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Over Half The Games Sold In The UK During 2017 Were For PlayStation 4

Record breaker!

PlayStation 4 games made up 50.2% of all physical software sales during 2017, making this the first time ever sales of games for one console have accounted for more than half of all games sold. The previous record was set back in 1998 when 47.9% of all boxed that were sold were for the original PlayStation.

Xbox One titles are the nearest competitor but they only managed 31.6% of all sales. Sony also managed to have the most exclusive games hit the number one spot in the chart with a PlayStation exclusive at number one for 15 weeks of the year. These included Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

Source: GI.Biz

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17 Comments
  1. Tomhlord
    Team TSA: Writer
    Since: Apr 2009

    Wow, fair play.

    Comment posted on 19/12/2017 at 18:03.
  2. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    I’m surprised that it hasn’t won it the last few years given it’s 2:1 sales ratio against Xbox and Nintendo doing a bit shit until recently.

    Comment posted on 19/12/2017 at 18:12.
  3. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    They’ve barely put a foot wrong this gen, a nice turn-about from the PS3 days.

    Comment posted on 19/12/2017 at 19:53.
    • BossHog
      Member
      Since: Sep 2017

      PS3 had not only the best hardware, best games, based media capability, of was also the best selling console last gen, it also commanded a premium price, had the best exclusives and a very good reliability record.

      So this turnaround you speak off, its mostly nonsense generated by the Microsoft viral machine…

      Comment posted on 19/12/2017 at 23:14.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Sorry to burst your bubble but the PS3 began life on the downfoot, developers had great difficulty getting games to run as well as on the 360. Then Sony decided to remove OtherOs – a worthwhile feature which i and many others had been using since launch. Then the Sony server hack which caused the PSN to be down for several months. Then they had to compensate all of us for the downtime. True they turned things around towards the end and had some stonking exclusives but this generation is the complete opposite for them, strength to strength all the way.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 11:16.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Yes, the PS3 didn’t get off to a great start with it’s ridiculous price. But did “win” in the end.

        Glad we’ve found out who was using the OtherOS feature now though. You and about 6 other people ;)

        And good to see the PSN hack still being exaggerated after all these years. It wasn’t down for months. A few weeks and it was back up and the worst thing that happened as a result was Sony had to pay some money and give away some stuff for free.

        So it didn’t get off to a good start, had a little bit of a problem along the way, but came out on top overall. And avoided any of the hardware disasters MS had.

        This time they seem completely unstoppable.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 13:17.
      • TSBonyman
        Member
        Since: Dec 2009

        Was the psn really down only for a few weeks? I just remember being frustrated for a while that i couldn’t access the store to buy more games! :)

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 14:24.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        Went down on the 19th April, came back on May 14. So less than 4 weeks.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 15:52.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        OtherOS made this possible, if nothing else it’s pretty cool :)
        https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/phys.org/news/2010-12-air-playstation-3s-supercomputer.amp

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 16:51.
      • Starman
        Member
        Since: Jul 2011

        In what way did the PS3 win in the end? Not console sales or game sales. Which are the two most important factors.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 18:00.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        The PS3 “won” in that it eventually sold more. MS had a bit of a headstart, but by 2013 it was about equal. And the PS3 was still selling for a couple of years more.

        While both Sony and MS seemed to stop reporting numbers at around 80m each, everything seems to point to Sony catching up by the end, at which point the PS3 was outselling the 360. So it’s pretty safe to say the PS3 eventually sold more than the 360.

        As for game sales, who knows? I’ve not seen any numbers, and I can’t be arsed to look to prove either of us right.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 19:14.
      • BossHog
        Member
        Since: Sep 2017

        Despite Microsoft having a 18 month exclusive headstart with no competition, PS4 having a higher retail price, and Microsoft having the luxury of selling 3 consoles to every owner via a huge failure rate, Sony still managed to overtake them in lifetime sales…

        Otheros was utter garbage, I used it, it was worthless outside of very specific mathematical and computational situations.

        Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 22:03.
      • Starman
        Member
        Since: Jul 2011

        @yd did you deliberately ignore me saying Nintendo Wii sold the most or just not notice it? And 360 always sold the most of every multiplat. So I’m right on both counts. Fact is ps3 didn’t win.

        Comment posted on 21/12/2017 at 19:16.
      • BossHog
        Member
        Since: Sep 2017

        “And 360 always sold the most of every multiplat”

        Untrue, cherry picked selective memory.

        Comment posted on 21/12/2017 at 20:21.
      • MrYd
        Member
        Since: Mar 2011

        There was no mention of the Wii at all, so I wasn’t deliberately ignoring it.

        Nintendo are weird anyway. They always seem to either be releasing things a generation late, or using the previous generation technology, depending on which way you want to look at it.

        But it’s fine if they want to do their own thing and not compete with Sony and MS. Nintendo may have won in the Nintendo category with the Wii, but Sony won in the consoles for grown-ups category, by either a small margin, or quite a large margin if you adjust for terrible quality control on the earlier 360s and only count the number of people buying consoles, not the actual number sold.

        Comment posted on 21/12/2017 at 22:43.
  4. Awayze
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Success from PS3’s later life has continued once people saw the light. Quality exclusive games and better hardware.

    Comment posted on 19/12/2017 at 23:34.
  5. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Pretty amazing numbers. I though the XBox and PS4 hardware similarities would balance all this out but I guess it just goes to show a preference here in the UK. It’d be great to see how the bias lies in Europe, Asia and the USA. Gotta say that over here the PlayStation marketing machine works much harder, there’s more XBox ads on TV but on posters, on busses, in airports, on huge billboards I definitely see more PlayStation. Recently, my local Sainsbury’s had Battlefront 2 cardboard characters at the front of the store with copies of the game on PS4, XBox was at the back of the shop, and at The Last Jedi it was all about the live action PlayStation Battlefront ad and a long montage of gameplay. Now that’s exposure worth throwing money at.

    Comment posted on 20/12/2017 at 09:09.

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