A report from Chart-Track, ELSPA and ISFE notes that UK hardware sales dropped 32 percent in the first half of 2010, with revenue declining from £378 million to £256 million. Meanwhile, software sales were also down 10 percent, from £592 million to £533 million. The data doesn't include PC, console digital distribution nor used sales. Given the increased revenue of services like Xbox Live
and the current economy's effect on the pre-owned market
, not having that data included really muddles the issue.
The report also states that overall sales of accessories, software and hardware were down 16 percent from £1.14 billion in 2009 to £963 million in the first half of 2010. Of course, if folks are dropping millions of pounds on Facebook microtransactions, casual PC games and DLC for their favorite titles
, it's not being reflected in this report.