PS5 titles made up 19% of all UK games sales last week, despite the console not being...

midian182

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In brief: The PlayStation 5 doesn't arrive in the UK until this Thursday, November 19, but it seems plenty of people have secured pre-orders. Somewhat surprisingly, PS5 titles accounted for almost a fifth of all boxed games sold in the country last week.

The information comes from GamesIndustry.biz editor Chris Dring. "PS5 games accounted for almost 19% of all games sold in the UK last week... despite the console not being available yet," he tweeted.

The PlayStation 5 arrived in the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Singapore on November 12, while the rest of the world has to wait until November 19.

The figures reflect the number of consumers who have already secured a PS5 through pre-orders. As with other areas, there will be no units available to buy on launch day; a decision prompted by the pandemic. The UK is currently in the middle of second major lockdown, which sees non-essential businesses closed until at least December 2. But stores are allowed to operate click-and-collect services—Apple is doing the same thing with the iPhone 12 line.

With PS5 titles taking up such a large chunk of boxed sales, many people are in the unenviable position of owning a highly anticipated game with nothing to play it on.

In other UK game chart news, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War became the first CoD title in 13 years to miss out on the number one spot during its launch week. That honor went to Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which boasted launch sales more than double those of its predecessor, Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Forty-two percent of the game's sales were for the PS4 version, while 18 percent were for the PS5. The rest of the sales were for the various Xbox platforms.

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Buhaj47

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Is there a credible comparison with Xbox Series S/X figures? Interesting to see on which platform I would have more players available for online games in Europe.
 

Burty117

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Is there a credible comparison with Xbox Series S/X figures? Interesting to see on which platform I would have more players available for online games in Europe.
It's PlayStation. Only American's love the Xbox, ever since the Xbox One launch I've seen less and less Xbox stuff around Europe.

Would be good to have some actual stats to backup that statement but I'm pretty sure it's true.
 
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dangh

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Is there a credible comparison with Xbox Series S/X figures? Interesting to see on which platform I would have more players available for online games in Europe.
there is. I think all games sold better on ps5 than on xsx regardless of ps5 not being available till Thursday.

39% of Call of Duty's sales came on PS4, 34% was for the Xbox One version, 17% for the PS5 SKU and 9% for the Xbox Series-only version.

Elsewhere, NBA 2K21 re-enters the chart at No.31 thanks to the PS5 and Xbox Series versions of the game (sales up 185% week-on-week). The PS5 edition accounted for 63% of sales, with 14% coming on the Xbox Series devices.



https://www.gamesindustry.biz/artic...call-of-duty-in-race-for-no-1-uk-boxed-charts

 

kiwigraeme

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But on a measure of games sold it was 1% - people quibble about the console price - but these AAA games are real expensive - I 've never paid those prices for a game ever - I just wait to the GOTY package comes on sale