May 29, 2023

It was a tricky April for the UK PC and console video games market, with gross sales down on video games and {hardware}.

Just below 111,000 consoles had been bought within the UK in the course of the month (GfK figures), which is 20% down over March. Nevertheless, the figures are 20% up over April final yr.

PS5 was the No.1 console of the month as soon as once more, adopted by Nintendo Change after which Xbox Collection S and X.

PS5 gross sales fell 35% over March, however is up 15% in contrast with April final yr. Meawhile, Xbox Collection S and X gross sales are down 32% over March, however up 8% over the identical interval the yr earlier than.

Nevertheless, the large winner of the month was the Nintendo Change, which was up 26% over March and 30% up over April 2022. This was principally because of the new Zelda version of the console, which was launched proper on the finish of the month (and two weeks earlier than the sport), however it nonetheless managed to account for 29% of all Change consoles bought final month.

When it comes to video video games, 2.2 million PC and console titles had been bought throughout the UK final month, a drop of 8% over April final yr (GSD knowledge).

That is based mostly on all bodily sport gross sales, plus digital gross sales from most main AAA publishers (the total record is under, Nintendo is the notable absentee).

The very best-selling sport was comfortably Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, which shot to No.1 after only a week on sale. It is a robust begin, with launch gross sales up 31% over its 2019 predecessor: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Fallen Order’s digital gross sales accounted for 36% of its complete gross sales, whereas Survivor’s digital gross sales accounted for 66% — one other clear indicator on how digital has accelerated from pre-pandemic to post-pandemic.

Useless Island 2 makes No.2 with a robust launch, though the information does not go far sufficient again to check to the unique, which got here out in 2011.

Nevertheless, these two large releases could not match the launch gross sales of final yr’s large April launch: LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

Lastly, just below 487,000 equipment and add-on merchandise had been bought within the UK final month (GfK knowledge), which is down 21% over March and 6% down over April 2022.

After a month away from the highest spot, the PS5 White DualSense controller retakes No.1, whereas final month’s high vendor, the Xbox Wi-fi Controller Carbon Black, drops to No.3.

UK GSD April 2023 Prime 10 (Digital + Bodily)

Place Title
1 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor (EA)
2 Useless Island 2 (Deep Silver)
3 FIFA 23 (EA)
4 Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
5 Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
6 Name of Obligation: Trendy Warfare 2 (Activision Blizzard)
7 Resident Evil 4 Remake (Capcom)
8 Crimson Useless Redemption 2 (Rockstar)
9 WWE 2K23 (2K Video games)
10 NBA 2K23 (2K Video games)

* Digital knowledge unavailable

GSD digital knowledge contains video games from collaborating corporations bought by way of Steam, Xbox Stay, PlayStation Community, Nintendo Eshop. Main collaborating corporations are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Digital Arts, Embracer Group (together with Gearbox, Koch Media, Sabre Interactive), Focus Leisure, Kepler, Konami, Marvellous Video games, Microids, Microsoft (together with Bethesda), Milestone, Nacon, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Sq. Enix, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and 505 Video games are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

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