Sales of the PlayStation 3 in the Japanese market have finally begun to rise, four weeks after the console was launched, according to data from Media Create.
Sales for the week of 4 -10 December were a solid 60 percent higher than the week before and that could mean console-maker Sony Computer Entertainment is making good on its promise to increase production of the PlayStation 3. Sales of the console fell for the first three full weeks after launch due to Sony's inability to keep up with demand.
Sales in the week from 4 -10 December were 50,171 consoles, Media Create says. That makes it the second-best week for the PlayStation 3 since its launch week in early November when 81,639 consoles were sold, according to the market data provider.
The console remains difficult to find in Japanese stores and still fetches a slight premium on Internet auction sites despite a lot of the launch-buzz dying down. Recently the more expensive of the two PlayStation 3 models was attracting bids of around ¥66,000 (US$559) on Yahoo Auctions. It retails for around ¥59,800...