Grand Theft Auto 5 ends Elden Ring’s reign at #1 | UK digital cards
Grand Theft Auto 5 was the best-selling game in the UK last week, according to the latest data from GSD.
Gran Turismo 7 may have been the biggest physical game of the past week, but Rockstar’s action title has comfortably topped the digital charts thanks to the new PS5 and Xbox Series X and S release. The new edition is the second biggest digital launch of the year behind Elden Ring.
In terms of purely digital sales, 55% of GTA 5 units were sold on PS5, 35% on Xbox Series, 6% on Xbox One, 3% on PC, and 1% on PS4.
These percentages will be influenced by the different ways this game has launched on the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
The PS5 version of GTA 5 has a launch price of £8.75, while the Xbox Series S and X version costs £17.49. Indeed, Sony has signed a three-month contract with Rockstar which offers its players a free copy of GTA Online. GTA Online is available separately, but it also comes bundled with GTA 5, which is why the PS5 version of the main game is cheaper than the Xbox edition.
This chart only tracks premium games, not free games. Therefore, GTA Online’s position at #3 is based solely on Xbox Series S and X sales.
Elsewhere, Elden Ring slips to No. 2 on the digital charts after a 39% drop in week-on-week sales. Elden Ring is already the third biggest game release of the last 12 months, behind FIFA 22 and Call of Duty: Vanguard. So far, 72% of its sales have been made through digital stores.
There were two other new additions to the Digital Top Ten. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin debuted at No. 8. 83% of downloads were on PlayStation platforms, the rest on Xbox. And just sneaking into the chart is Persona 4: Arena Ultimax at No. 10, which launched on PC.
Finally, last week’s new release, WWE 2K22, drops from #4 to #2 after a 64% drop in downloads week over week.
Here’s the GSD UK Digital Top Ten (week ending March 20):
|1||Grand Theft Auto 5 (Rockstar)|
|2||Elden Ring (Bandai Namco)|
|3||grand theft auto online|
|4||WWE 2K22 (2K Games)|
|5||WWE 2K22 (2K Games)|
|6||Gran Turismo 7 (Sony)|
|7||F1 2021 (EA/Codemasters)|
|8||Stranger from Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin (Square Enix)|
|9||Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar)|
|ten||Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (Sega)|
GSD digital data includes participating companies’ games sold via Steam, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Nintendo Eshop. Participating companies are Activision Blizzard, Bandai Namco, Big Ben Interactive, Capcom, Codemasters, Electronic Arts, Focus Home Interactive, Koch Media, Konami, Microids, Microsoft, Milestone, Paradox Interactive, Quantic Dream, Sega, Sony, Square Enix, Strelka , Take-Two, Ubisoft and Warner Bros. Nintendo and Bethesda are the notable absentees, alongside smaller studios.