2.4 million digital and physical video games, 93,000 consoles and over 600,000 accessories were sold in the UK during February 2022.
It was a month that saw a number of major games released -- including Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West and Dying Light 2. However, software sales were down 14% in February 2022 compared with the same period in 2021, according to GSD sales figures.
1.46 million games sold were digital downloads, which is down 17% compared with the same period last year. Physical game sales reached over 900,000 units, which is a drop of 9% compared with February 2021.
SLOW MONTH FOR CONSOLE SALES
It was a quiet month for UK games console sales, as supply issues for PS5 and Xbox Series X continue.
According to GfK figures, 93,000 consoles were sold last month, which is a drop of 24% over January. All three platforms saw a drop in sales compared with the month before, and only Xbox Series S and X saw an increase in sales compared with February 2021.
Nintendo Switch was the best-selling machine, but sales are down by over 30% compared to the same period the year before. However, it is significantly up in comparison to February 2019 and February 2020 (pre-pandemic levels).
So far this year console sales are down 33.4%, primarily due to a decline in the availability of PlayStation 5.
Summary; 93k consoles sold, Switch #1, Xbox #2, PS #3. (all seem to be down YoY but need to check)
Jan 22 sales = 122.368k
Jan + Feb 22 = 215.368k
Jan + Feb 21 = 323.37k
XBOX CONTROLLERS JUMP UP ACCESSORIES CHARTS
A drop off in console sales inevitably results in a decline in the accessories market. Over 604,000 add-on products were sold last month, a drop of 21% compared with January and a fall of 28% compared with February last year.
Despite stock issues for PS5, the console's DualSense Wireless Controller returned to No.1, but it was run close by two Xbox controllers -- the Black Wired Controller (at No.2) and the Shock Blue Wireless version (at No.3). Last month's No.1, the PS4 DualShock 4 controller, falls to No.4. The Pulse Red Xbox controller completes the Top Five.
GSD February 2022 Top 20 Games (Digital + Physical)