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August NPD 2022 is out now. It includes the four week period from July 31 through August 26.

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The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the US in August 2022 in terms of units sold and dollar sales, according to figures from The NPD Group. NPD includes the dates for the four week period of July 31 through August 26.

The Nintendo Switch the second best-selling console in terms of units sold, while the Xbox Series X|S was number two in terms of dollar sales.

PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in August 2022 have seen growth by the double-digit percentage when compared to August 2021. This is the second straight month of such growth.

Year-to-date, the Nintendo Switch has sold the most units, while the PlayStation 5 is number one in terms of revenue. 

Overall spending on video games in August decreased five percent year-over-year from $4.31 billion to $4.10 billion. Spending on video game content dropped six percent from $3.81 billion to $3.59 billion, while video game hardware sales increased 14 percent percent from $329 million to $375 million.

Year-to-date sales for 2022 are down nine percent from $38.20 billion to $34.60 billion. Spending on video game content in 2022 dropped 10 percent from $33.59 billion to $30.35 billion, while video game hardware sales dropped four percent from $3.00 billion to $2.87 billion. 

"August 2022 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories declined 5% when compared to a year ago, to $4.10 billion," said The NPD Group Executive Director and Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella. "This total is slightly higher than the $4.07 billion total reached during the August 2020 tracking period.

"Year-to-date spending through August 2022 totaled $34.6 billion, a 9% drop when compared to the same period in 2021, but 3% higher than the $33.5 billion achieved during the 2020 comparable period. 2022 video game monthly consumer spending has returned to 2020 levels.

"Video game hardware dollar sales grew 14% when compared to a year ago, to $375 million, helped by improved supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Year-to-date hardware spending declined by 4% to $2.9 billion."

Madden NFL 23 was the best-selling game in August and is the fifth best-selling game of 2022. It is also the 23rd straight year that a Madden NFL title was the best-selling game of its launch month.

"Madden NFL 23 debuted as the best-selling game of August, while also ranking 5th among the best-selling games of 2022," said Piscatella. "This is the 23rd consecutive year that a Madden NFL franchise release was the best-selling title of its launch month."

Marvel's Spider-Man jumped up the charts from 84th in July to third in August. It was the best-selling game on Steam.

"Marvel's Spider-Man jumped to 3rd on the best-selling titles chart for August - up from 84th in July," said Piscatella. "Marvel's Spider-Man was the month's best seller across tracked Steam titles."

Horizon: Forbidden West shot up the charts from 28th to 12th place and is the fourth best-selling game of 2022.

"Horizon: Forbidden West ranked as the 12th best-selling game of August, driven partially by price promotion." said Piscatella. "The title ranked 28th overall on July's chart. Horizon: Forbidden West currently stands as the 4th best-selling game of 2022."

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars for August 2022:

Top 10 best-selling Nintendo games for August 2022:

Top 10 best-selling PlayStation games for August 2022:

Top 10 best-selling Xbox games for August 2022:

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in year-to-date 2022:

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I will be adjusting the VGChartz estimates as before any adjustments we have:

  • NS: 342,230
  • PS5: 310,885
  • XS: 297,654

XS is right being in third place, but PS5 needs to be #1. 

Available data from NPD for August includes:

  • $375 million in hardware revenue
  • PS5 and XS supply improved so sales should be up
  • PS5 #1 in units and dollar sales
  • Switch #2 in units and #3 in dollar sales
  • XS #3 in units and #2 in dollar sales


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Congrats to PS5! Looks like it had a good month.

Elden Ring is also going strong. Even after releasing near the beginning of the year, it is still going strong. Basically only the new releases were above it. (Spider-Man was a new release on Steam.)



Excellent PS5 sales for taking number 1 in units and dollars. This also marks the 3rd month in a row that PS5 has outsold Xbox S/X in the US. It doesn't look like that will change for September either for the end of the quarter.
Since Microsoft now care about sales again, this will likely shut up Nadella with his poor PR statement of being the "market leader" for 3 quarters in a row.



It just made sense for PS5 to win this month in unit sales based on Mat Piscatella's previous tweets. Impressive hold for Digimon Survive on Switch.



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trunkswd said:

I will be adjusting the VGChartz estimates as before any adjustments we have:

  • NS: 342,230
  • PS5: 310,885
  • XS: 297,654

XS is right being in third place, but PS5 needs to be #1. 

Available data from NPD for August includes:

  • $375 million in hardware revenue
  • PS5 and XS supply improved so sales should be up
  • PS5 #1 in units and dollar sales
  • Switch #2 in units and #3 in dollar sales
  • XS #3 in units and #2 in dollar sales

Do we know whether this contains anything other than the big three?

And yeah since the article says that PS5 and XS both saw growth by the double-digits I would imagine that sales are indeed up (pretty vague though, but at least we know it's 10+ % for both).



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2022 predictions:

  • Switch - 24m
  • PS5 - 15.5m
  • Xbox Series - 10m

UnderwaterFunktown said:
trunkswd said:

I will be adjusting the VGChartz estimates as before any adjustments we have:

  • NS: 342,230
  • PS5: 310,885
  • XS: 297,654

XS is right being in third place, but PS5 needs to be #1. 

Available data from NPD for August includes:

  • $375 million in hardware revenue
  • PS5 and XS supply improved so sales should be up
  • PS5 #1 in units and dollar sales
  • Switch #2 in units and #3 in dollar sales
  • XS #3 in units and #2 in dollar sales

Do we know whether this contains anything other than the big three?

And yeah since the article says that PS5 and XS both saw growth by the double-digits I would imagine that sales are indeed up (pretty vague though, but at least we know it's 10+ % for both).

It doesn't mention one way or the other but if it did it would only be PS4 and Xbox One. Sales for the two would be negligible at this point with very little stock for the 2 consoles. The Horizon Forbidden West PS5 bundle would have also increased the average selling price of the PS5. In the UK it accounts for about 50% of all PS5 sales. 



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trunkswd said:
UnderwaterFunktown said:

Do we know whether this contains anything other than the big three?

And yeah since the article says that PS5 and XS both saw growth by the double-digits I would imagine that sales are indeed up (pretty vague though, but at least we know it's 10+ % for both).

It doesn't mention one way or the other but if it did it would only be PS4 and Xbox One. Sales for the two would be negligible at this point with very little stock for the 2 consoles. The Horizon Forbidden West PS5 bundle would have also increased the average selling price of the PS5. In the UK it accounts for about 50% of all PS5 sales. 

I thought it included peripherals, of which there are plenty of third party sellers?



HigHurtenflurst said:
trunkswd said:

It doesn't mention one way or the other but if it did it would only be PS4 and Xbox One. Sales for the two would be negligible at this point with very little stock for the 2 consoles. The Horizon Forbidden West PS5 bundle would have also increased the average selling price of the PS5. In the UK it accounts for about 50% of all PS5 sales. 

I thought it included peripherals, of which there are plenty of third party sellers?

I am fairly certain peripherals are counted under accessories and not hardware. 



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trunkswd said:
HigHurtenflurst said:

I thought it included peripherals, of which there are plenty of third party sellers?

I am fairly certain peripherals are counted under accessories and not hardware. 

Ah ok, thanks.