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Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in November, Xbox Series X|S in 2nd, and PS5 in 3rd

Switch Best-Selling Console in the UK in November, Xbox Series X|S in 2nd, and PS5 in 3rd - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 06 December 2022 / 4,536 Views

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the UK in November, according to GfK Entertainment and reported by GamesIndustry. This is after many months in third place. Sales for the console were 175 percent month-on-month.

The Xbox Series X|S came in second place with sales not too far behind the Switch. Sales for the Xbox Series X|S consoles were up 105 percent month-on-month driven by a £60 price discount during Black Friday. 

The PlayStation 5 came in third place with sales up 71 percent month-on-month. This was driven by the release of God of War: Ragnarök as the bundle including the game accounted for 38 percent of all PS5's sold during November.

There were just under 372,000 video game consoles sold in the UK in November, which is up 113 percent compared to October. However, sales were down compared to November 2021.

So far for 2022 there is just 20,000 units separating the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch with the PlayStation 5 barely ahead in first place. 

PS5 Has Outsold the Xbox Series X|S in the UK in 2022, Switch Remains Number One

GSD data shows that just over 4.3 million physical and digital games were sold in the UK in November, which is down 7.3 percent year-on-year. The main reason for the drop is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II released in October, while last year Call of Duty: Vanguard released in November.

1.82 million of the games sold were digital, which is down 10 percent compared to last year. This compared to 2.5 million physical games sold, which is down four percent year-on-year.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II remained as in first place on the software charts by a "big margin."

God of War: Ragnarök debuted in second and after three weeks sales are tracking 44 percent higher than God of War (2018).

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet would have debuted in third place if both versions of the game and the double pack were all counted as a single SKU. It should be noted Nintendo published games do not include digital sales. It is possible it would have been in second if digital sales were included. It is the second biggest launch for a Pokémon game in UK history, behind Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Here are the software (digital + physical) charts:

Position Title
1 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
2 God of War Ragnarok (Sony)
3 FIFA 23 (EA)
4 Pokémon Violet* (Nintendo)
5 Pokémon Scarlet* (Nintendo)
6 Football Manager 2023 (Sega)
7 Sonic Frontiers (Sega)
8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*
9 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
10 LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)
11 Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*
12 Gotham Knights (Warner Bros)
13 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
14 Horizon: Forbidden West (Sony)
15 The Last of Us: Part 2 (Sony)
16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)*
17 NBA 2K23 (2K Games)
18 LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Warner Bros)
19 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition* (Nintendo/Mojang)
20 Splatoon 3* (Nintendo)

* Digital data unavailable

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Major participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Sabre Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvellous Games, Microids, Microsoft (including Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games 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 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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8 Comments
shikamaru317 (on 06 December 2022)

Dring says that the gap between all 3 for bestselling console in 2022 is just 20k consoles heading into December. It's anyone's game right now, will Sony drop a big restock for December? Can the 60 pounds off Series S deal coupled with a big Series X restock push Xbox into the lead? Or will Switch manage the win for the year as they usually win in December thanks to good stock and people Christmas shopping for under the tree presents? Tune in next month to find out.

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Qwark shikamaru317 (on 07 December 2022)

I would say Switch 1st, Xbox second and PS5 third. Pokémon is just too strong and Sony will focus on Asia and USA.

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UnderwaterFunktown (on 06 December 2022)

Rough for the PS5, hopefully that promised stock shows up eventually somewhere. Interesting that the consoles are so neck and neck for the year. With December being the only month that could mean the Switch might end up in 1st (even) in the UK.

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trunkswd UnderwaterFunktown (on 06 December 2022)

I am really surprised about the PS5 with the 3.2M stockpile at the end of September.

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aTokenYeti (on 06 December 2022)

I expect similar results in the US

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nintendocentral aTokenYeti (on 06 December 2022)

I expect the Xbox Series to overtake the PS5 as the second bestselling console of 2022 in the US considering its current sales rate.

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DeEscapist aTokenYeti (on 06 December 2022)

Series was actually among top5 most searched product during black friday...

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y2jarmyofficial (on 06 December 2022)

Not bad for Xbox series and with no exclusive big exclusives.

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