Black Friday has had a huge effect on the UK sales chart, with PlayStation VR hardware sales at their highest since launch.
With Black Friday having lasted essentially the whole week, the UK top 40 has seen a sudden influx of older titles that were temporarily discounted.
But while the effect of the sales is obvious, Call Of Duty: WWII is still number one in both charts and, because it’s still new and selling very well, it barely had any discounts at all.
It was included in some hardware bundles though, which certainly would’ve helped. This also explains the sudden rise of GT Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 up the charts, which were even more common inclusions in many console bundles.
Video game software sales rose by 89% last week, making it the biggest week of the year so far – despite the lack of any prominent new releases.
According to Chart-Track this was the most successful Black Friday so far, with sales up around 3% on last year. It was particularly successful for Sony who had their best one since the launch of the PlayStation 4.
The various hardware deals on PlayStation VR also saw PlayStation VR Worlds climb to number 11 in the all formats chart, with Chart-Track revealing that hardware sales for the headset were as strong last week as they where when the hardware first launched.
Critical darling Wolfenstein II was able to re-enter the all formats software top 10 at number seven, with the two-year-old Fallout 4 also reappearing at number nine. Both are single-player Bethesda games, as is The Evil Within 2 which re-entered the charts at number 29.
The only new entries this week were also in a number of Black Friday console bundles, with Sony’s trivia game Knowledge Is Power coming in at number 14 and fellow PlayStation 4 exclusive Hidden Agenda at number 15.
This Friday sees the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 on Switch, the last major new release of the year on any console. It’s unlikely to be as big a seller as other Switch exclusives this year, but at the very least has no competition from any other new games.
UK individual formats chart – 25 November
1 (1) Call Of Duty: WWII (PS4)
2 (13)GT Sport (PS4)
3 (7) FIFA 18 (PS4)
4 (3) Call Of Duty: WWII (XO)
5 (10)FIFA 18 (XO)
6 (2) Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4)
7 (16)Forza Motorsport 7 (XO)
8 (9) Assassin’s Creed Origins (XO)
9 (8) Super Mario Odyssey (NS)
10(4) Star Wars: Battlefront II (XO)
UK all formats chart – 25 November
1 (1) Call Of Duty: WWII (PS4/XO/PC)
2 (3) FIFA 18 (PS4/XO/NS/360/PS3)
3 (12)GT Sport (PS4)
4 (2) Star Wars: Battlefront II (PS4/XO/PC)
5 (6) Assassin’s Creed Origins (XO/PS4)
6 (15)Forza Motorsport 7 (XO)
7 (18)Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (PS4/XO/PC)
8 (9) Super Mario Odyssey (NS)
9 (22)Fallout 4 (PS4/XO/PC)
10(11)Need For Speed Payback (PS4/XO/PC)