50% of UK physical game sales were on PS4, Sony had the most platform-exclusive chart-toppers

By James Billcliffe
20 December 2017 10:48 GMT

50.2% of all UK physical game sales were on PS4, making 2017 the first year on record that a single platform has accounted for more than half of the market, according to GfK Chart-Track and the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment via Gamesindustry.biz .

Xbox One had the next highest market share, accounting for 31.6% of games sold.

Following heavy discounts on Black Friday, more than 70 million PS4s have now been sold worldwide as of the start of December 2017.

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It was a strong year overall for Sony, with seven of their platform exclusives spending at least one week on top of the sales charts, including Crash Bandicoot: N Sane Trilogy, which collected five consecutive weeks (seven total) at the top over the summer, a record for the year, until Call of Duty WW2 took the Christmas number one this week.

The other games to top the charts were Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, WipeOut: Omega Collection, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and Gran Turismo: Sport.

Release scheduling may have contributed to these statistics however, with key Microsoft-exclusive games like Forza 7 launching against multi-platform behemoths like FIFA 18 – and since this data only covers physical sales, digital might tell a different story.

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