Tag: Uk

  • News PS5 Stock Shortage Has UK Politicians Pushing for Online Bot Ban

    Bad robot

    If you haven't been able to get your hands on a PS5 since the console's launch in November last year, then you'll know all too well the effectiveness of online bots. Scalpers have been using bots to secure Sony's system as soon as new stock is made available, effectively denying normal consumers any chance of snapping up a PS5 for...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Grand Theft Auto V Is the Week's Best-Selling Physical PlayStation Game

    Nintendo dominates the top 10

    There's no getting around it: Nintendo Switch is destroying the UK's physical games chart right now. In the all formats top 10, five of the games are exclusive to the hybrid system — six if you include the boxed version of Minecraft for Switch. The first multi-platform game in the list is Just Dance 2021, although...

  • News 67 Per Cent of UK Game Sales Were Digital Last Year

    PS5 was second best-selling console

    You know those UK sales charts we publish every week? They’re pretty irrelevant these days. That’s because they discount digital purchases, which in 2020 represented 67 per cent of the market. That’s a significant increase from 52 per cent in 2019, and while coronavirus will have played a part in that...

  • News UK Sales Charts: PS5, PS4 Games Make Up the Numbers in Dominant Nintendo Week

    Lockdown purchases increase by 33%

    That Nintendo Switch and its selection of games sure are hot products right now, aren't they? Titles exclusive to the system make up almost half of the latest UK sales chart as gaming purchases across the nation increase by 33% under lockdown. That leaves PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 games feeling like their...

  • News UK Schools Suggesting PS4 for Home Learning During Lockdown

    For families who don't have enough computers to go around

    While it’s easy to joke about pupils using the latest global lockdowns to binge on Fortnite, the reality is that kids are missing out on key education due to the ongoing pandemic. This puts extra pressure on parents, who not only have to ensure that their children are able to learn from...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Cyberpunk 2077 Out of the Top 10 in Quiet Week for Games Retail

    Waiting on those January sales

    A new year has begun, but one thing remains a constant: the UK's physical games chart. The very last week of 2020 — that is, the week everyone spent inside eating chocolate for breakfast — was unsurprisingly a quiet week for boxed game sales. Most software saw a downward trend; FIFA 21 is in second place after a 55...

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Reclaims Top Spot, Cyberpunk 2077 in Eighth

    Another 57% drop in sales

    Assassin's Creed Valhalla couldn't continue its stint at the top of the UK sales charts as FIFA 21 takes first place for the week ending 26th December 2020. The top 10 list of the biggest physical sellers across the United Kingdom contains the usual suspects for the past seven days, with Ubisoft's Viking RPG slipping to...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Assassin's Creed Valhalla Grabs Christmas Number One, Cyberpunk 2077 Slips to Third

    CD Projekt RED records 80% drop in sales

    The accolade might not be quite as celebrated as the UK singles chart (remember when The X Factor dominated that thing?), but Ubisoft must surely be pretty chuffed with bagging top spot in the UK gaming sales chart for Christmas time. Assassin's Creed Valhalla marks the first time both the franchise and...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Cyberpunk 2077 the Second Biggest Launch of 2020, Sells Best on PS5, PS4

    V nice

    Cyberpunk 2077’s boxed sales in the UK couldn’t best FIFA 21’s debut, meaning the anticipated CD Projekt RED role-playing game will end the year as the second-biggest launch of 2020. In terms of physical sales, the game sold best by far on the PlayStation 4, accounting for 60 per cent of the sales. Of course, the release will have...

  • News Gangs Are Raiding Lorries to Steal PS5 Stock

    Of course they are

    Okay, things have officially gone gaga on the PS5 stock front. The stolen Amazon UK orders were already bonkers enough – with some customers receiving alternative items they didn’t order like cat food – but now there’s a full-scale criminal operation underway, as British newspaper The Times report

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Holds Number One as Immortals Fenyx Rising Misses Top 10

    Immortals Fenyx Falling

    The latest physical UK chart is in, and it's looking pretty familiar. Cyber Monday got the week off to a good start, and it means that a discounted FIFA 21 takes the top spot once more. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War settles for second place again, and the remainder of the top 10 is fairly predictable. Assassin's Creed...

  • News UK Retailer GAME Partners with Sony for Big PS5 Giveaway

    £10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs

    UK retailer GAME rolled out a ton of new PS5 stock today, and as Christmas nears it’s partnering with PlayStation once more for a big PlayStation 5 giveaway. Effectively, between the hours 3PM to 5PM GMT on 7th December, 8th December, 10th December, 15th December, and 17th December, you’ll need to search for...

