PS5 ‘comfortably the market leader’ in the UK with sales up 25% on 2020

All three console formats are performing well in the UK at the moment, despite stock issues, with over a million sold overall in 2021.

Seven months after the start of a new generation of consoles, you’d expect the new formats to have taken over from the old in terms of sales. But that was never guaranteed given the stock issues suffered by both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Nevertheless, GamesIndustry.biz editor Christopher Dring has revealed on Twitter that the PlayStation 5 is ‘comfortably’ outselling all other consoles at the moment.

As usual, there are no sales figures but he states that the Nintendo Switch is in second place and the Xbox Series X and S are ‘snapping at its heels’.

Overall sales for all video game consoles have already hit one million in 2021, a 25% increase on last year. All of which suggests business is very healthy for all three formats.

However, it’s still impossible to tell how sales would be going if the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X were both easily available (the Xbox Series S is supply constrained but relatively easy to pick up if you want it).

Neither Sony or Microsoft like to talk about such things but it’s believed that Sony has ensured it has priority at factories and component suppliers, meaning that there are more PlayStation 5s in the world, and in the UK, than Xbox Series X.

Although PlayStation is usually dominant, the UK is traditionally the second strongest Xbox market in the world, after the US, and the weakest for Nintendo.

What that would mean if all things were equal is hard to say though, especially as Microsoft has not yet released any first party games for its new consoles.

What is clear though is that all three console manufacturers continue to do well and may each end up as market leader at different points during the current generation.

25% up over last year. But would have been higher with better stock availability. Most sales of consoles is in Q4

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