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The sales momentum of Nintendo Switch in the United States has pushed it to overtake its most important rival. Lifetime sales of the home/handheld hybrid have now surpassed the PlayStation 4, according to industry tracking firm The NPD Group.
“Nintendo Switch lifetime unit sales have now surpassed those of PlayStation 4, making it the 4th best-selling console in US history and the 6th best-selling video game hardware platform generally.”
This is a major milestone for the Nintendo console. It only puts it behind a handful of the best-selling home consoles of all time.
“In the console segment, sales of Switch units trail only those of PlayStation 2, Xbox 360 and Wii,” Piscatella said.
As usual, Switch led hardware unit sales in April and continues to overtake Xbox and PlayStation year-to-date. The Xbox Series X/S is the #2 console in both time periods while the PlayStation 5 remains limited in supply.
In terms of dollar sales, however, PlayStation came out on top.
“PlayStation 5 led April in hardware dollar sales, followed closely by Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch,” Piscatella said. “Xbox Series has generated the highest hardware dollars of any platform to date, followed by PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.”
The PlayStation 5 has the highest average retail price because it doesn’t have a $300 option like the Xbox Series S. This allows it to generate more revenue while selling its very limited console offering.
But overall, hardware saw a year-over-year increase in April thanks to increased availability. This is probably just a taste of what’s to come, as supply is unlikely to return permanently to reasonable levels before the end of this year.
“Video game hardware dollar sales increased 16% from a year ago to $343 million, driven by improved PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series console offerings,” said Piscatella. “Year-to-date hardware spending fell 9% to $1.5 billion.
But for now, the industry is enjoying its high tide. And that should help set the big companies up for the second half…if they have any games coming out, that is.
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