Xbox Series S and X hit 1 million. sales in UK in strong December | UK Monthly Charts

560,000 game consoles were sold in December in the UK, generating almost £ 200 million, GamesIndustry.biz can reveal.

According to GfK’s panel data, it was another massive month for the Nintendo Switch, which saw a 6% increase in console sales during November. November had already been a big month for Nintendo’s machine due to significant Black Friday activity around a new Mario Kart 8: Deluxe bundle.

As a result, the Switch was the No. 1 console in December. Just behind Nintendo were the Xbox Series S and X consoles, which had a 108% increase in month-on-month sales. In fact, it’s the biggest month so far for the Xbox Series X and S, even hitting the launch month in November 2020. The increase was driven by a significant increase in the inventory of the X version of the console.

Over a million Xbox Series consoles have now been sold in the UK since its launch in November 2020, says Gfk.

That means the PS5 slips to third place this month, but it was still a successful sales period for Sony’s platform, which had a 28% increase in sales compared to November. It was the second biggest month for the PS5, and the biggest outside of the launch month.

SONY TOP IN ACCESSORIES AND XBOX GROWS

Nearly 2.1 million accessories (GfK panel data) were sold in December 2021, an increase of 77% compared to November, but a decrease of almost 20% compared to December 2020. December 2020 benefited from the huge number of consoles that had been sold during November (Switch, PS5 and Xbox Series S and X) – this is because there is typically a delay between the sale of hardware and the sale of additional accessories.

Sony continues its dominance of the accessory lists, with DualSense White (No. 1) and DualSense Midnight Black (No. 2) occupying the top two positions. But there was a big jump in sales of the Xbox Wireless Controller (black), reflecting the strong performance of the Xbox Series consoles.

The black Xbox controller was No. 3, followed by the Robot White version of No. 4, and then the Xbox One Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which rounds out the top five.

FIFA DOMINATES SOFTWARE MARKET

In terms of software, the GSD data (which tracks physical and digital sales) show that 6.8 million games were sold during December, which is a decrease of 12% compared to the same period last year (we adjusted slightly weekly comparisons to make the numbers look like. -to similar).

The decline is due to a weaker-than-normal performance of Call of Duty, and last year saw the release of Cyberpunk 2077 on the charts. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Animal Crossing: New Horizons were also bestsellers last December.

3.8 million games were sold in physical retail, a decrease of 12% over the previous year. three million games were sold through download stores, a decrease of 13% year-on-year.

FIFA 22 was the best-selling game on the digital and physical charts, and continues to surpass its predecessor. GTA 5 was the third best-selling game of the month, down about a quarter compared to December 2020, but still a remarkable achievement for an eight-year-old game.

F1 2021 is No. 4. The game would have benefited from considerable attention to the sport in the UK following a controversial and dramatic end to the F1 season. The second big match in December was Just Dance 2022, although sales are behind what Just Dance 2021 managed in the same period the year before.

GSD December 2021 Top 20 Games (Digital + Physical)

Position Title
1 FIFA 22 (EA)
2 Call of Duty: Vanguard (Acivision Blizzard)
3 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
4 F1 2021 (Codemasters)
5 Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)
6 Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
7 Battlefield 2042 (EA)
8 Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo) *
9 Pokémon Brilliant Diamond (Nintendo) *
10 Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)
11 Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (Square Enix)
12 Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition (Mojang / Nintendo)
13 Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
14 Riders Republic (Ubisoft)
15 Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo) *
16 Pokémon Shining Pearl (Nintendo) *
17 Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros.)
18 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
19 LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Warner Bros.)
20 Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Definitive Edition (Rockstar)

* Digital data is not available

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absent along with smaller studios.

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