  • News PS5 Is UK's Best-Selling Console in November 2020

    Not a huge surprise

    Unsurprisingly, having already secured the UK’s largest ever launch, the PlayStation 5 was the country’s best-selling console in November 2020. It means that, for only the third time in two years, the Nintendo Switch was forced to settle for second-place. It was a worthy competitor for Sony’s new system, seeing a 63.1 per...

  • News Stolen PS5 Orders Finally Prompt Action from Amazon UK

    Replacements guaranteed

    Our managing director Ant Dickens’ ongoing PlayStation 5 launch nightmare has been the subject of much discussion ever since the system released last month. For those of you who weren’t aware, a worrying number of next-gen Amazon UK orders were stolen in November, with many receiving alternative items, like dog food and...

  • News eBay Users Are Trying to Flog Photographs of the PS5

    Picture this

    We’ve already covered in detail the seedy story of scalpers who’ve been working overtime to secure PS5 stock, but how about this new low? eBay has issued a warning to sellers trying to flog photographs of the next-gen format. People are actually bidding on these listings for serious sums of money, not realising they’re effectively...

  • News BBC Consumer Show Investigating Missing PS5 Deliveries

    Amazon UK feeling the heat

    The ongoing saga involving missing PlayStation 5 deliveries has attracted attention from BBC’s consumer show Watchdog, where it featured in a recent One Show segment. You’ll recall that many next-gen consoles ordered from Amazon UK went missing on launch day, with our very own

  • News UK Sales Charts: Black Friday Deals Boost FIFA 21 to Number One

    Bargain hunting

    Don't let a lockdown get in the way of the British hunger for a good bargain. Over 1 million physical games were sold last week as retailers cut down prices for Black Friday. The real winner is FIFA 21; thanks to a reduced price, it's secured another first place result in the weekly chart. It boots Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to...

  • News Sony Reduces Cyberpunk 2077's UK PS Store Price

    Refunds those who already pre-ordered

    Sony has knocked £5 off the PlayStation Store price of Cyberpunk 2077 in the UK, making it £49.99 as opposed to £54.99. That brings it right in line with the retail edition, which Amazon UK is flogging with some exclusive Night City postcards for £49.99 as well. In fact, if you purchase your PSN credit from...

  • News UK Scalper Group Claims It's Snagged 3,500 PS5 Consoles

    That's a lot

    PS5 stock is borderline impossible to find right now, and consoles are selling for over £1,000/$1,500 on eBay – significantly more than Sony’s recommended retail price. Now an interview with Business Insider has shed light on the sordid reseller

  • News UK Sales Charts: Spider-Man Is PS5's Hero While Call of Duty Shoots to Number One

    Coming out swinging

    Last week saw the release of PlayStation 5 in the UK, and it's clear which of its launch games has risen to the occasion. In the latest boxed games chart, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is PS5's biggest launch game, maintaining a healthy position at number three with 60 per cent of sales on the next-gen version. Other PS5...

  • News Amazon UK Responds to Stolen PS5 Delivery Claims

    What's going on?

    Update 2: We asked Amazon UK why isn't it possible to prioritise affected customers for the next wave of stock, who replied that they "have shared this with the relevant teams" and "don’t have any details on this now". Finally, we asked whether Amazon UK could confirm whether they are getting the police involved with their...

  • News PS5 Launch Causes Technical Issues at UK Retailers

    Delivery network also stretched

    PlayStation 5’s launch today has brought a number of UK retailers to their knees, with many scrambling to fulfil deliveries and keep their websites online. A fresh rollout of PS5 stock today temporarily slowed John Lewis’ website to a crawl, while

  • News Currys PC World Cancels PS5 Orders After Some Customers Got in Early

    Not selling any more systems today

    Snagging a PlayStation 5 is particularly difficult right now, but there was promise of new PS5 stock at UK retailer Currys PC World today. Those systems were scheduled to go on sale at 9AM GMT, but many were able to get the jump and order as early as 5:30AM GMT. Unfortunately, the retailer has since refunded those...

  • News GAME Warns UK PS5 Pre-Orders May Not Arrive on Time

    Next-gen console's size causing problems

    UK retailer GAME has informed customers just 24-hours prior to the launch of the PlayStation 5 that their console may not arrive on time. The specialist retailer explained that “due to the volume of PS5s in the UK market and the size of the product, the release has led to UK-wide delivery challenges for all...

  • News London Underground Taken Over by PS5 with Special Signs and Rebranded Stations

    Mind the hype

    Sony likes to splash the cash on marketing for its major releases, and it doesn't get more major than a whole new console. PlayStation 5 releases tomorrow in the UK (plus other regions), and to celebrate the occasion, it's bringing the hype in the most exciting way possible: public transportation. The platform holder is pulling out...

