GSD, an analysis and statistical research company, has released its latest report on the European video game market. The PS5 has continued to perform well in Europe and the shortages seem to be a thing of the past, as expected.
According to GSD, console sales have increased by 41% with 1.5 million units sold compared to the first quarter of 2022. However, not all consoles are performing equally well.
Looking closer, the PS5 has seen an exceptional increase in sales of 369%, while Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch sales have respectively decreased by 10% and 18%.
Several possible explanations for these figures. Firstly, Europe has historically been a PlayStation territory and Microsoft’s consoles have always lagged behind Sony’s. Additionally, during the shortages, there were few Xbox Series X and many Series S consoles available, suggesting that early adopters are already equipped and making way for those who were waiting to find a PS5 in stock.
In terms of Xbox, the company’s focus on Game Pass and lack of major releases may have had an impact. As for Nintendo, the situation is more natural, with a huge installed base and a console that is slowly approaching the end of its life cycle. The impact of the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom on total sales remains to be seen.