NZ Game Data shows Xbox is in the Gaming Wilderness

When it comes to data on game sales, New Zealand really lags behind most countries. We have no real gaming charts, so it can be hard to see what’s popular and what’s not. It means we tend to rely on what Microsoft, Sony, and game publishers tell us, and we all know that people in marketing know how to make even the most drab figures seem out-of-this-world awesome.

Thankfully, we’ve found a way to try and work out how gaming is tracking in New Zealand, what games people are interested in and on what platforms. PriceSpy, the fully impartial price and product comparison site, regularly provides us with data on what games Kiwis are searching for, which means that, in lieu of having gaming charts in New Zealand, we can get an idea for what are the most popular games each month. After all, you don’t just randomly jump online searching game prices unless you are actually thinking about buying that game, so it’s the best way of getting information in New Zealand.

With that in mind, we’ve had a look at data over the last five months, and sadly it is not good reading for Xbox. PlayStation has absolutely dominated the lists over the past five months, which isn’t surprising given they have had a strong year with exclusives. Curiously enough though, we’ve seen some cross-platform games appear on the lists, yet not one of them has been related to Xbox platform searches. Everything on the Top 5 lists over the past five months has been for PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Don’t believe us? Take a look for yourself:

PriceSpy – Top games in August

  1. God of War (PS4)
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
  3. Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  4. FIFA 19 (PS4)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

PriceSpy Top Games for July 2018

  1. God of War (PS4)
  2. Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  4. Octopath Traveler (Switch)
  5. Gran Turismo: Sport (VR) (PS4)

PriceSpy Top Games for June 2018

  1. God of War (PS4)
  2. Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  3. Horizon: Zero Dawn Complete Edition (PS4)
  4. Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

PriceSpy Top Games for May 2018

  1. God of War (PS4)
  2. Detroit: Become Human (PS4)
  3. Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  4. Gran Turismo: Sport (VR) (PS4)
  5. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

PriceSpy Top Games for April 2018

  1. God of War (PS4)
  2. Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)
  4. Destiny 2 (PS4)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (PC)

It’s no secret that the PlayStation 4 is an unstoppable beast in the consoles sales wars, but given that the Xbox One X is a 4K gaming powerhouse, it’s a wee bit surprising that the likes of Far Cry 5 or Destiny 2 hasn’t had any Xbox search love. That in itself could be telling that regardless of what Xbox are pumping out in the way of consoles, gamers still continue to flock to the PS4 and shun Xbox. Given that Microsoft have all but given up on developing new IP, while Sony continues to invest heavily in exclusives, it could be a long time before we see Xbox make an appearance in the Top 5; unless of course Forza Horizon 4 can finally see Xbox get some love.


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  1. Simon says

    Higher graphics doesn’t mean better game. Most people don’t have a 4K tv/monitor. Xbox was initially marketed as a media box and that’s what it will be remembered as since most things on Xbox are better played on PC or PS4.
    Even Sea of Thieves, an Xbox exclusive, is better ran on PC. It’s not a good console at all.

  2. Nathan says

    That’s a pretty shit way of gathering data, you could try asking mighty ape, eb games xbox live, the playstation store and the warehouse for data, you know, where people actually buy them from in NZ.

  3. Willard says

    A better website would be mighty ape.

  4. Darcy says

    Interesting proxy approach. It would of course exclude people like me who almost exclusively buy digitally from the Xbox store. It depends how typical that is of Xbox compared to other consoles.

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