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PlayStation 5 expectations rocket as UK boxed chart reveals strong PS5 game sales before console launch

Around 71% of Spider-Man: Miles Morales boxed game sales have been for the PS5. (Image source: Sony/Marvel - Brandon Tepezano)
Around 71% of Spider-Man: Miles Morales boxed game sales have been for the PS5. (Image source: Sony/Marvel - Brandon Tepezano)
The PlayStation 5 hype continues as the UK boxed game chart shows gamers preparing for the console’s second launch date. Almost 19% of sales for the week were for titles on the PS5, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. Sony’s console will be launched to the rest of the world on Thursday, November 19.

Even though the PlayStation 5 has yet to be officially launched in the UK and Europe, it appears gamers have been preparing for its release. According to a breakdown by GamesIndustry.biz, nearly 19% of the UK’s boxed games sold for the week ending November 14 were purchased for the PS5 platform. Of course, it’s not entirely surprising that fans will want to have some games already in possession for when the PS5 arrives on their doorstep, but it is still an impressive showing for a console that hasn’t even been launched in that region yet.

As for specific titles, it was Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that managed to keep both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales from the top. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla sold well on the PS4 (42%) and all Xbox consoles (40%) but a surprising amount of physical copies were snapped up by future PS5 owners (18%).

However, while considerable PS5 sales could be expected for games such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales (71% vs. 29% for the PS4) and Sackboy: A Big Adventure (89% vs. 11% for the PS4; 13th in the chart), there was a bit of a surprise with NBA 2K21. Boxed units of the basketball game were sold at a rate of 63% going to the PS5 and 14% going to Xbox Series X/S console owners.

Other PS5 games also did well in the latest UK boxed charts, with Demon’s Souls snatching up sixth position and Godfall occupying 16th place. GamesIndustry.biz reports that over 790,000 boxed games were sold in the UK for that week, with titles bought for the still unreleased PS5 console accounting for almost 25% of the total revenue, which was estimated at £36.4 million (US$48 million).

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UK boxed games chart week to November 14. (Image source: GamesIndustry.biz)
UK boxed games chart week to November 14. (Image source: GamesIndustry.biz)
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-11-16 (Update: 2020-11-17)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.