Revenue from the sale of physical games dropped 2.8% in the UK last year but the actual number of games dropped even further, down 7.1%. There is a disparity as a larger number of higher priced games have been sold including Switch titles and ridiculously expensive collectors editions.
Unsurprisingly PlayStation 4 accounted for the majority of sales, 42.2%, but that still includes a huge 9.7% drop in total sales for boxed PS4 games during 2018.
Later this month the official UK sales charts will start including digital downloads, so that should shake the chart up considerably. All the big publishers and developers are contributing digital data apart from Bethesda, Nintendo & Konami, so if people are shifting from physical to digital purchases those three publishers are likely to see there games fall way down the charts, or perhaps not even make the top forty.