  • News UK Sales Charts: PS5 Software Disrupts the Chart as Assassin's Creed Valhalla Takes Number One

    Umbasa

    Last week, PlayStation 5 launched in certain territories, but one region that's had to wait an extra seven days is the UK. Sony's new console officially arrives in Great Britain on 19th November. However, despite not having the hardware itself, many PS5 titles have invaded the physical games chart. In terms of exclusives, Marvel's...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Watch Dogs Legion Slips and Racing Games Fall Behind in Quiet Week for PS4

    Next-gen is coming

    PlayStation 5 is so close we can taste it, and it seems the UK is reserving its pennies for the next-gen arrival. The latest chart for physical games is largely dominated by Nintendo titles, but we get the feeling that the next couple of weeks will completely transform the top 40. As it stands, FIFA 21 is yet again number one,...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Watch Dogs Legion Almost Hacks the Top Spot

    Nothing can beat FIFA, though

    After a couple of quiet weeks on PlayStation 4, the new releases calendar is beginning to get super busy. Ubisoft's Watch Dogs Legion went first, and it has debuted in number two in the UK's physical sales chart. Number one if FIFA 21, of course, which marks its fourth week at the top. Another new release has made it...

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Scores a Hat Trick in Quiet Week for Retail

    The calm before the storm?

    FIFA 21 is number one in the UK's physical games chart for the third week in a row. The series always does well in Great Britain, so it's not much of a surprise, but it's not as though it's had much competition recently. New releases have been largely very quiet on PlayStation 4, and that's evident in a largely familiar...

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Number One While Marvel's Avengers Leaves the Top 10

    *Finger snap*

    The latest data on the UK's spending habits on physical games has arrived, and it's nothing particularly surprising. FIFA 21 is the latest FIFA entry, so by default it becomes the country's best-selling game. It's number one for the second week in a row, with the majority of sales coming in for the PlayStation 4 version. After a wall...

  • News UK Sales Charts: FIFA 21 Physical Sales Suffer Unsurprising Decline

    Still the biggest release of the year

    With the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the high street and more consumers choosing digital than ever before, FIFA 21’s physical sales are down year-over-year in the UK. EA Sports’ latest soccer sim sold 42 per cent fewer copies than its predecessor, but still managed to cement itself as the biggest...

  • News PS5 Accessories Release Dates Bumped Up in UK

    Now due out on 12th November

    You’ll be able to get your hands on the DualSense controller before your PlayStation 5 arrives, as it appears Sony is bumping up the release date of all its next-gen accessories in the UK. While the console is still not scheduled to launch until 19th November on these once sacred shores, the manufacturer’s roster of...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Physical Crash 4 Sales Down 80% on N. Sane Trilogy

    But still top of the charts

    We’re in the middle of a pandemic, a month away from the PlayStation 5, in a climate where more and more players are selecting digital software – but despite all of that, Activision will surely be disappointed with Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time’s opening UK physical sales. To be fair, the title did top the...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Mafia Makes the Top 10 Not Once But Twice

    Organised legal activity

    Publisher 2K will be very happy to see Mafia has launched in the UK's physical top 10 twice. If you're wondering how, don't worry — there's no underhanded criminal work going on, there are just two different ways to buy Mafia. Debuting in third place is Mafia: Definitive Edition, the remake of the very first entry in the...

  • News UK Retailer GAME Quietly Adds £10 Delivery Charge to PS5 Pre-Orders

    Upping the cost

    UK retailer GAME sold through its initial allocation of PlayStation 5 consoles, but should it get any more stock over the coming days, you’ll now have to pay an additional £9.99 delivery fee. This is despite the company previously promoting its free delivery policy. It’s worth noting that the alteration is not retroactive, so...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Mario Forces Avengers and Tony Hawk Down the Top 10

    All-Stars

    Marvel's Avengers has been sitting pretty atop the UK's physical games chart for two weeks in a row, but it's now been dethroned by a certain moustachioed plumber. It's had to settle for number two, while Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 has kickflipped down into fourth place. A couple of new PlayStation 4 releases make their way into the top...

  • News PS5 Is Breaking Pre-Order Records at Some Retailers

    Hot cakes

    You might've noticed already, but PlayStation 5 is proving to be extremely popular. PS5 pre-orders have been going up on a shop by shop basis, and everyone's been scrambling trying to secure their console. As we've seen several times over the last few days, however, stock allocations are vanishing within minutes of store pages going live...

