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PS5 Best-Selling Console in the UK in July, Nearly Outsold Every Other Platform Combined

PS5 Best-Selling Console in the UK in July, Nearly Outsold Every Other Platform Combined - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 August 2021 / 8,858 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the UK in July, according to the head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring. Not only was the PS5 number one in sales it also nearly outsold the sales of all the other consoles combined. 

"PS5 had another great month in the UK during July," said Dring. "It sold almost as many consoles as all the other platforms combined."

Dring added the Nintendo Switch was second best-selling console in the UK, followed by the Xbox Series X|S in third. 

PS5 Best-Selling Console in the UK in July, Nearly Outsold Every Other Platform Combined

Switch sales have been pretty even throughout 2021 so far. Sales in July for the hybrid console are slightly up compared to June, are down compared to 2020, and is up compared to 2019. As he mentions pandemic comparisons are tricky. 

"Switch has been pretty much doing the same numbers every month all year," said Dring. "Slightly up on June. No.2 overall. Down over 2020, but up over 2019. Pandemic comparisons make things tricky."

Dring added in the UK all three console makers have a decent sized audience, though Sony usually comes out on top. One exception was the PlayStation 4, which came in third place behind the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

"It’s the third biggest," added Dring about the sales for the Xbox Series X|S. "The thing with the UK, is that it’s a market where all 3 console makers have a decent audience. Sony typically comes out top, but they were third place during the PS3 era."


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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15 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 03 August 2021)

Awesome news for Sony!

The big question however is...

Where the heck did everyone find PS5s???????

-THE REAL QUESTION NINJA APPROVED-

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The Fury thevideogameninja (on 04 August 2021)

Ebay? I casually look every now and then, a visit to Argos or John Lewis in the morning when I get to work. but been too busy with life and work to properly buy one. I have 4 or 5 friends with one now. Yet when I look, never in stock. They are weird though and sign up to mailers and alerts. I'm at work busy, I don't have time for that.

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thevideogameninja The Fury (on 04 August 2021)

It's funny but I can't remember another time in videogame console history where acquiring a console was this difficult.

-GAME OF PERSISTENCE NINJA APPROVED-

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Moseskyle83 (on 03 August 2021)

Would love to know if the series x had any stock as I managed to get 2 PlayStation 5s for me and my brother but can’t seem to get a series x anywhere but can get a series s anytime

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siebensus4 (on 03 August 2021)

Usually Switch outsells all other platforms combined, so this is quite special – even for an european country. UK seems to have quite a good stock of PS5 consoles.

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Giggity_goo (on 03 August 2021)

it took me weeks to get one had to follow stock tippers on twitter managed to get one from GAME after waiting in a virtual queue for hour and a half.. it would be easier if idiots didnt keep putting them on ebay

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VAMatt Giggity_goo (on 03 August 2021)

Easiest is to just buy one on Ebay.

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 03 August 2021)

As soon as my local EBGames store got stock in, they reserved it for me.
Didn't need to hunt around or pre-order.

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VAMatt Pemalite (on 03 August 2021)

Still easier to buy one on Ebay. You can get one right now.

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Dahum VAMatt (on 03 August 2021)

I will never pay a dime over the asking price. Especially when the money goes to scalpers.

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 04 August 2021)

No. It was easier to be on good terms with my local store. All the work was done for me... And I got it at retail price and as soon as it was available.

Buying on Ebay is why we are in the current situation as people are paying scalpers to create this scarcity in the first place.

In short, people like yourself is the cause of the problem.

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VAMatt Pemalite (on 04 August 2021)

What problem?

Also, is seems like some people don't understand the definition of the word easy.

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 05 August 2021)

Did you not read a thing I said?

Paying/promoting the paying of scalpers, who in turn create this scarcity issue.

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VAMatt Pemalite (on 05 August 2021)

What scarcity issue? All consoles are readily available to anyone willing to pay the market price.

Whether scalping is good or bad is not what this thread is about. I simply stated that the easiest way to get a new console is to buy on Ebay, in response to comment about relative ease of getting a console. That's a stone cold fact. Anybody can get one at any time, without searching, without leaving their house.

Not wanting to pay over MSRP is fine and reasonable (I don't want to do that either). But, it is not relevant to assessing the ease of getting one on Ebay.

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Pemalite VAMatt (on 05 August 2021)

Except they aren't readily available as scalpers are artificially creating scarcity to profit from it.

Ebay doesn't mean something is readily available, it means it's available on that particular platform, not in every store that sells gaming and gaming related paraphernalia.

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