After the Xbox Series X/S topped the US game console sales charts in March based solely on how much money they brought in, things returned to normal in April, according to statistics announced today by the NPD† The PS5 led April in dollar sales, in line with what we saw when retailers appeared to have more consoles in stock last month than for most of 2022. It was followed by the Xbox platform and then Nintendo.
The Switch did lead the month in unit sales, however, and the NPD says it has now surpassed Sony’s PlayStation 4 in terms of lifetime sales in the US, making it the fourth best-selling console ever, behind the PS2. Xbox 360 and Wii.
The other notable hit remains Elden Ringwho sold enough games in April to fall behind #2 on the list Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga† utilities Elden Ring Not only is it the best-selling game of 2022 (and home to gaming’s newest folk hero, Let me solo her), but it’s also the best-selling game of the past 12 months overall, with a crown usually held by the most recent Duty†
According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, industry spending is still well above its usual pre-pandemic level, but data from Sensor Tower shows that the amount spent on mobile games has fallen 10 percent from the same period in 2017. 2021.