Best-selling consoles in 2021 in the UK: PS5 and Switch tied, Xbox falls behind

Best-selling consoles in 2021 in the UK: PS5 and Switch tied, Xbox falls behind

Best-selling consoles in 2021 in the UK

Christopher Dring, head of, reported via Twitter the ranking of the best-selling consoles in the UK in 2021, indicating that PS5 and Switch are tied, while Xbox falls behind.

Specifically, Dring explains that PS5 was able to place 1.2 million units over the course of the year. This is the same figure reached by Nintendo Switch. Xbox Series, that is, both X and S added together, stopped at 800,000 units. As we have been repeating for too long, these numbers are not a direct representation of the success of consoles in the UK, but also and above all an indication of the number of units that the various manufacturers have been able to produce over the course of the year. >

Dring also shows us the sales of games in physical format in the UK for the year 2021. Nintendo Switch was able to place a whopping 7 million games, while PS4 sold 3.7 million units, followed by PS5 with 2 million units. Again, Xbox falls behind, with 1.5 million units on Xbox One and 600,000 units on Xbox Series X | S.

These figures are only part of the actual sales of games in the UK market, as there is no digital data which, especially on PlayStation and Xbox, is worth a good percentage of the total. Nintendo is a console with less storage space, also for this reason it tends to sell more games in physical format.

Speaking precisely of digital, we remind you that from today the discounts on over 1,500 indie games are active on the PlayStation Store for PS4 and PS5.

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Switch UK Sales Jumped 35% Year-On-Year in January, Xbox Series X|S in 2nd, PS5 in 3rd

by William D'Angelo , posted on 15 February 2022 / 3,069 Views

The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the UK in January 2022, according to GfK Entertainment. Sales for the console were up 35 percent compared to January 2021. It was also the only console to see sales up year-on-year.

The Xbox Series X|S came in second place with the Xbox Series S accounting for the majority of sales. This means the PlayStation 5 was third best-selling console for the month.

The PlayStation 5 dropped down to third place, however, sales were up 28 percent compared to November. It was the second biggest month for the PS5 and the biggest since the launch month.

There were nearly 122,000 game consoles sold in the UK during the month of January, which is down 18.4 percent compared to last year.

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GSD data shows that 2.29 million physical and digital games were sold in the UK in January. This is down 10 percent percent when compared to January 2021. Last year saw strong sales for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Grand Theft Auto V.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus debuted in first place on the software charts. This is despite Nintendo not sharing digital sales and the game launching at the end of the month. 

Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection for the PlayStation 5 was the next biggest new game on the charts. It debuted in eighth place.

Here are the software (digital + physical) charts:

PositionTitle1Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Nintendo)*2FIFA 223Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)4Call of Duty: Vanguard (Activision Blizzard)5Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)6F1 2022 (EA)7Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)8Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (Sony)/th>9Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (Nintendo)*10Minecraft: Switch Edition (Microsoft/Nintendo)11Just Dance 2022 (Ubisoft)12Monopoly Plus (Ubisoft)13Spider-Man (Sony)14Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft)15Far Cry 6 (Ubisoft)16Monster Hunter Rise (Capcom)17LEGO Harry Potter Collection (Warner Bros)18NBA 2K22 (2K Games)19Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Extraction (Ubisoft)20Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)

* Digital data unavailable

GSD digital data includes games from participating companies sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka, Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.

Thanks, GamesIndustry.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.