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Consoles Sales Fall in the UK in January, FC 24 and The Last of Us Part 2 Perform Well

Consoles Sales Fall in the UK in January, FC 24 and The Last of Us Part 2 Perform Well - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 08 February 2024 / 4,512 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the UK in January 2024, according to GfK Entertainment and reported by GamesIndustry

The Nintendo Switch was the second best-selling console, while the Xbox Series X|S was the third best-selling console.

Sales for all three consoles fell year-on-year with the PlayStation 5 down 17 percent, the Nintendo Switch down 31 percent, and the Xbox Series X|S down seven percent.

Overall, there were nearly 111,000 video game consoles sold (panel data) in the UK in January 2024. This is down 19 percent compared to January 2023.

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GSD data shows there were 2.47 million games sold in January 2024, which is down three percent year-on-year.

EA Sports FC 24 was the best-selling game for the month with sales higher than FIFA 23 were a year ago.

The Last of Us Part 2 Remastered debuted in second place with sales benefiting from the £10 upgrade offer, which let PS4 owners upgrade to the PS5 version of the game for just £10. The first two week of sales for the game were two and a half times higher than The Last of Us Part 1, which released in September 2022.

Tekken 8 debuted in seventh place with launch sales over a third higher than Street Fighter 6. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown debuted in 15th place and Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth debuted in 23rd place.

There were 687,000 accessories and add-on products sold in the UK in January, which is up nearly 10 percent compared to last year. Xbox and PlayStation controllers led the market.

Here are the top 10 best-selling games in the UK in January 2024 (Digital + Physical):

Position Title
1 EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
2 The Last of Us Part 2: Remastered (Sony)
3 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
4 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
5 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
6 Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar)
7 Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco)
8 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
9 Super Mario Bros Wonder (Nintendo)*
10 Spider-Man 2 (Sony)

*Digital data unavailable

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via PC digital stores, 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, Tencent, 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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19 Comments
Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Jan 2024 UK Estimates

PS5: 48,140 (-17% from 58k)
XBOX Series: 28,130 (-7% from 29k)
Switch: 26,220 (-31% from 38k)

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

76,000 home consoles, 26,000 portables, the home consoles outsold portables 3:1, kind of goes against the narrative that somehow we all want low powered overpriced portables eh?

3 to 1. Even the Xbox outsold the Switch. Would be nice to have Nintendo back in the home console market. They are missing out on the largest market for them. I'm hopeful that if Microsoft leaves the market, Nintendo might move back in one day with Xbox games on their console.

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Shtinamin_ Garrus (on 08 February 2024)

Microsoft owned game companies will most likely produce games for all consoles, handhelds, and PC.

The Switch is a HYBRID console. In its 7th year, almost entering it's 8th year. That's very impressive.
I only know of 2 consoles that can sell near what Switch has done it's 7th year. The PS2 and the PS4.

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Here's a question that will make it clear to you. Is the Retroid Pocket 4 for $150 USD a portable ? It almost has Switch 2 specs already. Video out.

Search google for "Retroid Pocket 4" and what do you think? A portable or a home console.

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Shtinamin_ Garrus (on 08 February 2024)

If it can be played on a TV, or monitor, then yes it is a Hybrid. If the Retroid Rocket 4 cannot then the Rocket 4 is a handheld

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Super Gameboy let me play my Game Boy games on TV. Nintendo did it 30 years ago.

Game Boy Player let me play Game Boy Advance games on my TV 21 years ago.

You could not hook up the DS/3DS because you wouldn't be able to play the games on TV anyways because of the touch screen and dual screen being required.

All Nintendo did with the Switch is bring back the old functionality they had when I was a kid. I've played almost every Gameboy/Advance game, and barely any DS and 3DS games for that reason, they were painful to use. I'd argue one big reason the Switch is successful is that Nintendo finally abandoned gimmicks and just built a good system that used standard controls and a standard screen aspect ratio.

I switched over to using the PSP because the PSP had built in video out. I never liked the Playstation 1-4 because the controllers caused me a lot of pain (the PS5 controller is the FIRST time Sony made a decent controller, but they should give you an option to have the control sticks offset for superior ergonomics), but Nintendo + Xbox controllers are fine, so I switched to the Xbox.

Again, so the PSP is a hybrid huh? It has a built in video out port, it is even EASIER to connect to a TV than the Switch is.

Every time I talk about this stuff an army of people that bought the Nintendo marketing attack me but it is the plain truth that I've been connecting my portables to TVs with OFFICIAL products from Nintendo and Sony for 30 years.

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Shtinamin_ Garrus (on 09 February 2024)

Valid reasoning. What has Nintendo classified it’s GameBoy as? It’s GameBoy Advance?
What has Sony classified their PSP as?
What did Nintendo classify their Switch as?
Both companies know what they are doing and know how they want to do it.

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 09 February 2024)

anyways I am just trying to share my point of view because I love Nintendo and I'd love a another home console from them, and I feel like the home console fans abandoned Nintendo and somehow I'm fighting the 3DS fans now

somehow I didn't exist for the last 30 years, I guess because I was the only one playing all the portable games on the TV with those adapters :)

hope you love playing Nintendo, this year Switch 2 should be a banger!

cheers

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Shtinamin_ Garrus (on 09 February 2024)

Garrus, I’m sorry for attacking your love for such a wonderful console. I had a rather rough day yesterday.

I hope you have an excellent day today!

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hellobion2 (on 09 February 2024)

not surprised by the soccer game but surprised by the reduction in console sales

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Zyphe (on 08 February 2024)

I told you, PS5 sales are all going to be downhill from here on. Its peak year was 2023. Facts.

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Panicradio Zyphe (on 08 February 2024)

You really think?

Hm, I think the PS5's peak is still going to be the 12 months forward from the first officially announced price drop.

Dependend on how much of a price reduction it's going to be, I can picture the PS5 selling more than 25m in one of the years left until PS6.

Just imagine: GTA6 with a 399 PS5. Or maybe even 349?

And here I still don't count in the Wolverine game, something from ND, Santa Monica, Death Stranding 2, I can even imagine a PS5-only GT8 is gonna happen. Besides other 1st and 3rd still being worked on.

The older a console gets, the bigger the software catalogue. Combined with a cheaper price tag.

2023 was huge for the PS5, but I don't think first 2024 UK numbers (no disrespect) are a good extrapolation on PS5's global hardware potential.

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Shtinamin_ Panicradio (on 08 February 2024)

The rumor is that PS5 receives a $50 price drop once the Pro releases.
PS5: $449.99
PS5 Digital: $349.99
PS5 Slim: $449.99
PS5 Slim Digital: $399.99
PS5 Pro: $549.99

Still just rumors.

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Panicradio Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

Yeah.

I mean, and there will arguably be even a second price drop in the very last stage of its lifecycle.

But yes, I think even a 399/449 PS5 is a pretty good accelerator for a substantial jump in sales down the road.

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Garrus Shtinamin_ (on 08 February 2024)

there is no cheap ps5 digital, it was discontinued, ps5 starts at $450 now not $400

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Garrus Panicradio (on 08 February 2024)

yeah i expect 2024/2025 to be the peak, we haven't received a price drop, we haven't got the pro yet, and we haven't got a real slim model yet

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Garrus Panicradio (on 08 February 2024)

also if Xbox would release their controller but compatible with the PS5 that would help a lot, I'd buy a PS5 if I could use an Xbox controller with it when I play those Xbox games on it

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