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Vinyl tops sales of PlayStation games, but not Nintendo Switch games in the UK

Vinyl will be the second largest entertainment format in the UK in 2022, according to new research.

According to the Entertainment Retailers Association, only Nintendo Switch games outsell vinyl this year, despite a 12.5% ​​year-on-year decline, with record sales up 12.2%.

Vinyl sales were £80.9m in 2022, up from £72.1m at the same time last year, according to the ERA.

The format also outperformed PlayStation games, which were up 6.5% year-on-year, and CDs, which were down 8.1%.

OLED model of the Nintendo Switch. Credit: Nintendo

“The rise and rise of vinyl seems unstoppable,” said ERA CEO Kim Bailey. “For a 74-year-old analog format, the technology eclipse of the digital age of gaming platforms is quite unusual. Ten years after vinyl’s long renaissance, it’s certainly here to stay.

This comes after 2021 vinyl record sales were the highest in 30 years despite widely publicized issues of back orders and delays.

More than five million vinyl records were sold last year, up 8% from 2020, according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). This is the 14th year in a row that the format has increased its sales, with vinyl producing up to 23 percent of all albums sold.

The best-selling vinyl album of 2021 was ABBA’s ‘Voyage’ comeback, while Adele’s massive ’30’ and Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ – NME Album of the Year – also sold well on wax.

Campaigns such as LoveRecordStores, Record Store Day, and National Album Day have also helped increase sales for independent record stores and specialty chains.

Meanwhile, according to a new study, Glasgow was recently named the UK’s vinyl collecting capital.

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