What you need to know
- The monthly sales charts for consoles, accessories, and games for April, 2021 in the UK have been broken down.
- According to the report, the Xbox Series X|S duo comfortably passed the PS5 amidst its lagging supply.
- The Nintendo Switch retained its top spot, however, where it continues to dominate console sales.
- The Xbox Wireless Controller also beat out the PS5 DualSense for best-selling controller in the UK.
The latest sales data for game consoles, video games, and console accessories for the United Kingdom for the month of April, 2021 has been broken down courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz. which gives us some insight into the state of the market right now. Most notably, according to the report, the Nintendo Switch continues to dominate the sales chart relentlessly. It retains its number one spot out of over 90,000 consoles sold in the UK over the four-week period. On the other hand, the PS5 actually fell several spots due to a severe drop in supply, even being bested by the aging PS4 group of consoles.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S saw the opposite result in April, as additional supply made them the second best-selling consoles behind the Switch. Reports have shown that the Switch and PS5 have been mostly neck-in-neck for sales throughout 2021, but GamesIndustry.biz mentions that the Xbox Series X|S are "fast catching up."
This effect also translated to accessory sales, as the new Xbox Wireless Controller (specifically the Carbon Black coloration) was the best-selling controller of April in the UK, with the PS5's DualSense being pushed to the second spot. Interestingly, increased PS4 sales pushed the DualShock 4 up a full fifteen places to number five on the list.
It's always interesting to see what people are buying, but overall supply plays a huge role in the success of consoles and accessories. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S have been hit with continued supply shortages, which are likely to persist for quite a bit longer. These shortages have made the consoles frustratingly difficult to find, leading to Microsoft implementing a Console Purchase Pilot Program for dedicated Xbox fans still looking for their own next-gen console.
In slightly happier news, Xbox and Halo are celebrating their 20 year anniversary in 2021, and they want fans to come along for the six-month ride. Show your love for Xbox by playing some of the best Xbox games, and watch Windows Central for all the news heading to players in 2021.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.