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src said:
Sogreblute said:

From what I understand Xbox has higher digital sales compared to physical. So comparing physical sales is kinda pointless. Like, isn't that the reason vgchartz stopped tracking sales, because of the digital rise?

Do you have any data to support this?

Because the data we have actively says no, Xbox users are similar to PS users in the UK in digital consumption.

"If we purely look at digital sales, PS4 had a 41% market share, ahead of Xbox One's 26%."

62% tilt for PS.

Physical software has a 60-62% tilt for PS.

Can you share the source for the 60-62% tilt?

I have no doubt that Series XS has a notably stronger digital bias than PS5, especially more recently.

From what I'm gathering, recent physical splits are in the 68%-90%+ range in Playstation's favor depending on the game. So if last year's digital split (62%) carries over to this year, it should confirm the stronger digital bias on Xbox, which does make sense (between Game Pass discounts and Series S dominating the X, as opposed to PS5DE being dominated by the standard model).



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Guardians of the Galaxy 63% on ps5 alone.

Maybe it has nothing to do with gamepass effect. 

simply that xbs is not selling as well as we think.

"63% of launch sales were on PS5, 19% on PS4 and 18% on Xbox."

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-11-01-guardians-of-the-galaxy-and-mario-party-cant-defeat-fifa-uk-boxed-charts



My prediction in 2021.

SW: 30m

PS5 16m

XBS: 7.5m

Kyuu said:

Can you share the source for the 60-62% tilt?

I have no doubt that Series XS has a notably stronger digital bias than PS5, especially more recently.

From what I'm gathering, recent physical splits are in the 68%-90%+ range in Playstation's favor depending on the game. So if last year's digital split (62%) carries over to this year, it should confirm the stronger digital bias on Xbox, which does make sense (between Game Pass discounts and Series S dominating the X, as opposed to PS5DE being dominated by the standard model).

I mean, even if Xbox had higher digital sales, it would need 85/90% of software sales being digital, to make any real difference in these platform sales splits. Sony has about 70ish% of their software sales coming from digital in FY21 for reference. 

But as Eva posted a few pages back, overall third party sales on the Xbox ecosystem has declined, according to Microsoft. 



PotentHerbs said:
Kyuu said:

Can you share the source for the 60-62% tilt?

I have no doubt that Series XS has a notably stronger digital bias than PS5, especially more recently.

From what I'm gathering, recent physical splits are in the 68%-90%+ range in Playstation's favor depending on the game. So if last year's digital split (62%) carries over to this year, it should confirm the stronger digital bias on Xbox, which does make sense (between Game Pass discounts and Series S dominating the X, as opposed to PS5DE being dominated by the standard model).

I mean, even if Xbox had higher digital sales, it would need 85/90% of software sales being digital, to make any real difference in these platform sales splits. Sony has about 70ish% of their software sales coming from digital in FY21 for reference. 

But as Eva posted a few pages back, overall third party sales on the Xbox ecosystem has declined, according to Microsoft. 

I'm not arguing that digital sales on Xbox are higher than Playstation (they're obviously noticeably lower, even in the UK if 2020's report is anything to go by), let alone to the extent of making up for the increasing physical sales disparity. But a notably stronger digital bias can change the platform splits (physical+digital) by 10% or so. We need to be mindful of this rather than blindly applying physical split ratios on combined sales across the board.

As for Microsoft's 3rd party decline... I'm in the opinion that Game Pass will certainly hurt sales if it's not already doing that (refer to Ubisoft and Capcom's reports, both of which reveal or imply a greater Playstation domination in the last two fiscal years than 2014-2019). But I don't know if Microsoft's report proves much, because the 3rd party decline and 1st party increase can partly be blamed on or attributed to Zenimax transitioning from 3rd to 1st party. I think there would still be a decline even without that factored in, but it isn't at all concerning yet. Everything should be a lot clearer in a year though.



I remember 360 being so much bigger than PS3 in the UK, if i recall i think 360 had an install base of a touch over 9 million with PS3 having 6 million or just below around 5.9m and the big AAA 3rd party games usually sold much better on 360. Even in the early 8th gen days with all the negative publicity the Xboxone was matching the PS4 but of course it wasn't to last and it is clear that the Xbox brand is a shadow of what it used to be in the UK and this is not a contest anymore.



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ShadowLink93 said:

I remember 360 being so much bigger than PS3 in the UK, if i recall i think 360 had an install base of a touch over 9 million with PS3 having 6 million or just below around 5.9m and the big AAA 3rd party games usually sold much better on 360. Even in the early 8th gen days with all the negative publicity the Xboxone was matching the PS4 but of course it wasn't to last and it is clear that the Xbox brand is a shadow of what it used to be in the UK and this is not a contest anymore.

If you look at this graph you can see that the big increase to Playstation in software is not reflected by the hardware split. COD is at 65% despite the hardware split being only 56%



GoTG: 82/18
Riders: 72/28



src said:

Far Cry 6: 70:30
Alan Wake Remastered: 83:17
Super MonkeyBall: 23:6

Far Cry ended up being 58:42 for its launch month, physical+digital.

https://www.vgchartz.com/article/451436/switch-best-selling-console-in-the-uk-in-october-following-oled-launch/



It finally happened.

COD Vanguard: 70/30

Fortnite Pack: 43/24



jason1637 said:
src said:

Far Cry 6: 70:30
Alan Wake Remastered: 83:17
Super MonkeyBall: 23:6

Far Cry ended up being 58:42 for its launch month, physical+digital.

https://www.vgchartz.com/article/451436/switch-best-selling-console-in-the-uk-in-october-following-oled-launch/

Didn't know biz did monthly reports, wonder if we can get more data on splits now. Will check previous months to see.