Current-Gen Consoles Dominating UK Physical Games Market
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One account for two thirds of the UK physical games market, according to retail tracker Kantar Worldpanel. We’re told that Xbox One is driving the increase in sales of brand new, boxed games as the console is “broadening its game repertoire.” Strategic Insight Director, Fiona Keenan, said that Xbox One increased its share from 21 percent to 30 percent this year, whereas the PlayStation 4’s share increased from 34 percent to 37 percent.
The jump is down to Xbox broadening its game repertoire. Last year it focused on big-name titles like Destiny and FIFA 15, with the top five Xbox One games accounting for 71 percent of all spend. This year, the top five makes up exactly half of sales, with FIFA 16 surrounded by other successful titles such as F1 2015, Mad Max, Batman Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V.
Overall, the market was down year-on-year over the last quarter, and new game sales for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have dropped year-on-year as well.
Do our readers think Sony needs to step its game up on the software front?
[Source: MCV UK]