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Forums - Sales Discussion - April NPD 2020: Switch 808k, PS4 411k, XB1 329k

Hardware units sales (From Pachter)

NSW - 808K
PS4 - 411K
XB1-329K

State of the market

April 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards totaled $1.5B, 73% higher when compared to a year ago. This is a new record high in reported spend for an April month, eclipsing the $1.2B generated in April 2008.

Year-to-date 2020 tracked spending across Video Game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards reached $4.5 billion, increasing 12 percent when compared to a year ago.

Software

Dollar sales of tracked Video Game Software increased 55 percent in April compared to a year ago, to $662 million. This is a new record high for an April month. The previous record of $642 million was set in April 2008.

Final Fantasy VII: Remake was the best-selling game of April and instantly becomes the #3 best-selling game year-to-date. Final Fantasy VII: Remake is currently the best-selling game of 2020 on PlayStation 4.

Final Fantasy VII: Remake sets a new launch month Final Fantasy franchise sales record in both unit and dollar sales. Both records were previously held by Final Fantasy XV which launched in the December 2016 tracking period.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare repeats as the #2 best-selling game of the month. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is currently the 4th fastest selling release in US tracked history (dollar sales through the first 7 months in market).

Animal Crossing: New Horizons ranked as the 3rd best-selling game of April and repeats as the 2nd best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the best-selling title on Switch for the 12 month period ending April 2020.

Just Dance 2020 finishes as the #11 best-selling game of April, after finishing at #17 in March. Just Dance 2020 is the fastest selling Just Dance franchise release since Just Dance 2014, which first released in the October 2014 tracking period.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Remastered finished April as the #7 best-selling game of the month following its release on the Xbox One platform. Three Call of Duty franchise titles finished among the top 10 best-selling games of April on Xbox One.

Hardware

Hardware spending in April 2020 grew 163% when compared to a year ago, to $420m
. This is the highest total for an April month since the $427m total achieved in April 2008. Year-to-date spending reached $1.2B, a 30% increase when compared to a year ago.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of Apil in both unit and dollar sales. Dollar sales of PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch each increased by more than 160 percent when compared to April 2019.

Year-to-date dollar sales of Nintendo Switch are the highest of any hardware platform in US history. The previous high was set by the Nintendo Wii in the year-to-date period ending April 2009.

Accessories

Total April 2020 spending on Accessories and Game Cards reached $384 million, increasing 49 percent when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date spending has increased 8 percent, to $1.3 billion.

Gamepad spending set a new April month record, nearly doubling the previous high set a year ago. The PS4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller Black was the best-selling Gamepad of April, with the Switch Pro Controller ranking as the best-selling Gamepad year-to-date.

Headset/Headphone spending reached a new record April month high, with dollar sales doubling those of the previous high set in April 2018. The Xbox One Ear Force Recon 70 Gaming Headset Black from Turtle Beach was April's best-selling Headset/Headphone.

Software charts

April 2020 top 20 :

XBOX ONE

PLAYSTATION 4

SWITCH

Thanks to Mat Piscatella for the break down !

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Last edited by Ryng - on 23 May 2020

2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

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[NSW] 700K
[PS4] 370K
[XB1] 310K



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

[NSW] 560K
[PS4] 296K
[XB1] 260K



Ryng said:
[NSW] 700K
[PS4] 370K
[XB1] 310K

What's with the higher estimate for PS4 and XB1?



jason1637 said:
Ryng said:
[NSW] 700K
[PS4] 370K
[XB1] 310K

What's with the higher estimate for PS4 and XB1?

Usually April is a big drop from March. But this year is basically a phenomenon. For the reasons we all know.

Quarantine in April is even more severe than in March, so with people at home this month is gonna be enormous.

Benji also said that his data show the biggest April for PS4 and XB1. (PS4 best April was 329k in 2018)



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

Around the Network
jason1637 said:
Ryng said:
[NSW] 700K
[PS4] 370K
[XB1] 310K

What's with the higher estimate for PS4 and XB1?

Ryng is predicting April and May combined for all consoles.



Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

A Biased Review Reloaded / Open Your Eyes / Switch Gamers Club

Like predicting how far a canon can spit a bullet at first glance ...

Switch - 770K
PS4 - 320K
Xbone - 250K



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Ryng said:
jason1637 said:

What's with the higher estimate for PS4 and XB1?

Usually April is a big drop from March. But this year is basically a phenomenon. For the reasons we all know.

Quarantine in April is even more severe than in March, so with people at home this month is gonna be enormous.

Benji also said that his data show the biggest April for PS4 and XB1. (PS4 best April was 329k in 2018)

How reliable are Benji's predictions? I don't spend enough time at Era to know.

I would have assumed that the initial rush of panic-buying would have subsided, resulting in large drops in the weekly averages, though stimulus checks would likely keep things from dropping too hard. Also, there's been Switch shortages reported throughout April in multiple entertainment and gaming media outlets.



Shadow1980 said:
Ryng said:

Usually April is a big drop from March. But this year is basically a phenomenon. For the reasons we all know.

Quarantine in April is even more severe than in March, so with people at home this month is gonna be enormous.

Benji also said that his data show the biggest April for PS4 and XB1. (PS4 best April was 329k in 2018)

How reliable are Benji's predictions? I don't spend enough time at Era to know.

I would have assumed that the initial rush of panic-buying would have subsided, resulting in large drops in the weekly averages, though stimulus checks would likely keep things from dropping too hard. Also, there's been Switch shortages reported throughout April in multiple entertainment and gaming media outlets.

His predictions/datas are very good.

there were a few times when he was off but it's very rare.

For this month he literally said Switch "obliterated" the best April of this generation (PS4 in 2018), and said that both PS4/XB1 will likely have their biggest April too.



2020 predictions: NSW 25m, PS5 6m, XSX 4.5m, PS4 9m, XB1 3m

In December 2019 i predicted 21m Switch, but that was before COVID, obvius increased my predictions.

NSW- 650k
PS4- 345k
XBO- 305k