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PS5 Best-Selling Console in the UK in June, All 3 Consoles Neck-and-Neck

PS5 Best-Selling Console in the UK in June, All 3 Consoles Neck-and-Neck - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 July 2022 / 2,875 Views

The head of GamesIndustry Christopher Dring via Twitter announced the PlayStation 5 was the best-selling platform in the UK in June 2022, while the Xbox Series X|S came in second place, and the Nintendo Switch in third-place. 

Sales for the three consoles were neck-and-neck in June. PS5 sales were up two percent compared to May, Xbox Series X|S sales were up 31 percent, and Switch sales were up 24 percent.

Overall, all consoles are down year-on-year, however, sales have increased in recent months.

For 2022 year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console in the UK, while the Xbox Series X|S is second, and PlayStation 5 is third.

"June was a solid month for console sales in the UK. Switch sales up 24%, PS5 sales up 2%, Xbox Series sales up 31%," said Dring. "Overall, all console are down year-on-year, but things are picking up on a monthly basis."


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 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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44 Comments
DonFerrari (on 06 July 2022)

So a little more stock send than competitors, ok.

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wrong, there's plenty xbox stock in the UK, in fact there's more xbox stock than ps5 stock, I can go at any time or day and buy a series X on amazon UK. I've been checking for the past 2 months. I have never seen a ps5 for sale, which means the ps5 would have sold a lot more if there was stock, but xbox wouldn't sell more.
The same applies back in my country Portugal, I can go at any day and any time and buy one in worten online. Never seen a ps5 for sale anywhere in Portugal either.
If the ps5 sells out in seconds, I can only imagine the real numbers if there was plenty stock, it would sell double, could have sold over 30 million by now

EDIT - the xbox stock might be just for prime members, not sure. But a month membership is cheap.

EDIT 2 - I just checked with my friend who doesn't have a prime account, the series X is available retail price on amazon for everyone, no one is buying them.

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Pemalite victor83fernandes (on 07 July 2022)

The Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 are equally as hard to get. (I have both.)

The Xbox Series S however tends to be available in higher quantities and pre-orders across the globe...


And this is basic logistics and manufacturing at play here, the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 use large, expensive and difficult to manufacture chipsets in comparison to the little Xbox Series S.

The Switch is on a higher volume (Extremely mature) and less congested fabrication process.

But... Even the Switch and Xbox Series S are suffering some component availability bottlenecks to build these systems.

There is manufacturing issues the world-over, which will keep occurring for a few more years yet.

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Actually in the UK it's a lot easier to get a Series X than a PS5. For the last few days I could go on Amazon and order one.

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Actually here in the UK the series X has been available every day for the past 6 weeks at least on amazon. I have never seen any ps5 anywhere, only in second hand classifieds at ridiculous prices. Its just just a lot easier, the ps5 is next to impossible. There is plenty stock for series X and I doubt it will ever be out of stock again, as most xbox fans already got one.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 11 July 2022)

I doubt that the majority of Xbox fans have already got one. Not when the Xbox One consoles sold about 45 million, and the Xbox Series consoles have only sold about 15 million. And not when I regularly run into people on Xbox Live who're still playing on Xbox Ones (perhaps because they haven't been able to find their preferred Xbox Series console, perhaps because they haven't chosen to afford a new console yet, or perhaps because they're waiting for a current-gen exclusive that's worth upgrading for).

I bet the Xbox One consoles sold more to the Xbox hardcore than to the general public, and since the Xbox One consoles sold about 3x more than the Xbox Series consoles I suspect my anecdotal experience is borne out by the numbers.

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 14 July 2022)

Sure a lot of fans haven't bought one yet. But first he is talking UK only and second even X1 selling 45M LTD if there was 45M available at launch it wouldn't have sold that much. Sales curve is a thing that exist both in consideration of timing, games available and price.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 16 July 2022)

For sure. My suggestion is that the unusually strong demand for Xbox this gen (the strongest start of any Xbox generation to date), the unusually long supply chain issues, and the unusually high level of cross-gen titles, has nonetheless depressed the rate at which even the hardcore have upgraded this cycle. So I don't think it's an accurate statement to say that even a majority of the hardcore, not even in the UK, have likely upgraded yet.

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kazuyamishima Pemalite (on 07 July 2022)

There are not shortages of Xbox Series X nor Nintendo Switch in the UK atm, and that’s has been the trend for the last weeks.

Right now you can get Nintendo Switch OLED and Xbox Series X through Amazon UK, GAME and many other retailers, the same can’t be said about PS5.

Whilst in Australia the stock of Xbox Series X is a little bit different, there have been quite some batches this year that last a couple of days.

But the batches of PS5 only last a couple of hours.

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ChiVVITZ Pemalite (on 07 July 2022)

Xbox series X has been in stock here in Australia for almost a month now, no issue at all

https://www.gamesmen.com.au/xbox-series-x-with-extra-xbox-robot-white-wireless-controller-bundle

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Pemalite ChiVVITZ (on 08 July 2022)

It's been dropping in and out of availability for some time.

