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Hardware Sales Fall 47% in Europe in April 2024, Fallout Dominates Software Charts

Hardware Sales Fall 47% in Europe in April 2024, Fallout Dominates Software Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 May 2024 / 3,414 Views

The Fallout franchise saw a big boost in sales on the Europe charts for April 2024 following the success of the Amazon Prime TV series, according to GSD data reported by GamesIndustry.

Fallout 4 was comfortably the best-selling game for the month. Fallout 76 came in seventh place, Fallout: New Vegas came in 10th place, and Fallout 3 in 14th place.

EA Sports FC24 was the second best-selling game of the month with sales narrowly ahead of Helldivers 2, which took third place.

There were two Rockstar games in the top 10 with Grand Theft Auto V up two spots fourth place, while Red Dead Redemption 2 re-entered the top 10 in fifth place.

When it comes to new releases - Stellar Blade debuted in ninth place, TopSpin 2K25 debuted in 12th place and No Rest For The Wicked debuted in 13th place.

There were 10.5 million video games sold in Europe in April, which is down 6.2 percent year-on-year.

It was a weak month for hardware sales with total sales down 47 percent year-on-year. Though, it should be noted UK, Germany, and some smaller Europe markets are missing in the hardware figures.

All three console sales are "down substantially" compared with a year ago.

Just over one million accessories and other add-on products were sold, which is down 17 percent compared to a year ago. The PS5 DualSense Controller was the best-selling accessory with sales up 0.8 percent compared to March 2024.

Top 10 Games in Europe in April 2024, according to GSD (Digital + Physical):

Position Title
1 Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
2 EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
3 Helldivers 2 (Sony)
4 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
5 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
6 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
7 Fallout 76 (Bethesda)
8 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
9 Stellar Blade (Sony)
10 Fallout: New Vegas (Bethesda)

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, Tencent, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Games are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

Digital data includes games sold in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

Physical data includes all games, but only those sold in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Console hardware sales cover Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Accessories sales cover the same markets, but doesn't include Switzerland.


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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16 Comments
siebensus4 (on 15 May 2024)

High costs for food and electricity (~30% increase) should be the main reasons why people buy less games and consoles in Europe.

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CourageTCD siebensus4 (on 15 May 2024)

Has this been happening for a while or is it recent?

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Manlytears CourageTCD (on 15 May 2024)

Well, there are all the problems of war, economic recession, dependence on Russian gas, USA extorting Europe by exporting gas at absurd price and alot of other shit like Brexit...
So yes, it is a delicate time.

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European sales have been soft for about 18 months.

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bamf (6 days ago)

Fallout 4 game was always a bogus game when buying a bundle of games. The resale value was never worth listing on ebay as you'd get pence after fees and shipping. Now the game is on ebay for 4 times the amount at the cheapest price. Amazing what a TV series can do to a game that no one wanted to buy beforehand

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Random_Matt (on 15 May 2024)

A) Cost of living.
B) This gen sucks.

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Mars2001 (on 15 May 2024)

Ok!Switch best ever console of all time in a few months but ps5 already low numbers.The end of ps5 lifecycle.Like ps3 lifetime sales.New hardware next 2 years.

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the-pi-guy Mars2001 (on 15 May 2024)

uh huh

"Lots of chatter on PS5 sales today... in the US through each platform's 41st month in market (March 2024 for PS5), PS5 unit sales are trending 7% ahead of PS4, and 66% ahead of PS3."

PS5 is still doing very well. That's despite a higher price tag and fewer games.

You've been making this prediction for a couple years now, and it just gets more absurd. The PS5 has continued to trend approximately where the PS4 was trending, far ahead of the PS3 trend.

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Shtinamin_ Mars2001 (on 15 May 2024)

The PS5 may be having a downward slip in sales, but it is not the end of the PS5. It still has a ways to go, until the PS6 in 2027/2028.

The Switch will become #1 and will stay up for a long time.

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You responded to someone who claimed that a console is ending because of this % reduction of all hardware in Europe. "the PS5 may have a downward slip in sales" suggests something abnormal is happening, because it replied to "but ps5 already low numbers". -Already- being the key word, because it ignores the time and what just happened (one of the best quarters for a console ever). What's happened is what happens - peak then reduction. All I'm saying is your initial verbiage eluded the point you were going for.

Xbox is currently dealing with an abnormal descent, suggesting IT is nearing the end of its life, for example. This isn't the same as what's happening to the PS5.

As far as Switch goes, like the PS5, it is a device that's performing, and performed, incredibly well.

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Yep, I also saw that it was a special month since everything fell a bit drastically.

But still the facts are there.
The signs for decline are there for all three systems, some have steeper decline than others.

I was upholding my view, and backing it up. Which even matched what you are saying right above.


Why was my comment deleted?

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Can't speak on a delete, as mine was too.

Regardless, it's simple — only one of the three is in a notable departure from a norm (the original point of contention, which I know wasn't your fault, but the point of mine you were missing). If we've reached common ground though, it works for me and we can leave it at that!

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CGI-Quality Mars2001 (on 16 May 2024)

User is banned from the article for low effort, inflammatory posts.

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bamf Mars2001 (6 days ago)

Switch best selling in a few months. Its over 10 million off so will take longer than just a few months. Plus will the sale of switch decline rapidly since the knowledge of Nintendo announcing a successor soon?
You say Console whereas I class the switch as a handheld device. Its really a successor to the 3ds than a Nintendo home Console. It's why they went with the switch lite because its used as a handheld device.
There's never going to be new playstation hardware in 2 years unless you're talking about a pro in less than 2 years. The console is selling well with Sony financial news coming out showing the ps5 is now at 59.2 million ending 2023 fiscal year in April. The helldivers 2 selling 12 units in 12 weeks making it sony fasting selling 1st party game ever. So by this time next year the ps5 would have reached or very close behind ps3 lifetimes sales. And will have still a few years left in ps5 life cycle. So hardly a decline and low numbers. Just you talking out of your a**e

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