Xbox Series X and S Were The UK’s Best-Selling Consoles in January
The Xbox Series X and S were the UK’s best selling consoles in January 2021, beating out both PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch for the first time since launch.
As reported by GamesIndustry.Biz (based on GfK’s charts), Microsoft’s next-gen consoles outsold all competitors in January. The Nintendo Switch took second place despite sales being up by 21% and console sales, in general, being up by 148% compared to the previous year. Microsoft posted record profits in January, with its gaming hardware segment growing 86% due to the launch of the Series X and S. GI’s report notes that the PlayStation 5 took third place in GfK’s charts.
Given the Switch’s enormous success, particularly in the last year, and PlayStation’s recent dominance in the tug-of-war between Sony and Microsoft, this is a positive sign for Xbox. However, that is likely influenced as much by market shortages as sheer demand – IGN UK Deals‘ Robert Anderson indicated that Xbox Series consoles saw three or four UK stock drops in January, with PS5 only seeing one.
It was recently revealed that the PlayStation 5 had shipped 4.5 million units worldwide as of December 2020, matching the launch of the PS4. AMD recently anticipated its chip shortage to last through the first half of 2021, which may affect the production of the Xbox Series and PlayStation 5 consoles.
Those supply constraints have seen a notable rise in console reselling, leading to a potential console scalping ban gaining momentum in the UK parliament, which that may prevent the high levels of inflated reselling we’ve seen with the next-gen consoles.
Elsewhere, Animal Crossing New Horizons held strong as the top boxed game in the UK for January 2021, with Hitman 3 entering the chart at 12th position, making it the month’s best-selling launch. Here’s our review of Hitman 3, which we scored a 9, calling it “highly replayable.”
Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.