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victor83fernandes Pemalite (on 08 July 2022)

Never been out of availability both in UK or Portugal for the past 6 weeks

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 11 July 2022)

I don't doubt that the Xbox Series X is easier to get at regular retail than a PS5. But there's more to the global market than where I live, or where you live. It's a global market.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 16 July 2022)

Easier? That's the difference of available for the past 6 weeks 24/7 any time, to ps5 nowhere to be seen anywhere. That's a much bigger difference than just easier, one is super easy to get, the other one is next to impossible.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 16 July 2022)

I can only again point out to you that almost no one is disputing that point. I am not disputing that point, yet you keep saying it as if I were.

Your original assertion was that no one was buying Xboxes. Now you're suggesting that both have pent-up demand, but that the pent-up demand is greater for the PS5. You're refusing to acknowledge that your original comment was false, despite the fact that you've significantly moved the goalposts.

All the while insulting me and saying I'm the one that doesn't understand.

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kazuyamishima Pemalite (on 10 July 2022)

Xbox Series X has been in stock at Target australia and Costco for the last couple of weeks.

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ClassicGamingWizzz Pemalite (on 07 July 2022)

Sure ... Sure , equally... Yea sure

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 11 July 2022)

You had me until "no one is buying them". Up until then your comment was informative, after that it became fanboy-ish. The Xbox Series X|S are the fastest-selling Xboxes yet. They don't have to outsell or the Switch the PS5 to be a huge success.

Also there's a big world outside of the UK and Portugal. Most days I can't buy an Xbox Series X in Canada for example, and even getting an Xbox Series S can require a bit of hunting around some days. So it'll vary from country to country, as it's a global market.

The Xbox Series consoles are off to the strongest start for any generation of Xbox yet, and I for one am happy to have all three achieving success.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 12 July 2022)

You missed my point completely, some people here saying there's no stock, they can't buy it, I say people do not want it as much as you think, because there is plenty available and it never goes out of stock.
Also amazon UK ships to whole Europe. And you'd think Microsoft would allocate consoles for the markets that needs them if that's the case.
You can get an xbox series easily in Canada, just order one and when there's stock they will send you, won't be more than a couple weeks. Unlike the ps5 that you can be waiting for a very long time. So obviously my point is that there is way more desire for the ps5, there's just no stock or else the ps5 would have sold close to double the xbox.
It doesn't matter if this xbox is the fastest seller, if it can't sell close to both competitors.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 12 July 2022)

I had already understood everything you added in an attempt to clarify, so you are incorrect when you say I hadn't understood you.

I indicated that I was agreeing with your observations, and appreciating your on-the-ground perspective in Portugal and your tracking of Amazon UK.

Until you said "no one is buying them", that is. That's factually inaccurate at best, and fanboyism at worst. Nothing in your clarification text suggests otherwise to me.

As for getting one in Canada, I said my experience is that most days I can't buy one, which is true. Your retort is most days I could pre-order one, but that's not the same thing.

Your obsession with arguing that the PS5's lead over the Xbox would be larger if PS5 stock had been better is confusing to me when I am not disagreeing with you. Maybe you intended to make those comments to someone else?

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 12 July 2022)

Well if you say there is no stock, and then I see it available for a full 6 weeks no break, and then how can people be buying them? You make no sense.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 12 July 2022)

I didn't say there was no stock. I said most days I can't buy one. That means there are some days where I can buy one, if I tried hard enough. And you're false equating a purchase with a pre-order. So I would say what I say makes perfect sense, and what you say here is therefore incorrect.

I would also note that you have replied to only a small proportion of the points I made. I'll take you as having ceded all the other points, unless and until you elect to reply to them.

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 14 July 2022)

Seems like both understand one another (and even mostly agree) but are stuck in semantics over the exageration/oversimplification.

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It sounds like you are actually the other user, with a second account. Its so obvious.

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I have been in vgc for over a decade and no alt, the only time I created one was to send a moderator because the e-mail wasn't working.
And if you look at my discussions with scrapking you'll see that we have disagreed a lot, even more because he is from Xbox fanbase and myself from PS.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 16 July 2022)

The suggestion that you and I are the same person (let alone that "Its so obvious") is pretty amusing given all the times you and I have disagreed on things. :)

I agree with your assessment that @victor83fernandes and I largely agree on this one, and that I initially only took issue with the "no one is buying them" suggestion, which seems like a silly assertion in the face of the Series X|S having the strongest start to any Xbox generation yet.

Since then I've additionally taken issue with his claim that I didn't understand him at all, because I think I understood him perfectly (and his attempt at clarifications confirmed that in my mind).

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 18 July 2022)

Yep and I think the two points you are on the right anyway.

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Why are you guys fanbased? Do you even like video games? You should like all consoles all videogames. I personally have a powerful PC, ps5, switch and Arcade machine, why would I deprive myself of good videogames?

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 16 July 2022)

I know people who love certain brands of cars. Certain brands of food. Tribalism is a natural part of the human condition. I have my preferences, as everyone does. But I do try to avoid them affecting my impartiality.

