Bestselling Games in January: Physical and Digital in the UK

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EA Sports and Naughty Dog Impressed in a Difficult January in the UK

EA Sports and Naughty Dog impressed in a difficult month of January in the UK, game and console sales both in physical and digital formats in the UK have declined in comparison to the same month of 2023.

Playing on PC, Steam Deck, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch sometimes has sales data such as those of the UK, sometimes weekly and other times – as in this case – monthly.

As we read from GamesIndustry.biz, during January of 2024, 2.47 million games were sold in the country. This represents a 3% decrease during the same period of 2023, although it’s not much to worry about.

This data is based on GSD data, which records all physical and digital game sales from most of the major external publishers.

Sales for this past month are led by EA Sports FC 24, the Electronic Arts football game that follows FIFA 23 and also was 1st in January 2023; although it has had a better January than its predecessor.

Last year did not have a large number of new releases (Dead Space Remake was the most noteworthy new release in 4th place), but this time there were a couple of new titles.

The most notable ‘newcomer’ in 2nd place was The Last of Us Part II Remastered, a game that did very well in sales and benefited from the € 10 offer to upgrade from one PlayStation to another with a The Last of Us Part II cup.

In its first two weeks on the market, the game sold twice and a half more copies than The Last of Us Part 1 when it was released in September 2022.

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Another new entry on the charts was Tekken 8, although in 7th position. The data does not go back far enough to compare it to Tekken 7, but does to compare it with Street Fighter 6.

The fighting game by Bandai Namco is over a third higher, although the game by Capcom has sold mostly in digital format and Katsuhiro Harada’s game still has a strong audience in physical format.

A little further and away from this top 10, two other recent releases were Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown in 15th place and Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth as 23rd.

As for the sale of consoles, sales have fallen due to tough year-on-year comparisons. Around 111,000 hardware units were sold in January 2024 in the UK, according to GfK data.

The best selling games during January 2024 in physical and digital in the UK

This represents a 19% decrease compared to last January; all three consoles had a poor month. Xbox Series X|S sold 7% less, PS5 17%, and Switch 31% this past month.

This year was clearly going to be difficult for Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo because comparisons are odious, even more so if we look at data from 2023.

Last year saw a huge upturn in sales of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S because they were finally fully available in stores after a period of scarcity of almost two years.

Here is the table of the best-selling games in physical and digital format during January 2024, data that is made public thanks to GSD UK. As always, the * in Super Mario Bros. Wonder indicates that sales data in eShop are not available.

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Position Game
1 EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
2 The Last of Us Parte 2: Remastered (Sony)

Console sales saw increasing figures throughout the year and Nintendo Switch surpassed its seventh anniversary, a time when a successor is normally expected; although this year they seem to be proceeding with caution.

In terms of accessories, 687,000 peripherals and accessories were sold (according to GfK data), which represents an almost 10% increase compared to the previous year.

The market was led this time by controllers for both Xbox and PlayStation, possibly due to the amount of hardware sold during the holiday period.

However, the top 10 best-selling gamesboth in physical and digital in January in the UK leaves us with EA Sports FC and The Last of Us Parte 2 Remastered leading the rest.

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