Fallout 4 sold over 5 million in first week, PS4 sales ahead of Xbox One version

According to a report on VGChartz, Bethesda’s critically acclaimed Fallout 4 sold an estimated 5.19 million units at retail in its first week on sale.

In terms of platforms, the post-apocalyptic RPG sold through an impressive 58 percent of all copies on the PlayStation 4, with 3,010,966 shifted on Sony’s current-generation console—-close to double the amount of the Xbox One version, which moved 1,729,944 units during the same period. The PC release sold just 449,694 copies, although these days the majority of Windows games are shifted digitally. 

In terms of regional breakdown, Fallout 4 performed best in North America, where it shifted 49 percent of all copies with 2,533,033 units sold. Europe moved 33 percent (1,734,654) with the U.K. accounting for over half a million sales as previously reported, followed by Germany and then France. To meet demand and launch, Bethesda revealed that it shipped a total of 12 million copies of the game to retailers globally.

Fallout 4 topped the U.K. All Format Chart upon release, becoming the region’s third biggest launch of 2015 so far. Amusingly, the day of release, PornHub noted a 10 percent dip in traffic that was attributed to Bethesda’s open-world sequel as gamers opted to eschew adult entertainment in favour of taking to the wastelands of Boston. Fallout 4 will be supported until at least late 2016 in terms of post-launch content, with development already underway of the game’s first batch of DLC.

Fallout 4 takes place in Boston, U.S., some 200 years after a nuclear war devastated the country, and like Fallout 3, players will emerge from the confines of the Vault to a post-apocalyptic wasteland inhabited by feral creatures and other hazards. Fallout 4 utilizes the Creation Engine, which was previously responsible for powering The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on last-generation consoles, though it has been modified for new hardware. Unlike previous entries in the Fallout franchise, this latest title will include full voice acting for the player character, the ‘Sole Survivor,’ and feature branching dialogue paths similar to the Mass Effect series.