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PS5 hits 2m UK sales, making it the fourth fastest-selling games console of all time

GfK data reveals that PS5 has delivered the highest revenue of any consoles at two million units

The PlayStation 5 has broken past two million sales in the UK.

It is the fourth fastest home console to reach the figure, matching the PS3 but behind the PS4 (No.3), the PS2 (No.2) and Nintendo Wii (No.1). All data is courtesy of GfK.

The console's performance has been held back due to stock shortages. Nevertheless, it is the most lucrative console to reach two million sales, having generated £919 million. By comparison, Wii had generated £358 million at two million sales, PS4 £700 million and Xbox One (the previous highest) £726 million.

"Given the stock problems surrounding PS5 it is fair to say it would have easily outpaced PS3 to 2m units," says GfK boss Dorian Bloch. "One thing that is clear, the significantly higher price of PS5 has not hindered sales, with consumers willing to pay the £105 premium that is shown on the average price of both consoles over this 2m unit period. PS5 has delivered the highest revenue for any console at two million units.

"Xbox One took 104 weeks to reach two million, exactly two years, and Xbox 360 took 110 weeks, which was 2.12 years. Although the Xbox 360 was slower to this mark than Xbox One, Xbox 360 overtook Xbox One after three years and remains Microsoft biggest install, with around nine million in the UK.

"The Switch took a relatively long time to reach two million units sold at 2.69 years. However, with the introduction of Switch Lite after 2.5 yearsand the subsequent massive boost the console received after the COVID-19 Lockdown, plus the fact that system-seller Zelda launches next year, means the Switch is set to add decent numbers to the install base."

The UK's Fastest Consoles To Two Million Sales

Pos Console Weeks to 2m Revenue Average Price Released
1 Wii 57 £358m £179 2006
2 PS2 60 £469m £234 2000
3 PS4 75 £700m £350 2013
4 PS5 98 £919m £455 2020
4 PS3 98 £638m £318 2007
6 Xbox One 104 £726m £359 2013
7 Xbox 360 110 £507m £2532005
8 PS1 114 £358m £179 1995
9 Nintendo Switch 140 £559m £279 2017
10 Xbox 162 £280m £140 2002

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Chris is a 15-year games business veteran. He spent nine years at UK business weekly MCV, including five years as editor. He joined GI in 2016 and oversees editorial, sales and events worldwide. He is the architect behind Best Places To Work Awards and GI Live. And is a tiny bit obsessed with market data. He also writes for Doctor Who Magazine. Because Doctor Who is awesome.

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