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Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in April, Lack of Xbox Series X|S and PS5 Stock

Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in April, Lack of Xbox Series X|S and PS5 Stock - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 05 May 2021 / 2,546 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the UK in April, according to the head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring via Twitter. Sales for the Switch were down compared to last year, but it is consistently selling well. 

There was a lack of stock for the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 during the month of April, which is one reason for the Switch being the number one seller. 

The Nintendo Switch isn't breaking sales records in the UK, however, current sales trends are on par with the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 went on to sell nine million units in the UK lifetime, which puts in third behind the Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2 for the best-selling console of all time in the UK. 

"There was a lack of stock for Xbox Series and PS5 in April," said Dring. "As a result, Switch was the No.1 console in the UK. Sales are down vs last year (unsurprisingly) but it's a consistent high performance right now.

"Switch isn't a record breaking platform in the UK. Not even close. But its current sales trends puts it on par with Xbox 360, which over time went on to do 9m units in the UK. A figure only beaten by Nintendo DS and PS2."

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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holzi (on 05 May 2021)

Selling an par with the third best selling console of all time sounds like a pretty impressive feat. This also means it is selling better than the Wii.

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The Fury (on 06 May 2021)

Lack of is a little understatement... I hear most were stuck behind a ship in a canal. :P

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AkimboCurly (on 06 May 2021)

I wonder if the fact that Switch had stock shortages before the microprocessor shortage meant that they increased their quota of silicon from nvidia, and so isolated themselves from the shortages

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Random_Matt (on 05 May 2021)

Did say April PS5 stock was non-existent. May will be massive, two big shipments.

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Legit (on 05 May 2021)


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