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These statistics are getting a little bit samey, but new data underlines PS5’s impressive rise to dominance. The console’s sales increased 369 per cent throughout the first quarter of 2023 in key European countries like France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, and Portugal. That’s even more than the 180 per cent increase observed during the same period in the UK.

Obviously these numbers are influenced by just how supply constrained the console was 12 months ago, but Sony has set some pretty aggressive sales targets for its new-gen system, and it looks like it’s going to meet them. It’s particularly amazing when you consider that in the same European countries, both the Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch registered significant declines year-over-year. In fact, the PS5 single-handedly powered the hardware market to a 67 per cent increase.

Software sales for the same period did slip, though, despite the success of Hogwarts Legacy, which is the fastest-selling game in the aforementioned territories since records began in 2017 – excluding, of course, the FIFA franchise. PS5 accessories also continue to sell well, with the DualSense controller leading the market, and capping a pretty unstoppable start to the year for Sony.