figures came with GAME's Christmas interim statement.