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PS4 and Xbox One Account for Two Thirds of Physical Game Sales

PS4 and Xbox One Account for Two Thirds of Physical Game Sales - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 November 2015 / 5,406 Views

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are leading the way in the sales of physical titles as the last generation consoles continue to drop off in terms of selling power.

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One accounted for two thirds of physical game sales for the quarter ending September 27th, according to retail tracker Kantar Worldpanel.

The biggest driver is the Xbox One, which saw its marketshare increase from 21 percent a year ago to 30 percent. The PlayStation 4 continued to increase its marketshare as well, from 34 percent to 37 percent.

"The jump is down to Xbox broadening its game repertoire," said strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel, Fiona Keenan. "Last year it focused on big-name titles like Destiny and FIFA 15, with the top five Xbox One games accounting for 71 per cent of all spend."

"This year, the top five makes up exactly half of sales, with FIFA 16 surrounded by other successful titles such as F1 2015, Mad Max, Batman: Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V."

Overall sales of physical games are down year-over-year despite the gains of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is due to the release of Destiny a year ago. If you subtract Destiny from the totals then sales would be up 14 percent.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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only777 (on 06 November 2015)

Well Sony were not wrong about the 10 year life cycle of the PS3

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xl-klaudkil (on 06 November 2015)

All physical(got 34 ps4 games), only digital games i have are from ps plus

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Stoneysilence (on 06 November 2015)

I have owned 2 physical X1 games, Destiny and Watch Dogs. I traded in Destiny with Taken King and went digital on that title. Haven't played WD yet. Otherwise I am pure Digital this gen, unless I get a Wii U. I hate Nintendo's account system so I won't buy their digital titles.

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ps_wiro (on 06 November 2015)

I think that sounds about right, as gen 7 starts to wind down, gen 8 will increase...

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