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PlayStation 5 actually ended third in the UK during December 2021, despite enjoying its second biggest month since launch. Sony managed to ship 28 per cent more units than in November 2021, when it was the best-selling console in Britain, but the continued popularity of the Nintendo Switch and a huge influx of Xbox Series X|S stock put it just behind its competitors.

Obviously, this paints the industry in a particularly positive light, with all three manufacturers selling strongly. But stock does continue to hold both Sony and Microsoft back, and you get the feeling the two new-gen consoles could have done even better with improved supply. Sadly, supply chain issues caused by the ongoing semi-conductor shortage mean units are likely to be light through 2022 as well.

In addition to robust console sales, PlayStation dominated the accessories category for December 2021, with variations of its DualSense controller taking the top two positions. And with combined physical and digital sales, exclusives like Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales fared incredibly well compared to its multiformat counterparts, finishing sixth overall.

In total, 6.8 million games were sold in Britain during the all-important Christmas period, which is a drop of 12 per cent year-over-year – but it’s important to remember that flagship games like Cyberpunk 2077 launched in December in 2020, and also Call of Duty: Vanguard has generally been selling less than Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Overall, though, the UK industry looks healthy, it’s just those ongoing supply issues which have put a ceiling on its performance.

December 2021 UK Top 20: Physical and Digital

  1. FIFA 22
  2. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. F1 2021
  5. Just Dance 2022
  6. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  7. Battlefield 2042
  8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe*
  9. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond*
  10. Far Cry 6
  11. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  12. Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition
  13. Red Dead Redemption 2
  14. Riders Republic
  15. Animal Crossing New Horizons*
  16. Pokémon Shining Pearl*
  17. Mortal Kombat 11
  18. Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  19. LEGO Harry Potter Collection
  20. Grand Theft Auto: The Definitive Edition

* Digital sales data not included