In January, 493,000 game consoles of all brands were sold in Europe, excluding Germany and the UK, which is 15.5% more than in January last year. This growth is due to the incredibly successful sales of the PlayStation 5 – they grew by 202% compared to last year, and were still in short supply.
With this growth, the PS5 became the console of the month in terms of sales, ahead of the Nintendo Switch, which fell by 11% compared to January 2022, and the Xbox Series X and S, which lost 32% of sales. In terms of accessories, 1.76 million additional products were sold, down 2.1% from a month earlier. The best-selling accessory was the PS5 DualSense controller.
Last month in Europe, subscription sales reached 1.37 million, down 4% from January 2022. Game sales sank even more seriously. Last month, 12.1 million games were sold in Europe, down 19% from the same period a year earlier. Analysts cite the lack of a game comparable to last year’s hit Pokémon Legends: Arceus as one of the reasons for the decline in game sales. However, January 2023 was a good month for the FIFA, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 series, which fared better than the year before. However, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe disappointed publishers with a 37% drop in sales. Several new games have been added to the charts. EA’s remake of Dead Space took sixth place. The game comes out just over a month after the very similar The Callisto Protocol, which performed better in its first two weeks than Dead Space did in the same period.
Other newcomers to the charts include a number of games targeted at the Japanese market, which is typical for this time of year. Forspoken on PS5 is in 11th place, just ahead of Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Engage. Meanwhile, Bandai Namco’s One Piece Odyssey takes 16th place.
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