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PS5 #1 Console in the UK in April As Sales Drop 35%, Zelda OLED Boosts Switch

PS5 #1 Console in the UK in April As Sales Drop 35%, Zelda OLED Boosts Switch - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 10 May 2023 / 5,725 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the UK in April 2023, according to GfK Entertainment and reported by GamesIndustry. PS5 sales were down 35 percent compared to March and up 15 percent year-on-year.

The Nintendo Switch was the second best-selling console in April as sales saw a boost due to the release of the new Zelda edition console, which accounted for 29 percent of all Switch sales. Switch sales are up 26 percent month-on-month and up 30 percent compared to April 2022.

The Xbox Series X|S was the third best-selling console with sales down 32 percent compared to March and up eight percent year-on-year.

There were over 111,000 video game consoles sold in the UK in March (GfK panel data, not upweighted). This is down 20 percent month-on-month and up 20 percent year-on-year.

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

GSD data shows that 2.2 million physical and digital games were sold in the UK in April, which is down eight percent year-on-year. 

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was easily the best-selling game in April in the UK with launch sales up 31 percent compared to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Digital sales accounted for 66 percent of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor sales, while it was 36 percent for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Dead Island 2 debuted in second place. It should be noted data doesn't go back far enough in this chart to compared to the original, which released in 2011.

There were 487,000 accessories and add-on products sold in the UK in April, which is down 21 percent month-on-month and down six percent year-on-year. The PS5 White DualSense controller was the best-selling accessory.

Here are the software (digital + physical) charts:

Position Title
1 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (EA)
2 Dead Island 2 (Deep Silver)
3 FIFA 23 (EA)
4 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
5 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
7 Resident Evil 4 Remake (Capcom)
8 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
9 WWE 2K23 (2K Games)
10 NBA 2K23 (2K Games)

* 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, Kepler, 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.

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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UnderwaterFunktown (on 10 May 2023)

Daym Switch being up 30 % YoY in its 7th year ain't too shabby at all. Could very well be up next month as well.

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INCITATUSBR (on 10 May 2023)

Any idea how many copies of Zelda TOTK have already been pre-sold worldwide?

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Kakadu18 INCITATUSBR (on 10 May 2023)

All of them.

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Norion (on 10 May 2023)

Seems the PS5 will return to a normal level of sales now after being explosive for a couple months.

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aTokenYeti Norion (on 11 May 2023)

I think the final backlog of enthusiasts that had been waiting to get a next gen console for MSRP finally got theirs.

I expect sales to tick back up the next first party release but I expect a return to a normal console life cycle sales pace

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Norion aTokenYeti (on 11 May 2023)

Seems so. I thought it'd take till summer for it to calm down but all the people who had been waiting got theirs quick it seems.

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CGI-Quality Norion (on 12 May 2023)

There really isn't a "normal" for PS5 yet. It was never going to stay THAT high because it was an extreme situation to begin with.

With Final Fantasy is coming in a little over a month, it's going to die down for a bit and then shoot up again in a few weeks.

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Norion CGI-Quality (on 13 May 2023)

I don't see FF16 making it shoot up that much but its June should be better than its May for sure.

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CGI-Quality Norion (on 13 May 2023)

Final Fantasy will absolutely make it shoot up! Perhaps not to this level, but that doesn't matter. It will be up for a good couple of weeks, thanks to the bundles and exclusivity. Then, Spider-Man will be even bigger.

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Norion CGI-Quality (on 13 May 2023)

I know it'll cause an increase, I meant I don't see it being that significant though Spider-Man 2 will be pretty significant for sure. The PS5's first holiday season without stock issues will be very big in part due to that.

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CGI-Quality Norion (on 13 May 2023)

It's one of the premiere exclusive titles on the platform and the first next gen only Final Fantasy. Significant it will be.

Spider-Man will simply be MUCH bigger!

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scrapking (on 10 May 2023)

Dang, digital sales between the two games moving from 36% to 66%? Get ready for more digital-only console options.

Which is fine with me, honestly, I've been digital-only since late in the PS360-era. I've got bigger things to worry about than ownership rights to digital media, honestly, so convenience trumps for me. But I know some people aren't stoked about it.

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Slownenberg scrapking (on 11 May 2023)

Agreed digital >>>> physical. I have probably ~8 physical Switch games and ~45 digital. Only reason I buy physical is if there is a sale on a first party game at a store or occasionally if the game size is just really big and I don't want it taking up so much of my memory card. Physical makes sense if you plan on selling games after you play through them, but I don't really care about that so there is very little reason to ever go physical.

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anonymunchy Slownenberg (on 11 May 2023)

Agreed, I only have Breath of the Wild, 3D All Stars and Ring Fit as physical, the rest of the 100+ games are digital. Coming from years of using Steam, I can't really see myself going back to physical media.

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scrapking anonymunchy (on 11 May 2023)

Yeah, can you imagine buying a PC game in a box and typing in a CD key like the old days? :P

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