According to a report from Games Industry, 48% of all physical video games sold in the UK in 2018 were for the PS4, although the figure was slightly down compared in 2017. 30.2% of the physical games were sold on Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch doubled it’s sales to 16.8%.
In terms of actual games, FIFA 19 was the best selling game of 2019, but the game sold less physical copies than previous years, as digital copies accounted for 25% of sales. Red Dead Redemption 2 was the second best selling title of 2018.
Platform Market Share – Units
|Position||Platform||Software Market share (Units)|
|2||Microsoft Xbox One||30.2%|
|9||Nintendo Wii U||0.1%|
According to GI, it was a good year for PlayStation as a publisher. The success of God of War and Spider-Man, saw Sony claim 9.6% of the market as a games publisher. Spider-Man alone sold 676,621, making it the fourth best-selling physical game of the year, while God of War was at No.8 with 399,395 copies sold.
UKIE/GfK Top 20 best-selling games of 2018
|2||Red Dead Redemption 2||1,757,212|
|3||Call of Duty: Black Ops 4||1,172,855|
|5||Mario Kart 8: Deluxe||458,675|
|6||Far Cry 5||434,133|
|7||Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy||430,551|
|8||God of War||399,395|
|9||Forza Horizon 4||392,960|
|11||Grand Theft Auto V||339,805|
|12||Spyro Reignited Trilogy||333,725|
|14||Assassin’s Creed Odyssey||305,937|
|15||Super Smash Bros Ultimate||284,155|
|16||Super Mario Odyssey||240,710|
|17||Call of Duty: WWII||230,576|
|18||Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu||227,767|
|19||Shadow of the Tomb Raider||226,125|