The NPD group, an American market research company revealed that for the month of June, Nintendo once again outperformed both Microsoft and Sony. Ranked the 8th largest company of its kind in the world, each month it takes an in depth look at the gaming industry and reveals all.
Leading sector analyst, Mat Piscatella who works for the group shared the latest results in a recent tweet. Picatella’s latest revealed the top selling games, and their respective consoles last month. Whilst the Xbox Series X and the Series S combined to take the most dollar value in sale, Nintendo are once again top dog in terms of units shifted.
In a later tweet he went on to show that compared to last year, overall spend on video game hardware, content and accessories grew 5% from last year. A remarkable fact, considering that the supply is still so heavily outweighed by demand. One can only imagine how much this might have increased further if it wasn’t for all those pesky BitCoin miners. The scoundrels.
Mat Piscatella of NPD Group reveals just how much cash we’ve pumped into gaming this year so far. Totally worth it.
However, although this is indeed good news for Microsoft, the PS5 remains the fastest selling console in U.S. history. But petty rivalry aside, Microsoft continues its dedicated upgrading of its Xbox Cloud gaming servers with Xbox Series X hardware. This, it hopes will enable 1080p 60 FPS game streaming, even permitting streaming from some of the new gen enabled titles. Clearly, this is enticing new players into the fold.
Moving from consoles to games, the PS5 exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart was the clear best seller in June 2021. Resident Evil Village, previously out in front fell down to 6th position, while Sea of Thieves climbed back into the top 20, likely due to the recent “A Pirates Life” expansion. You can see the full list below.
But with consumer spending on gaming hitting $28.9 billion so far in 2021, over 15% up on last year, it seems the records keep on coming. With lockdown finally ending, and sun-shy gamers emerging from the safety of their well curtained battle stations across the globe, you might expect things to calm down a little. But, in all honesty and with games like this, would we have been outside pre-pandemic? Something to consider…from inside, of course.
Source; Windows Central
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Olly S, July 2020