UK 2016 Results: PS4 #1 in Software Market Share Again, Console Sales Way Down

January 12, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

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In the GfK’s annual report for the UK games market, they reveal that 2016 revenue from combined sales of physical games, console hardware, accessories, digital points cards, and toys-to-life figurines fell 15.8% year-over-year to £1.78 billion.

By category, console hardware was down 27% year-over-year to £503 million, software was down 16.4% to £776 million, and accessories were up 1% to £501 million. In 2016, every console (except 3DS) was down in sales, while accessories rose in sales thanks to PlayStation VR.

Taking a deeper look at software last year in the UK, Games Industry points out that nearly 80% of all boxed games sold last year were either on PS4 or Xbox One (up from 66% in 2015). PS3 and Xbox 360 games accounted for 8.1% of sales (down from 20% last year), with Wii U at just 2.5%. Here’s the breakdown of software share by platform in 2016 in the UK, based on units sold:

  1. PlayStation 4 – 45%
  2. Xbox One – 34.1%
  3. Nintendo 3DS – 7%
  4. Xbox 360 – 5.2%
  5. PlayStation 3 – 2.9%
  6. Wii U – 2.5%
  7. PC – 2.3%
  8. Wii – 0.5%
  9. PlayStation Vita – 0.4%
  10. Nintendo DS – 0.1%

Looking at publishers, EA held 22.1% software market share (by units), followed by Activision Blizzard with 12.1%, Ubisoft with 9.5%, Nintendo with 8.2%, Take-Two with 7.4%, and Sony with 7.1%.

According to GfK, here’s the top 50 best-selling games of 2016 in the UK through retail stores:

  1. FIFA 17 (2.5 million)
  2. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  3. Battlefield 1 (1 million+)
  4. The Division
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  7. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  8. Watch Dogs 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. Forza Horizon 3
  11. Mafia III
  12. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  13. FIFA 16
  14. LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  15. Doom
  16. LEGO Marvel’s Avengers
  17. Star Wars Battlefront
  18. Minecraft: Xbox Edition
  19. Far Cry Primal
  20. Gears of War 4
  21. Pokemon Sun
  22. Fallout 4
  23. Pokemon Moon
  24. Final Fantasy XV
  25. Rocket League
  26. WWE 2K17
  27. Titanfall 2
  28. EA Sports UFC 2
  29. No Man’s Sky
  30. Dishonored 2
  31. Rainbow Six Siege
  32. Ratchet & Clank
  33. LEGO Jurassic World
  34. Minecraft: PlayStation Edition
  35. Dark Souls 3
  36. Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  37. Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration
  38. LEGO Dimensions
  39. Minecraft: Story Mode
  40. Just Cause 3
  41. F1 2016
  42. WWE 2K16
  43. Disney Infinity 3.0
  44. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  45. Steep
  46. Halo 5: Guardians
  47. Guitar Hero Live
  48. Just Dance 2017
  49. Skylanders Imaginators
  50. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Further down the chart, The Last Guardian placed in 68th, ahead of Battleborn (73rd), Street Fighter V (79th), and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst (80th).

FIFA 16 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 were the two best-selling games of 2015 in the UK.

[Source: Games Industry, MCV UK]