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PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch Sold 518,856 Units in Italy in 2020

PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Switch Sold 518,856 Units in Italy in 2020 - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 August 2021 / 4,155 Views

The video game market in Italy grew 21.9 percent from €1.79 billion in 2019 to €2.18 billion in 2020, according to the annual report from IIDEA who compiles data from GSD, GameTrack, and App Annie.

Software accounted for 82 percent of the revenue generated, which is up 24.8 percent year-over-year to €1.78 billion. Digital games accounted for €799 million of the revenue (up 32.7 percent), while physical sales accounted for €284 million (down six percent), and mobile gaming €701 million (up 33.5 percent).

Hardware revenue increased 10.3 percent in 2020 to €395 million. €275 million of that figure was spent on consoles, while the remaining €120 million was spent on accessories and hybrid toys. 

There were a total of 884,100 consoles sold in 2020 in Italy. This is down from 950,800 consoles sold in 2019. The Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch sold a combined 518,856 units. No breakdown was provided of how well the three systems sold individually. The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Wii sold a combined sold 300,592 units in 2020. 

While we don't know if the Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5 sold better, users who own the Xbox Series X|S spend an average of 4.2 hours playing the console per week, while for the PlayStation 5 it is 3.3 hours. 

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were the most popular home consoles with a total of 4.2 million players in 2020, while there were 1.7 million Nintendo Switch players. 1.6 million people continue to play their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 1.9 million are also playing their 3DS. There are also 7.2 million PC players.

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in Italy in 2020 (physical and digital figures included):

Position Title
1 FIFA 21 (Electronic Arts)
2 Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)
3 FIFA 20 (Electronic Arts)
4 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
5 The Last of Us Part II (Sony Interactive Entertaiment)
6 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
7 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (Activision Blizzard)
8 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege (Ubisoft)
9 NBA 2K20 (2K Sports)
10 Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
11 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)
12 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Mojang)
13 Marvel's Spider-Man (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
14 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot (Bandai Namco)
15 God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
16 Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft)
17 Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
18 Ghost of Tsushima (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
19 Gran Turismo Sport (Sony Interactive Entertainment)
20 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)

Digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Anuman, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microsoft, Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, THQ Nordic, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Notable missing companies include Bethesda and Nintendo.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.


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 wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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3 Comments
polofresco (on 14 April 2021)

Good numbers!

In Spain:

Nintendo Switch: 519.050 unidades
PS4: 243.350 unidades
PS5: 78.400 unidades
Xbox Series X/S: 30.850 unidades
Xbox One: 24.500 unidades

https://vandal.elespanol.com/noticia/1350741379/switch-fue-la-consola-mas-vendida-en-espana-en-2020-con-mas-de-medio-millon-de-unidades/

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AlbiNecroxz (on 14 April 2021)

As an italian i looked at this report when it was published in italian and numbers don't match up with the info we have about last year sales. The only thing I suspect is that they counted OG Switch as "Next-Gen" and Switch Lite as "portable" and so numbers are less random. And the Switch players number seems off too, 1.7m up from 950k form last year is really "stretched" as the total number of Switch sold here in 2020 with the numbers they provided doesn't look like it passed 500k units.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 14 April 2021)

"The older generation -- PS4, Xbox One and Wii -- sold 300,592 units last year." Regardless of whether they forgot a "U" in there I'm amazed either system would still be available for sale at this point.

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