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Global top-selling console games in 2018, by unit sales

Top-selling console games worldwide in 2018, by unit sales (in millions)

by Christina Gough, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Global top-selling console games in 2018, by unit sales Red Dead Redemption 2 was the much-anticipated sequel to Rockstar’s 2010 classic, Red Dead Redemption. Despite only being released in October 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 ended the year as the top-selling console game, with almost 14 million units sold worldwide for PlayStation 4. A further 5.77 million copies of the game were sold for Xbox One, bringing the total to almost 20 million for the year. 
Is Call of Duty’s popularity starting to shrink?

The Call of Duty series of games has been a mainstay in the top-selling games lists for many years. In 2018, the latest offering in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, sold a combined 14 million units worldwide on PlayStation and Xbox One. However, figures suggest that the series is suffering a dip in popularity in recent years. The most popular title in the series, 2011’s Modern Warfare 3, shifted 30.71 million copies worldwide, significantly higher than the unit sales of the most recent editions – Call of Duty WWII in 2017 and the aforementioned Black Ops IIII in 2018.  

PlayStation king of the consoles?

With all three of the top-selling console games in 2018 being for PlayStation 4, it appears that Sony is not loosening its grip on the console market. Sony has also expanded into the virtual reality gaming market with the release of PlayStation VR in October 2016. In just over two years, the virtual reality headset has sold over four million units. Nintendo are hot on Sony’s heels with their console, the Nintendo Switch. The Switch has sold over 32 million units worldwide since its release in March 2017. Unsurprisingly, Nintendo’s Super Mario Universe of games are proving particularly popular and dominate the list of bestselling Switch games worldwide.  
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Top-selling console games worldwide in 2018, by unit sales (in millions)

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