Week 4 Breakdown:
PlayStation 4: Down in all regions.
PlayStation 5: Up in Japan; Down in the United States, Europe, and Rest of the World; Up overall.
Xbox One: Down in all regions.
Xbox Series: Up in all regions.
Nintendo Switch: Up in all regions.
Week 4 is in the books, and with them we had some adjustments the recent release of the January NPD data. With them, the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series were adjusted slightly up, while the PlayStation 5 was adjusted slightly down. Now, these adjustments don’t change much in terms of overall sales figures and shipments. But what they DO accomplish is shift the weight of some of these comparisons. In the case of Microsoft, the Xbox Series ‘21 has now taken the lead over the Xbox One ‘14. Meanwhile, the PS5 ‘21, despite closing the gap, is still behind the PS4 ‘14. That means that, thus far, Microsoft is managing to close the gap and catch up with Sony in their console race. Will be interesting to see how this unfolds and if Microsoft is able to follow up.
Nintendo continues to tide that Switch wave into February with a few key releases around the corner. Week 6 will mark the release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury and we can expect a very noticeable hardware bump for that. I’d expect Week 5 to drop, potentially be down YoY because they will reserve more hardware shipments for the game’s launch.
Hardware Comparison Threads:
PlayStation/Xbox/Switch: 2022 Edition
PlayStation/Xbox/Switch Hardware Battle: 2021 Edition!
PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch: 2019 vs. 2020
PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch: 2018 vs. 2019
PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch: 2017 vs. 2018
PlayStation 4: 2015 vs. 2016 vs. 2017