Despite everything that’s happening with COVID-19, it appears that the game industry is in no danger of dwindling when it comes to sales.
This comes from new information provided by the NPD Group, which shows that March was a huge month for the PlayStation 5, even though unit availability has been more limited than most people would have wanted.
According to the report, the past month shows that the PlayStation 5 has become the fastest- selling console in the history of the U.S., based on both unit and dollar sales.
Overall hardware sales were up 47 percent over the previous year, totalling around $680 million. That tops the previous record of $552 million, set way back in 2008 when the PlayStation 3 was around. This was due to a combination of PS5 sales, as well as the Nintendo Switch, which continues to shine in popularity. Thus far, $1.4 billion has been spent on video games for the year, an increase of around 81 percent.
But that’s not all. Sony’s software has seen a huge increase as well, with Spider-Man: Miles Morales leading the charge. The latest web-slinging adventure from Insomniac Games has become a massive sales hit for Sony, even outselling the best-selling The Last of Us Part II and Ghost of Tsushima with millions of copies out the door.
In terms of the best-selling games for March, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War continued to lead the charge for Activision, followed by newcomers Monster Hunter Rise for Nintendo Switch and Outriders for Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Rounding out the top-five were Spider-Man and Super Mario 3D World, re-released on Nintendo Switch earlier this year.
The game industry should continue to see this upswing in the months ahead, as Sony prepares to release new entries in the Ratchet and Clank and Horizon: Zero Dawn sagas, while Nintendo has a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and other titles in the works for Switch.
We’ll also see what E3 2021 brings within a matter of weeks, as the showcase is set to take place this June.
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