The PS5 is certainly doing well, especially in the United States Of America. In its first five months on the market, the PlayStation 5 is now the fastest-selling console in U.S. history in terms of both unit and dollar sales.
That’s impressive, considering that the Xbox’s hold in the U.S. is pretty strong compared to other countries in the world. According to statistics provided by the NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, this breaks the record held by any other video game console before it (unit and dollar sales within the first five months).
Mar 2021 US NPD THREAD – March 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories reached a March record $5.6 billion, 18% higher when compared to a year ago. First quarter consumer spending totaled $14.9 billion, 30% higher than 2020's first quarter. pic.twitter.com/DyTVVqq38O
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) April 16, 2021
The launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S has also resulted in increasing video game hardware sales. Compared to last year, March 2021 saw US$680 million, which is 47 percent higher than the same month in 2020. Interestingly, while the PS5 broke records left and right, the Nintendo Switch remained the best-selling hardware platform in March 2021.
This is all good news for Sony in the current console war, as it means that they can keep building on the momentum achieved by the PS4 in its lifetime with the PS5. It doesn’t look like the PS5 will repeat the mistakes of the PS3, but it’s still too early in this generation to safely say for sure.
In the meantime, you can check out my in-depth and no-holds-barred thoughts on the PS5 after having it for more than a month. However, if you’re looking for a more straightforward review, you should head on over here instead.
Check out the top 20 best-selling games in March 2021 below:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Monster Hunter Rise
- Super Mario 3D World
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pokemon Sword & Shield
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Madden NFL 21
- NBA 2K21
- Super Mario Party
- FIFA 21