Xbox One Outsells PS4 for 4 Weeks in the UK

March 21, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


MCV has reported that things have shifted a little bit in the UK video games market. While the PS4 was outselling the Xbox One for a long time, the Xbox One has been the highest-selling console for the past four weeks. This is most likely due to the price cut, the release of Titanfall, and the limited stock of the PS4.

However, the PS4 still has the highest total sales in the UK. With more consoles coming into stock and today’s release of Infamous: Second Son, which became the top-selling game on Amazon in the US, UK, and France, the PS4 could increase its momentum. We’ll keep you updated.

In the meantime, share your general thoughts on these two consoles. (Try to keep your debates civil, of course.) Do you have an Xbox One or a PS4? Both? Which do you prefer, and which do you see leading sales in the months ahead?

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The Lego Movie Videogame Has High Sales, Higher in Second Week

February 24, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Lego Movie Videogame released on February 7 in North American and on February 14 in Europe, and it’s certainly made an impact on the UK video game market.

Last week was its second week available, and it was at the top of the sales chart, beating out FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, among other popular games in the top ten. In fact, The Lego Movie Videogame saw more sales last week than it did its first week, which is unusual.

The newly-released Wii U game, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, made it to 9th place. Rayman Legends, which was just ported to Xbox One and PS4, took 10th place, pushing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII down to eleventh.

Have you been playing any of these games? What are your thoughts on The Lego Movie Videogame and the other games in the top ten?

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Two big UK retailers discount the Xbox One price

January 20, 2014 by Staff - 5 Comments


Microsoft’s Xbox One has not been selling as well in the United Kingdom as its main competitor, the PlayStation 4, and the price may be one of the causes. A recommended retail price of £429.99 is fairly steep, especially when the other consoles on the market are cheaper (the PS4 costs £349.99).

As of today however, two retailers from the UK have discounted the Xbox One to £409.99 (by just under 5%). Both are online retailers – The Hut and Zavvi. As other stores still have it at the original full price, this is likely a decision on the part of the retailers, rather than an official price cut by Microsoft (which is yet to provide any comment).

Fans are divided on whether demand for the Xbox One has declined, if the console was overpriced to start with, or if this minor discount is just meant to boost sales for the retailers — (there have been rumors concerning the financial viability of both operations circulating for years). Other fans just see it as an opportunity, and possibly a sign of an official sale on the horizon.

Whether we start to see such discounts in the US and other parts of Europe and Australasia remains to be seen….

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Sony in the lead in the UK console war

January 7, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


In the United Kingdom, Microsoft released the Xbox One on November 22, and Sony released the PlayStation 4 on November 29. Despite the week’s head start the Xbox One had, however, the PS4 is in the lead in terms of sales. The holiday sales numbers show that the PS4 sold 530,000 units leading up to Christmas, while the Xbox One only sold 364,000. That puts the PS4 in the lead by 166,000 units.

Some people think the reason behind the difference is the Xbox One’s higher price, while others feel Microsoft’s focus on television and US-based sports appealed less to UK audiences than Sony’s game-centered message did. Nevertheless, Microsoft’s sales are still strong, even if they are behind.

Physical game sales were down by 2.9% in the UK for 2013, while digital game sales were up by 16.4%, leading to an overall rise in the gaming market.

Sony’s lead in the UK could give them the highest sales overall, but things are looking good for both Sony and Microsoft. The two new systems have done exceptionally well in every regions they were released, and while the “console war” is still in full swing, neither console looks like it is in danger of failing.

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PS4 kicking butt in the UK

December 2, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The PS4 is kicking butt in the UK and according to one website, Sony sold nearly double the number of PS4s there in its launch weekend than Microsoft sold Xbox Ones upon it release weekend.

Chart Track (a UK tracking website) has said (without giving any numbers) that the PS4 is officially the fastest selling console in the UK and that it eclipsed previous records held by the PSP, PS3 and the Xbox One. Given that over 180,000 PSP units were sold on launch there, we know that the PS4 must have sold at least more than that.

On the other hand MCVUK has given out some specific sales numbers, saying that 150,000 Xbox One units were sold versus 250,000 units of the PS4. We note that these numbers are not confirmed however.

Either way, it appears that the Playstation is well and truly dominating the competition in the United Kingdom.

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Early predictions: more PS4s than Xbox Ones sold in both US and UK

December 1, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


In the first week of it going on sale in the United States, Microsoft sold approximately 732,000 Xbox One consoles according to VGChartz. This is compared to the million plus Playstation 4s sold by Sony for the same period after the launch of its new flagship console.

Sony appears to be dominating the next-generation console battle that just got underway in the UK too, with the Telegraph reporting that GAME (a UK retailer) has said that early demand for the PS4 has been huge there and is about four times greater than what they saw for the Playstation 3.

In addition, Amazon has also apparently predicted that the Playstation 4 will become the fastest selling video game console in Amazon UK history. The record is currently held by Microsoft’s Xbox One, so what they’re effectively saying is that they expect the Playstation 4 to do better.

It’s not all bad news for the Xbox One in the UK though, John Lewis (another UK retailer) has said that it expects demand for the Xbox One to be greater than that for the Playstation 4, saying that, “We are thinking that Xbox One will appeal a bit more to our customers in terms of the experience it creates.”

Whatever the case, we can’t wait for some firm (and reputable) sales numbers to come out for both consoles. It’s going to be a very interesting few weeks in the lead up to Christmas for sure!

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