When it launched on PS3 and Xbox 360 at the end of last year, Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA V) quickly set several Guinness World Records. These included fastest entertainment product to gross $1 billion and the highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours.
In the UK, the crime sandbox set another record of being the highest grossing game in a single week with £94 million. And these massive sales occurred despite some fans decision to hold out for possible PS4 and Xbox One versions.
Finally released, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V have also experienced huge sales in Britain. It has now been revealed that the game is the UK's best selling game of all time.
UK chart tracking institute, Gfk Chart Track, said the following:
"In terms of all time units ‘GTA V’ was right behind ‘Black Ops’, so much so that just the Tuesday sales of ‘GTA V’ on PS4/XO were enough to also claim the all-time unit sales record in the UK."
On the back of the re-release's success, some may also ask about Rockstar's open-world cowboy caper Red Dead Redemption. GTA V has benefited from a fresh lick of paint and current gen controls so with RDR even older than GTA V, a PS4 and Xbox One re-release could improve that greatly. It would also tide fans over as they patiently await Red Dead Redemption 2.
Meanwhile, the other new releases vying for the top spot included Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. According to Chart Track's figures, FC4 came in second place with Inquisition debuting at fifth.
Far Cry 4 performed well despite being the first Far Cry game not to release on a Friday, while Inquisition's performance may seem surprising. Having reviewed well, Chart Track says that the BioWare RPG only sold as many in week one as Dragon Age 2, but that stat might be entirely correct.
It's been an oft-criticized point that Chart Track does not track any digital sales. In an age where consoles have bigger hard drives and are better equipped for large digital downloads, it does seem like an oversight that digital sales aren't considered. Furthermore, some games only release digitally and the majority of PC games are bought that way, meaning that a big chunk of sales figures are left out.
Whether this changes ahead of GTA V's PC release in January is yet to be seen, but if it does, expect the game to heavily increase its UK sales lead.
Source: Chart Track