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Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in November, PS5 Outsells Xbox Series X|S

Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in November, PS5 Outsells Xbox Series X|S - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 December 2021 / 3,734 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the UK in November 2021, according to GfK Entertainment. Sales were driven by a record breaking Black Friday due to the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle.

The PlayStation 5 the second best-selling console, followed by the Xbox Series X|S. 

There were 422,138 game consoles sold in the UK during the month of November, which is the four week period ending November 28. 

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GSD data shows that just 4.6 million physical and digital games were sold in the UK in November. This is up five percent when compared to November 2020.

Digital downloads accounted for just over two million of the games sold. This is a drop of 2.5 percent compared to the same month last year. 2.6 million physical games were sold, which is 12 percent higher than last year.

Call of Duty: Vanguard was the best-selling game in November, however, sales were below 2020's Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. 57 percent of the sales were on PlayStation consoles and 43 percent on Xbox consoles. 62 percent of the sales were digital. There was no PC sales available. 

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond debuted in fourth place, while Pokémon Shining Pearl debuted in seventh place. If you combined the sales of the two games it would have been the third best-selling game in November.

Battlefield 2042 debuted in third place with sales well below 2018's Battlefield 5.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Definitive Edition debuted in eighth with 100 percent of the sales being digital. 59 percent of the sales were on PlayStation consoles, 28 percent on Xbox consoles, and 13 percent on the Nintendo Switch.

Here are the software charts:

Position Title
1 Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)
2 FIFA 22 (EA)
3 Battlefield 2042 (EA)
4 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Nintendo)*
5 Football Manager 2022 (Sega)
6 Forza Horizon 5 (Microsoft)
7 Pokémon Shining Pearl (Nintendo)*
8 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Definitive Edition (Rockstar)
9 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
10 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
11 Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)
12 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
13 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
14 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
15 Mario Party Superstars (Nintendo)*
16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
17 Riders Republic (Ubisoft)
18 Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo/Mojang)*
19 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
20 LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Warner Bros)

* Digital data unavailable

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

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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5 Comments
trunkswd (on 15 December 2021)

This report did reveal overall hardware numbers. It did show VGChartz estimates were a tiny bit high for the month. Xbox Series X|S was adjusted down 22,000 for November in the UK, and Switch is down 11,000. PS5 sales remain the same.

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Signalstar (on 15 December 2021)

Interesting results. I can't believe PS captured 60% GTA Remaster share all digital sales.

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scrapking Signalstar (on 15 December 2021)

Perhaps because San Andreas was in Game Pass? Vs. PS Now "only" getting GTA III. San Andreas was probably the most anticipated of the three games, and there are something like 7x more Game Pass subscribers than PS Now subscribers. So likely a higher proportion of Xbox fans A) received and B) were satisfied that way.

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Kakadu18 scrapking (on 15 December 2021)

Or C) enough unsatisfied that they didn't want to get the whole trilogy.

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scrapking Kakadu18 (on 18 December 2021)

Heh, true! More people playing it on Game Pass might have lead to more people passing on it on Xbox!

Trying something before you buy, and discovering it's NOT worth buying, is one of the best reasons to be subscribed to Game Pass!

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