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