The best-selling console in the US last month was the Nintendo Switch, as reported by Mat Piscatella from NPD. While the Switch has been a big hit ever since its release in 2017, improved availability of the PlayStation 5 last year has seen the two consoles battling it out.
The main issue that all hardware manufacturers are struggling with at the moment is availability. The demand for all three platforms is incredibly high, but due to a global chip shortage, they’ve struggled to match that demand. The PlayStation 5 is notoriously difficult to get, with many people paying resellers well above the recommended retail price.
Piscatella had some other interesting stats in a lengthy Twitter thread covering February 2022. Overall, video game sales are down compared to last year, but on the bright side, Elden Ring has sold gangbusters, becoming the fifth best-selling game of the last twelve months already. If only it was on the Switch, eh? I mean, I’d take a four-frames-a-second Elden Ring just to have it on the bus.
You can check out Mat Piscatella’s tweets below.
February 2022 US NPD THREAD – February 2022 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories fell 6% when compared to a year ago, to $4.4B. Declines were experienced across all major categories of spend, with hardware showing the largest YoY % decline. pic.twitter.com/zoS5v6jN8Y
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) March 11, 2022