Sony’s PlayStation 5 Has Ended Nintendo’s 33 Month Sales Streak
It only took 33 months but as of September 2021, Sony has beaten Nintendo’s streak as being the best-selling console in the US.
Sony’s PlayStation 5 console topped both sales and units sold. Given the fact that every hardware maker is currently facing supply shortages that will likely last well into next year, this is an amazing feat by the Japanese console maker.
I think it's more reflective of supply at this point. Sony was able to get a big number of PS5s into the market, while Switch was ramping up for OLED release. Tough to say, sales curves aren't normalized right now.
Mat Piscatella of NPD also highlighted that in September 2021, consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories grew 3 percent when compared to the same time last year.
In total, this year sees a record $4.4 billion spent. The Year-to-Date spending reached $42.3 billion, a 12% increase versus a year ago.
The NPD only tracks sales in the US, so Asia and Europe have not been accounted for. Another thing to note is that it wasn’t made specifically clear whether or not the sales are based on whether or not Sony was able to ship more units in September or Nintendo didn’t have the supply for September. Given that just this month, we got the Switch OLED Model, it could very well bump the PS5 back into the second position, but only if there are enough OLED Model units to be sold.