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PS5 sales hit 1 million in UK – GAME restock due on Thursday


Britain’s favourite console (pic: Sony)

The PS5 is now officially the fastest selling video game console ever in the UK… and you might even be able to buy one this week.

You might already have assumed it was, given it’s already been named the fastest-selling console ever in the US, but the PlayStation 5 has now officially earned that accolade in the UK as well.

It’s an achievement that is genuinely extraordinary given that the console is still extremely hard to get hold of and rarely remains in stock at any store for more than 30 minutes.

That’s unlikely to change until at least next year but the frequency with which stores get new stock has been steadily increasing over the last few months, with GAME due to get a major restock this week.

Hardware (and software) numbers are rarely revealed for the UK but according to GamesIndustry.biz the PlayStation 5 passed the 1 million sales mark in August, a mere 39 weeks after launch.

That means that, despite the stock issues, the console reached the milestone three weeks faster than the PlayStation 4, which had no stock problems and until now was the fastest selling console in the UK.

Unlike previous console generations, the PlayStation 5 has faced stiff competition from both Nintendo and Microsoft, with the Nintendo Switch being the second best seller in recent months and the Xbox Series X/S, which is also supply constrained, the third.

However, any direct comparison between the sales of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S are still relatively meaningless until both consoles are easily available, which isn’t likely to be any time soon.

Both now got new influxes of stock on an almost weekly basis, with GAME believed to be getting more on Thursday, September 30, between 9am and 11.30am.

That’s not an official announcement but high sales or not, following rumours and getting up early to pounce on stock as soon as it’s available, has been the only way for most people to get a next gen console.

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