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GSD European sales January 2024- PS5#1 / FC24#1 TLOU2R#2 Hogwarts#3

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12.14 million video games were sold across European markets, a drop of 7.3% over the same period the year before, GSD data reveals.

The data covers all physical game sales and digital game sales from most major games publishers (Nintendo is the notable absentee).

EA Sports FC 24 was comfortably the No.1 game, with January unit sales that are almost identical to what FIFA 23 managed during the same period in 2023.

The best-selling new game of the month was The Last of Us: Part 2 Remastered. The PlayStation game's opening two weeks was more than two and a half times bigger than The Last of Us: Part 1, which launched in September 2022. The Last of Us: Part 2 did have an upgrade offer, where owners of the PS4 version could get the remastered edition at a heavily reduced price. Also, the PS5 install base has grown substantially since Part 1 was released.

Tekken 8 debuts at No.7. It's a strong release for the Bandai Namco fighting game, with sales up over 80% compared to the debut week of Street Fighter 6. Tekken typically has a stronger following in Europe than Capcom's friendly rival.

Leaping up the charts this week is Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The Ninja Theory game had a steep discount on Steam, causing the game to rocket up the charts to No.8. A sequel is due to arrive in May.

Also making it into the Top Ten this week is Ubisoft's new Prince of Persia game, The Lost Crown, which debuts at No.9.

Of course Palworld would likely have made the charts, but the data only covers digital games from most major publishers.

Over in the world of console hardware, across tracked European markets, console sales reached nearly 475,000 units over January, a slight dip of 1.4% over the year before (the data does not cover UK or Germany). Strong sales of PS5 (which was still suffering stock shortages across Europe a year ago), was offset by a sharp decline in Nintendo Switch sales. Nintendo Switch is approaching its seventh anniversary, and a successor console is expected to arrive this year. There was also a slight dip in Xbox Series S and X sales.

1.8 million peripherals and accessories were sold in January, which is also a drop of 1.4% over the year before.

European GSD January 2024 Top 10 (Digital + Physical)​

PositionTitle
1EA Sports FC 24 (EA)
2The Last of Us: Part 2 Remastered (Sony)
3Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros)
4Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Activision Blizzard)
5Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)
6Tekken 8 (Bandai Namco)
7Super Mario Bros Wonder (Nintendo)*
8Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (Microsoft)
9Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (Ubisoft)
10Need for Speed: Heat (EA)

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Over in the world of console hardware, across tracked European markets, console sales reached nearly 475,000 units over January, a slight dip of 1.4% over the year before (the data does not cover UK or Germany). Strong sales of PS5 (which was still suffering stock shortages across Europe a year ago), was offset by a sharp decline in Nintendo Switch sales. Nintendo Switch is approaching its seventh anniversary, and a successor console is expected to arrive this year. There was also a slight dip in Xbox Series S and X sales.

January 2023 console sales for comparision:

"In terms of console sales, 493,000 games machines were sold across tracked European markets in January (data doesn't include UK or Germany. For UK data, click here).

It's a rise of 15.5% over last January, and is entirely due to a massive 202% rise in PS5 sales across the continent. The PS5 was in short supply last January, but things have improved significantly.

PS5 was the No.1 console of the month, just ahead of Nintendo Switch (sales down 11% over January 2022) and then Xbox Series X and S (sales down 32%)."
 
My rough estimates

January 2023:

PS5: 225K
NWS: 220K
XBS: 45K

January 2024:

PS5: 280K (up yoy 20%) Based on "strong result"
NWS: 150K (down 30%) Based on sharp decline and also decline in UK is similar
XBS: 45K (about same)
 
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My rough estimates

January 2023 estimates:

PS5: 225K
NWS: 220K
XBS: 45K

January 2024 estimates:

PS5: 280K (up yoy 20%) Based on "strong result"
NWS: 150K (down 30%) Based on sharp decline and also decline in UK is similar
XBS: 45K (about same)

Maybe sales across EU coming

 
Really wish we got some numbers on the units sold, I'm curious for the performance of Tekken and Prince of Persia but I think the latter will be swept under the rug by the time of the next financial report from Ubisoft to adress the flop of Skull & Bones, or we'll just get a "PoP couldn't offset the losses of S&B" which isn't something the game was expected to do to begin with.
 
My rough estimates

January 2023:

PS5: 225K
NWS: 220K
XBS: 45K

January 2024:

PS5: 280K (up yoy 20%) Based on "strong result"
NWS: 150K (down 30%) Based on sharp decline and also decline in UK is similar
XBS: 45K (about same)

Looks about right, PS5 maybe a bit too high at 280K.
PS4 generally did 4-4.6M in EU from IDG data. That usually translates to 1.5-2M Nov+Dec and 2.5-3M for the other 10 months, so an avg of 250-300K.

And we say XBS do 50K in Oct and Nov last year
 
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