Skyrim VR Outsells Switch Version In UK Charts

by Jamie Feltham • November 21st, 2017

You probably knew The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim came to PlayStation VR (PSVR) last Friday; pretty much everyone with even a passing interest in VR was talking about it. But did you know the game also came to the Nintendo Switch?

Yes, Bethesda actually released two new editions of its classic RPG last Friday, both of which took the game in new directions. PSVR of course lets you explore all of Skyrim as if you were really there, while Switch’s hybrid design means you can in turn take the adventure on the go. Switch has been something of a hit since it launched earlier this year, so we were expecting that version to comfortably outsell the VR edition, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

As we reported earlier today, Skyrim VR was placed 19th on GFK’s UK games charts for the week ending November 18th. That’s pretty high up, yes, but the Switch edition of the game actually landed in 26th.

As we said in our earlier post, Skyrim was part of a huge PSVR Black Friday bundle in the UK, which knocked £140 off of the price of the headset and game together, while we haven’t seen any Skyrim and Switch bundles, so it’s likely this played a strong role in the VR version’s success.

It’s important to note the GFK can’t track digital sales, though, so it’s quite possible Switch’s digital sales turn the tide a little. And this isn’t any indication of how the game has sold in the US either, nor if either version sold to Bethesda’s expectations. Hopefully we’ll get answers to these questions in the next few weeks.


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  • drd7of14

    “It’s important to note the GFK can’t track digital sales, though, so it’s quite possible Switch’s digital sales turn the tide a little.”

    Well, the same could be say for PSN digital sales, no?

    “What-ifs” are nice and all, but have no purpose in the article, cause we won’t know those numbers on either side.

  • drd7of14

    This isn’t really a surprise that the PSVR version sold better than the Switch. The Switch version is fine, but it’s just the same version offered on the PS4/XB1/PC, except a little dumbed down in graphics quality as well as a lack of mod support.

    The PSVR isn’t a graphical showcase, as it too has its own set of issues regarding visual fidelity…But it’s in VR. It is an actual new way to play. Portable is convenient, but it doesn’t change the game. The VR version has significant differences to the gameplay experience.

    • ORION

      i don’t think there will ever be a 3rd party game that will sell more on Switch than the other platforms, that’s just a fact, no matter how much the Switch owners want to pretend that “on the go” is somehow a reason to get that version over the way superior ps4 version

      • Charles Rich

        Larger developer, there may be an exception or two (Just Dance?), but a lot of indie games have come out and said Switch sales exceeded Sony and Microsoft sales

        • ORION

          indie games are irrelevant when we’re talking about sales, we don’t care about games that sell 50-100k, we’re talking about 2-6 million sellers here, we’re talking about differences like :
          Black Ops 3, 7.5 million xb1, 15 million ps4
          GTA V 7 million xb1, 16 million ps4
          Fifa 17 4 million xb1, 11 million ps4

          that’s the kind of differences we’re talking about

  • CMcD

    I’m looking forward to this coming to PC whenever Playstations exclusive time period ends…. can’t wait for Fallout VR in a few days!