FWIW, I didn't hear much impartiality in your "no one is buying them" comment about Xbox, or other comments you've made that came off as 'pro' or 'anti' different games/systems over the years.

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Because Playstation have the games I like and probably Xbox have the games scrapking likes. I don't but Xbox not because of hate but because the exclusives on it aren't the type/genre of games I prefer but sure there is value in it existing so people with different taste can enjoy it.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 19 July 2022)

That, and competition makes everyone better. Sony makes Microsoft better, and Microsoft makes Sony better. They seem to be at their best when they're relatively close in overall popularity, as they were in the PS360 era.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 14 July 2022)

So you are saying that xbox gamers cant really wait a couple days to buy one? Therefore they just do not buy it altogether? Do you even know how ps gamers wish they could find a ps5 in 2 or 3 days?

Here in Europe any one can get a series X right now, within 1 minute. You'd be lucky to find a ps5 within 1 month, and for that you'd need to go out of your way, search around or be on a long list. PS5 is just far more desirable, and that's understandable as ps5 keeps getting great exclusives such as Horizon forbidden west, GT7, ghost of tsushima, ratchet, death stranding, spiderman, God of war, demon souls and many more.

I only responded to a small portion of the comment as I don't read them fully, start making some sense from the beginning to keep me hooked or else Ill just skip it.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 16 July 2022)

I'm just saying you should say what you mean, and mean what you say. I strive for that in all my communication. Despite having my personal preferences, I also try to avoid fanboyism in everything I say.

I didn't say no one could get an Xbox. In fact, I explicitly said you could, just not any day of the week, walk into any store and buy one off the shelf, etc. So despite the PS5 being in even stronger demand, there's still some pent-up demand out there for Xbox, especially for the Series X.

And you've also moved the goalposts. You've gone from saying that "no one is buying" Xboxes, to saying you can pre-order one and get it a few days later.

It was objectively incorrect of you to say no one is buying Xboxes, and IMO a silly thing to say when this generation of Xbox is off to the strongest start ever. That was my point. I agreed with you that the PS5 wasn't in even stronger demand still, so I'm not sure what your concern is.

You ending your comment with an insult says it all about the level of discourse that you're currently offering, unfortunately.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 16 July 2022)

Where did I say you can pre order one and get a few days later? I was assuming for the USA, as I don't live there I have no idea of the stock, here in Europe you can buy one in 1 minute and have it delivered to your home the very next day. And that's any day of the week, any time. The ps5 you'd need to be on a list, there's no chance to even get one, even if you search on amazon they don't even show the console in there.
It sounds to me you just cant accept that ps5 is a much much more desirable console by far. That the only reason the sales are close is the lack of tock of the PS5 and that the xbox wouldn't sell more than what it is selling because anyone can just get one easily.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 16 July 2022)

FWIW, I think it's unfair to reply to a comment without fully reading it. If a comment doesn't grab me enough to read it fully, then I won't reply at all. Because if I did read the entire comment before replying, it would probably make a heck of a lot more sense.

I certainly think it's wildly inappropriate to insult someone's comment as making no sense, if you didn't even read the whole thing. That's completely unfair, IMO.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 16 July 2022)

I skipped your comment when I saw FWIW, sorry I do not speak in code and I do not understand alien language. Start speaking in proper English and then I'll respond.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 16 July 2022)

For your interest, "FWIW" = "for what it's worth".

Please re-read my comment. I did NOT suggest it was wrong of you to fail to fully read my comment. I don't fully read every comment here either.

However, if I don't fully read it, I do NOT reply. That's where you got it wrong, IMO.

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victor83fernandes scrapking (on 17 July 2022)

I dont really care what you do or do not do.

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scrapking victor83fernandes (on 19 July 2022)

You cared enough to reply to me. Many, many times. So that doesn't track.

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 14 July 2022)

Well ignoring favoritism and market centric comparison seems like Xbox is closer to have a balance on their demand/output than Playstation.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 16 July 2022)

Oh, that's totally true. It's easier to get an Xbox than a PS5. I didn't suggest Xbox demand was equal to PlayStation this gen. It's not. I only took issue with objectively false statements such as "no one is buying them", the constantly moving goalposts, the unnecessary insults, etc.

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 18 July 2022)

The important point is that at least at this point in its lifecycle Series is doing much better, with much better demand and public image than X1. And I do believe MS will be able to keep it until the end of the gen.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 19 July 2022)

Yeah, Microsoft is well positioned this gen with the least expensive console (Series S) and the most powerful console overall (Series X, though it's admittedly a slim lead in overall power over PS5). Being physically smaller than the PS5 helps, and Game Pass helps. All that probably won't be enough for Xbox to pull ahead, but it should be enough to keep Xbox competitive, and certainly should be enough for them to at least enjoy significantly more success than the Xbox One had. The terrible communication around the Xbox One launch, and the Xbox One and One S being less powerful than the PS4, really hurt the Xbox brand last gen.

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Blood_Tears (on 06 July 2022)

3 months in a row for PS5 now.

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