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Forums - Sales Discussion - May NPD 2021 thread


Switch < 451k
PS5 < 192k
XBS < 169k

Official NPD:

State of the market

May 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories increased 3% when compared to a year ago, reaching $4.5 billion. Year-to-date consumer spending totaled $24.0 billion, a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2020.

May performance experienced a return to YoY growth following a slight dip in April. Gains in Subscription, Console, PC and VR content spending drove the positive variance. May 2021 hardware sales gained 5% compared to the prior year.


May video game hardware dollar sales increased 5% when compared to May 2020, to $244 million. Year-to-date hardware consumer spending totaled $1.9 billion, a 36% increase compared with a year ago.

Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars during the month of May, as well as 2021 year-to-date.


Resident Evil: Village was the best-selling game of May 2021. Resident Evil: Village generated the highest launch month sales of any 2021 release to date, and after one month in market the title ranked as the 2nd best-selling game of 2021 YTD.

Resident Evil: Village was the best-selling game of the month on both PlayStation and Xbox platforms, as well as across tracked titles on Steam.

Days Gone was the 21st best-selling game of May 2021, after placing 247th on the April chart. Days Gone was released to the PC platform via Steam on May 17th, 2021.

Software charts


May 2021 spending on video game accessories fell 8% compared to a year ago, to $142 million. Year-to-date accessory sales reached $1.0 billion, an increase of 17% when compared to the same period in 2020.

Year-to-date sales of Steering Wheel accessories have gained more than 45% when compared to a year ago. The Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel is 2021's best-selling Steering Wheel year-to-date.

Thanks to Mat Piscatella for the break down !


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Last edited by Ryng - on 02 July 2021

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[NSW] 400K
[PS5] 200K
[XBS] 170K

It really feels like shooting in the dark in these days, but oh well let's take a shot anyways.

[NSW] 520K
[PS5] 255K
[XBS] 190K

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2022 predictions:

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

[NSW] 380K
[PS5] 190K
[XBS] 160K

Overshot all three by alot last month, going to be a bit more conservative this time.

[NSW] 470K
[PS5] 210K
[XBS] 173K

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Let's be positive and bank on increased stock all around.
NSW : 425K
PS5: 225K
XBS: 175K

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Switch is in a more favorable spot than last year stock wise .... but can't say about the other two right now.

Switch : 435K
PS5 : 210K
XboxSE : 150K

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I feel like PS5 and XBS each had more stock drops in May than in April, so I'm optimistic they did quite a bit better than last month.

NSW - 420K
PS5 - 300K
XBS - 250K


I see NPD was pushed back to Monday. I might as well post our final week of hardware estimates for May today. 

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[NSW] 500k
[PS5] 220k
[XBS] 180k


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