Lifetime Nintendo Switch sales surpass PlayStation 4 in the US

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Nintendo Switch’s sales momentum in the United States has pushed it past its main rival. Lifetime sales of the home/handheld hybrid have now surpassed the PlayStation 4, according to industry tracking firm The NPD Group.

“Nintendo Switch’s lifetime sales have now surpassed those of PlayStation 4, making it the fifth best-selling console in US history and the seventh best-selling video game hardware platform overall.”

This is an important milestone for the Nintendo system. It puts it behind just a handful of the best-selling home consoles of all time.

“In the console segment, sales of Switch units only follow those of PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Wii,” says Piscatella.

As usual, Switch led hardware unit sales in April and continues to outpace Xbox and PlayStation year-to-date. Xbox Series X/S is the No. 2 console in both periods, while PlayStation 5 remains limited.

However, in terms of dollar sales, PlayStation came out on top.

“PlayStation 5 led April in hardware dollar sales, closely followed by Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch,” said Piscatella. “Xbox Series has generated the highest hardware dollars of any platform year to date, followed by PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.”

The PlayStation 5 has the highest average retail price because it doesn’t have a $300 option like the Xbox Series S. That allows it to generate more revenue while selling its very limited range of consoles.

Overall, though, hardware saw a year-over-year increase in April thanks to increased availability. This is probably just a taste of things to come, as supply is still unlikely to return to normal levels permanently before the end of this year.

“Video game hardware sales were up 16% year-on-year to $343 million, thanks to an improved offering of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles,” said Piscatella. “Year-to-date hardware spending was down 9% to $1.5 billion.”

But for now, the industry is enjoying the tide. And this should help put the big companies on the map for the second half of the year… if they have games to release, that is.

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