Xbox Series lost only to Switch (US)

US consumers are spending less on games after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to NPD Group. This opens up the advantage of cheaper and/or more economical consoles, especially the Xbox Series S.

Xbox Series X is Between us? (Credit: Xbox Wire)

Let’s take a look at the June numbers for the world’s second largest gaming market below. The calculated period was five weeks from May 29 to July 2, 2022.

A collection of game sales in the United States
Period → June (2021) June (2022) the difference
Software: Games, subscriptions, MTX and DLC
(Includes consoles, PC, VR and mobile)
$4.27 billion $3.79 billion – 11%
hardware $401 million $371 million – 8%
accessories 206 million USD $176 million – 15%
all: $4.88 billion $4.34 billion – 11%

According to NPD Group analyst Matt Piscatella, subscription growth has yet to offset revenue declines in other market segments. PlayStation 5 revenue was still just shy of the month of June, with double-digit growth compared to the month of June 2021.

Accumulated Collection (US Retail)
Period → From January to June
from 2021
From January to June
from 2022
the difference
Software: Games, subscriptions, MTX and DLC
(Includes consoles, PC, VR and mobile)
25.72 billion USD 23.09 billion USD – 10%
hardware $2.35 billion $2.13 billion – 9%
accessories 1.22 billion USD 1.05 billion USD – 14%
all: $29.29 billion 26.27 billion USD – 10%

In the accumulated we see a drop in supply of accessories caused by the shortage of chips. This may explain how the “old” Xbox Elite Series 2 controller led in revenue in the first half, even with the Black DualSense leading the way in June.

Here are the top-selling games for the days between May 29 and July 2, 2022, according to NPD Group:

US sales rankings for June 2022

NPD Group’s data includes not only standalone software sold on physical media, but Also games sold on PSN, Steam and Xbox Live.

  1. Ring of Elden;
  2. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga;
  3. Mario Strikers: Battle League *;
  4. MLB Show 22 #;
  5. overwatch;
  6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe *;
  7. Nintendo Switch Sports *;
  8. Kirby and the Forgotten Land *;
  9. Final Fantasy VII Remake;
  10. Minecraft.

* Physical media only.
# Excludes Xbox and Switch digital sales.

And we have it again Ring of Elden is the best selling game of the month. It is also the best seller of the year in the US: for five months it has been available on the market, Ring of Elden led for four months.

Mario Strikers: Battle League Already debuting as the 3rd bestseller of the month based on physical copies sold alone, in a market that doesn’t really like our football. closing out the top 5, overwatch It rose from 57th on the NPD in May to 5th in June, thanks to the launch of the beta. Overwatch 2 at the end of the month.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Returned to the top 10 thanks to promotional events celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original game. Interestingly, in May, the FF7R ranked 159th in North American sales. The last time such a game appeared in NPD’s top ten was in May 2020.


Xbox Series X|S outsells PS5 in Japan by two weeks (Credit: GameNews24)

As for consoles, PlayStation 5 achieved the highest revenue of all major platforms, both in June 2022 and in the first half. On the other hand, Nintendo Switch led the sales in the month of June and accumulated the first half of 2022.

The Switch’s installed base surpassed PS4’s in the US in April. However, the hybrid console is the fourth best-selling console in this market, behind only the PS2, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.

In terms of sales, even with higher revenue in the semester, the PS5 ranks third in the United States. Sony’s console took the No. 2 spot in June, behind the leader Switch, but for six months, the Xbox Series X|S platform was ranked No. 2 in the US.

This means that in North American sales, the Xbox Series S edged out the Xbox Series platform over the PS5, as Microsoft’s console makes less revenue because the Series S is cheaper, but in return, the platform sells more units overall.

Unfortunately, it’s not known for sure what the Xbox series’ numerical advantage over the PS5 would be in the US, as no reliable numbers have been leaked since March.

Hardware sales in the United States (2022)
Platform March April May June
Nintendo Switch (well) more than
433,000 units
1 place
Data not available
1 place
Data not available
1 place
Data not available
PlayStation 5 3rd place
Data not available
Data not available Data not available vice leader
Data not available
Xbox Series X|S more than
433,000 units
vice leader
Data not available
vice leader
Data not available
Data not available

Sources: Games Industry, IGN US, Install Base, NeoGAF, NPD Group, ResetEra, and Venture Beat.

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