Almost 900,000 games consoles were sold in the UK during November, according to the last GfK market data.
The hardware data is for the four weeks ending November 28th.
In terms of home consoles (not handhelds), it is the eighth biggest month for console sales and the second biggest month for console revenue, behind December 2013, which was when PS4 and Xbox One received big new shipments.
The most successful machine of last month was the newly released PlayStation 5, which means that Nintendo Switch had to settle for second place for only the third time in two years. Even so, it was a big month for Switch, with hardware sales up 96% over the previous four weeks. The console had a very successful Black Friday, and so far this year, Switch hardware sales are up 63.1% year-on-year.
In terms of boxed software, 2.38 million games were sold in the UK last month (October 25th – November 21st). Switch games were the most popular of the month, accounting for nearly 35% of all games sold, followed by PS4.
Nintendo was the top publisher of the month thanks to continued strong sales of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Minecraft and Super Mario 3D All-Stars. The company held off strong competition from Ubisoft, which saw big sales of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (No.2) and Watch Dogs: Legion (No.5).
The biggest selling new game of the month was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Activision shooter sold significantly fewer boxed units than previous games in the franchise, with the vast majority of sales coming via digital download.
The other big new game in the charts is PS4 and PS5 game Spider-Man: Miles Morales. The title reached No.4 and primarily sold on PS5. In fact, it was comfortably the biggest PS5 launch game, ahead of Call of Duty.
The launch of new consoles unsurprisingly caused a spike in the accessories market. Nearly 1.25 million accessories were sold in November (October 25th – November 21st), which is up 61.4% month-on-month and 48.3% compared with last November.
The best-selling accessories of the month were the PS5 DualSense Controller (No.1) and the Pulse 3D Headset for PS4 and PS5 (No.2). The PS4 DualShock drops from the top spot to No.3, meanwhile the new Xbox controllers debut at No.4 (Shock Blue), No.5 (Carbon Black) and No.9 (Robot White). Other new accessories in the charts include the Media Remote for PS5 (No.7), the DualSense Charging Station (No.8), and the PS5 HD Camera (No.11).
Here is the UK Top 20 Best-Selling Boxed Games for November (GfK data)
|1||Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War|
|2||Assassin’s Creed Valhalla|
|4||Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales|
|5||Watch Dogs: Legion|
|6||Animal Crossing: New Horizons|
|7||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe|
|9||Super Mario 3D All-Stars|
|10||Fortnite: The Last Laugh Bundle|
|11||Ring Fit Adventure|
|14||Grand Theft Auto 5|
|15||Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity|
|17||Star Wars: Squadrons|
|18||51 Worldwide Games|
|19||Just Dance 2021|
|20||Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time|