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Switch games are 2022's highest-grossing entertainment product in the UK at ?88.7m

PlayStation boxed titles are third biggest money maker at ?79.6 million, just shy of vinyl sales

Boxed copies of Nintendo Switch games are the biggest entertainment products of 2022 so far at UK retail, in terms of revenue generated.

A new report from the Entertainment Retailers Association shows that Switch game sales reached £88.7 million since January 1 – although this is 12.5% down when compared to this time last year.

PlayStation – combining physical games for both PS4 and PS5 – was the next highest games format at £79.6 million, up 6.5% year-on-year.

In 2021, PlayStation was second only to Switch but this year has to settle for third place after vinyl album sales grew 6.5% to £80.9 million.

Xbox software sales – encompassing both Xbox One and Series X|S boxed games – came in at No.7 with sales of £17.8 million, down 14.3%. It beats only PC, which saw sales drop 30.7% to £579,986.

Ahead of Xbox were CDs at £68.9 million, DVDs at £66.8million and Blu-Ray at £52.1 million. Only the latter grew when compared to this time in 2021, up 10%.

Combined, video games retail revenues of £186.6 million far outstrip music's £149.8 million and film and TV's £118.9 million.

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James Batchelor: James is Editor-in-Chief at GamesIndustry.biz, and has been a B2B journalist since 2006. He is author of The Best Non-Violent Video Games
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