The quiet giant strikes again, with more staggering (but underreported) statistics emerging about the PlayStation 4’s ridiculous 2017. According to Games Industry.biz – courtesy of sales data firms UKIE and GfK Chart-Track – Sony’s console commanded 50.2 per cent of all physical game sales in the UK this year. It’s no slouch in the digital arena either.
While the Xbox One managed a respectable 31.6 per cent share of the retail software pie, it shows just how much PS4 is dominating the market – even in territories where it’s believed proceedings are more competitive. In fact, according to UKIE, this is the first year on record where a single platform has accounted for more than half of the total games market in terms of units. Only the PSone has come close to that, when it registered 47.9 per cent of all boxed sales in 1998. Staggering.
Between the likes of Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Persona 5, WipEout Omega Collection, Gran Turismo Sport, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, the PS4 managed to amass 15 weeks with an exclusive at the top of the sales charts. No console has done this in a single year since the Wii, when Wii Fit helped propel Nintendo to 16 weeks at the summit.