The PS5 is the UK’s best-selling console in 2023, overtaking the Nintendo Switch to the top spot. This comes as a result of stock increases in the region, meaning more buyers have been able to get their hands on Sony’s console.
PS5 stock levels increase leads to sales rising
Stock levels for the PS5 have risen by 56% in the region, according to GfK data reported by GamesIndustry.biz. As a result of this increase, the console managed to overtake the ever-popular Switch, which also saw a 4% sales increase in August. This leaves Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and S consoles in third place.
The data wasn’t all good news for console sales, though. With just under 880,000 consoles having been sold this year, that means there has been a 36% decrease compared to the same time period in 2023.
The Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling console of the current generation, though had a three-year head start on the PS5 and the Xbox Series X and S. In June, Sony lowered its profit forecast for the year in its earnings report, touting a decrease in sales of first-party games as one of the reasons behind its reduced expectations.
With God of War: Ragnarok set to release in November, PS5 console sales are only set to increase later in the year ahead of the holiday season.
In other news, new details about The Last of Us’ multiplayer have surfaced. Also, it was revealed that a key PS5 feature didn’t launch with the console due to Sony avoiding crunch.