Did you miss a session from GamesBeat Summit 2022? All sessions are available to stream now. Watch now.
Nintendo Switch’s unprecedented sales success continued through the end of its 12th month, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 outsold its competition in February. The NPD Group released its monthly game-industry report today, and it has found that console hardware across the board continues to fly off shelves.
“Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in February,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said today. “And it remains the best-selling console year to date.”
Once again, this doesn’t mean that Microsoft’s Xbox is in trouble. Piscatella points out that Microsoft’s and Nintendo’s consoles drove most of the 55-percent year-over-year sales growth to $316 million last month.
All three consoles hitting different audiences — or even overlapping with gaming-crazy big spenders — is why so far in 2018 spending on hardware has grown 79 percent to $594 million compared to the same period in 2017.
And when we talk hardware sales, we have to talk about the Switch.
“Nintendo Switch remains on a record-setting sales pace,” said Piscatella. “Over the first twelve months in market, Nintendo Switch has achieved the highest installed base for a console platform in history.”
So as I said last month, the console-hardware space is vibrant and health. On a historic level, this is maybe the strongest trio of active consoles ever.
GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Learn more about membership.