If you’re trying to buy a new video game console in 2022, you probably already know that they’re still in short supply. While the Nintendo Switch (including the new Switch OLED model) and Xbox Series S are generally available in the US, it’s a little harder to get something more powerful, and the NPD data released today reflects that.
Between the Xbox Series S that consistently stays in stock and the increasingly available Xbox Series X (try opening your Best Buy app in the morning or searching local stores to find one – many have them in stock lately) Microsoft’s consoles led in hardware dollars for March 2022 and the entire first quarter in the US.
US NPD PREMIUM GAMES – Elden Ring repeated itself as the top-selling game of the month as dollar sales grew double-digit compared to its February 2022 launch. Elden Ring ranked first in dollar sales of the tracked titles on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.
— Matt Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) Apr 25, 2022
Nintendo’s convertible game system still sold the most units for both time periods, but higher Xbox prices (when the Series S isn’t discounted) and PlayStation 5 offerings that still can’t meet demand combined to create a streak of either making the Switch or PS5 top any lists for the past year or so.
According to statistics released by NPD video game analyst Mat Piscatella, industry hardware sales were $515 million in March (24 percent less than in 2021) and $1.2 billion in the first quarter (-15 percent). less than 2021). Despite this, it’s the best March result for Xbox hardware sales in a long time, with the most unit sales since March 2011 and the most March revenue since 2014, just a few months after the Xbox One was released.
Like February, Elden Ring was the best-selling game of March, followed by Gran Turismo 7†