PS5 overtakes Xbox Series X and S and F1 22 holds pole position | UK monthly charts
Console sales were down slightly in July compared to June, with sales falling for all three major platforms.
Nearly 104,000 gaming machines were sold in the UK last month (GfK UK panel units), down 16% month-on-month. Overall, year-to-date game console sales are down 38%. Note: July has four weeks, while June has five.
PS5 sales fell the least in July (down 14%), and as a result it’s now the UK’s second most popular console in 2022, just behind Nintendo Switch. The PS5 and Xbox Series X continue to be hampered by stock shortages.
F1 22 takes first place in July
1.79 million physical and digital video games were sold in the UK last month, according to the latest figures from GSD.
This is down 17% from July last year, and down 32% from June 2022.
The biggest game of the month is F1 22, which holds the No. 1 position for a second month in a row, after reaching the top in June.
Otherwise, it was another quiet month. The Quarry, which also released in June, continues to show some legs at No. 8. Meanwhile, the highest-ranking new game is Nintendo’s Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which debuts at No. 13 after a week of selling. .
Nintendo doesn’t yet share digital sales, so Nintendo games might have increased if digital were included. In terms of physical sales alone, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the top-selling game, F1 22 is at No. 2, while Nintendo Switch Sports, Xenoblade Chronicles 3, and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe are at No. 3, 4 and 5.
A number of games, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Far Cry 6 are back on the charts following promotional activity.
Horizon Pack: Forbidden West
Regular readers may notice that Horizon: Forbidden West, which dominates the weekly physical charts (from GfK), completely ignores the software’s monthly numbers (from GSD). Indeed, this monthly graph does not take into account console packs, unlike the weekly graph.
The PS5 Horizon bundle has taken a bit of a hit and over the past three months 50% of PS5 console sales have been of the official Horizon bundle.
“The increase in fortunes for the PS5, apart from the variable which is the stock available in any given week, can be attributed to the success of the official Horizon Forbidden West packs – the first of which hit the UK market during of week 19 (May22)”, explains Dorian Bloch, boss of GfK games.
“Since the launch of the official bundles, looking at the three months from May to July, 50% of PS5 hardware was derived from the two official bundles. This also explains the high position of Horizon: Forbidden West in the box software charts during these weeks. Recently, official bundles have accounted for less PS5 hardware, but many retailers are now bundling Horizon: Forbidden West with standard PS5 consoles, especially if they run out of stock with official bundles. All of this means Horizon: Forbidden West continues to climb high on the software charts, with an original #1 at launch, and five more #1s long after launch, all thanks to bundles.
PS5 bundles also boost accessories
551,038 accessories and complementary products were sold in the UK last month (GfK UK panel data), down 5.7% from June and 4.8% from July this year last.
The DualSense White (No.1) and Black (No.2) wireless controllers continue to lead the way. The fastest growing new accessory on the market is A4T’s Stealth C6-100 gaming headset, which jumped 147 places to No. 5. This is due to a bundle with the PlayStation 5 console at Argos .
“Also noteworthy in July was the rise of the Logitech Driving Force G29 wheel for PS4 and PS5 (No13) and the G920 for Xbox and PC (No14) – two major beneficiaries of Prime Week,” Bloch says.
The Top 20 GSD UK Video Games of July (Digital + Physical)
|1||F1 22 (EA)|
|2||LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (Warner Bros)|
|3||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)|
|4||FIFA 22 (EA)|
|5||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|6||Nintendo Switch Sports (Nintendo)*|
|seven||Call of Duty Black Ops 2|
|8||The Quarry (2K Games)|
|9||WWE 2K22 (2K Games)|
|ten||EA Sports UFC 4 (EA)|
|11||Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)|
|12||Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)|
|13||Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (Nintendo)*|
|14||FIFA 22 (EA)|
|15||Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (EA)|
|16||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*|
|17||Minecraft: Switch Edition (Nintendo)*|
|18||The Crew 2 (Ubisoft)|
|19||Grand Theft Auto Online (Rockstar)|
|20||Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (Ubisoft)|
* Numerical data not available
GSD digital data includes participating companies’ games sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. The main participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Embracer Group (including Gearbox, Koch Media, Saber Interactive), Focus Entertainment, Konami, Marvelous 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.