  • News PS5 Pre-Orders Are Live on UK Retailer Box Right Now

    Get the page ready

    Update: The site seems to be having technical trouble due to high traffic. Hopefully it comes back soon. Original Story: Have you managed to get your PS5 pre-orders in yet? Sony's next-gen machine is proving to be highly sought after, would you believe it, and stock allocations are running out in minutes. If you're in the UK, a...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Marvel's Avengers Triumphs Over Tony Hawk for a Second Week

    Not a superman

    Last week saw the release of both Marvel's Avengers and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, and predictably, both ended up atop the UK's physical charts. It's hardly a surprise that this latest chart sees them maintain their respective positions in first and second. The skateboarding remake might be pretending to be a superman, but it can't...

  • News UK Retail Software Sales Are Skewing Heavily Towards PS4

    Big games sell best on Sony's system

    Software splits aren’t generally talked about this late into a generation, but it’s interesting how engaged the PlayStation 4 audience continues to be – especially when it comes to retail releases. Early sales data for Marvel’s Avengers and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate 1 + 2 is in, and both games performed...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Avengers at Number 1, But Sells Less Than a Third of What Spider-Man PS4 Managed

    Tony Hawk also charts

    In rather predictable fashion, Marvel's Avengers has stormed to the top of the UK physical charts. Square Enix's hero-based brawler beat out Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 to secure the summit, but it sounds like its numbers aren't anything to write home about just yet. As Games Industry reports, Avengers sold less than a third...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Madden 21 Breaches Top 10 in Slow Week for PS4

    Good sport

    If the latest charts are anything to go by, not much happened at UK games retail last week. The physical charts are much the same as they were seven days ago, with most of the top 10 games remaining in place. Marvel's Spider-Man benefited from a surge last week, but has now moved down to 14th. Taking its spot in the top 10 is Madden NFL...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Spider-Man PS4 Back in Top 10, PGA Tour 2K21 Almost a Hole in One

    Spidey returns

    PGA Tour 2K21 came mightily close to leaving its competition in the dirt last week as the only new entry in the UK sales chart hit the green in the number two spot. It couldn't conquer the cutesy might of Nintendo Switch exclusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but the rare appearance of a golfing title in the United Kingdom's top 10...

  • News FIFA 20 Sold More Than Any Other Game During UK Lockdown

    GTA5 sells big too

    As football leagues across the UK were put on hold during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, supporters turned to FIFA 20 to live out their team's hopes and dreams. The EA Sports-published title was the best-selling game during lockdown across the nation, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V taking the...

  • News UK Sales Charts: UFC 4 Dominates as Ghost of Tsushima Falls Back

    A new champ

    The UK does love a good sports sim, so it's only natural that EA Sports UFC 4 takes the top spot. Launching at the end of last week, the series makes its return with a number one debut at physical retail. The new release pushes other big sellers down a place or two, although some top 10 mainstays refuse to give in. Ghost of Tsushima was...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Ghost of Tsushima Settles for Second as The Last of Us 2 Exits Top 10

    Taken down a peg

    After a three-week stint as king of the castle, Ghost of Tsushima takes second place in the latest UK physical chart. The open world samurai adventure has been doing very well for itself since release last month, becoming Sony's fastest selling new IP on PlayStation 4, but its claim to the top spot couldn't last forever. Similarly,...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Ghost of Tsushima Takes Top Spot for a Third Week

    Destroy All Humans, Skater XL debut

    There's nothing stopping Ghost of Tsushima right now. The popular PlayStation 4 exclusive has claimed first place in the UK sales charts for a third week in a row since its launch, equalling the stint that The Last of Us: Part II boasted of in top spot throughout June and July. It had to fend off competition from...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Ghost of Tsushima Retains First Place in Slow PS4 Week

    Samurai masterclass

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Ghost of Tsushima has found itself at the top of the UK sales chart for the second week running. This means it has just one more week at the top to go before it matches the The Last of Us: Part II's record last month. It'll have to fend off some mighty competition from Nintendo titles in order to do that,...

  • News UK Sales Charts: Ghost of Tsushima Is the Next PS4 Exclusive to Get Top Spot

    The Last of Us 2 in fifth

    Ghost of Tsushima is the second big PlayStation 4 exclusive of the summer, and just like last month's counterpart, it has debuted in first place in the UK sales charts. The latest open world experience from Sucker Punch Productions didn't manage to come close to the sales figures of The Last of Us: Part II, as noted by...

  • News UK Sales Charts: F1 2020 Races Past The Last of Us 2 for Pole Position

    Victory lap

    It was going to happen sooner or later -- The Last of Us: Part II has been booted off the top spot in the UK's physical chart. After three weeks at number one, the Naughty Dog title is now in third place. Racing sim F1 2020 takes its place on top of the podium. Elsewhere, Marvel's Iron Man VR is still just about in the top 10; it's...