US consumers spent just over $4 billion on video games products in August – a slight dip on the year before, despite a handful of big releases.
The NPD Group reported that the month was also boosted by growth in hardware sales, thanks to improved supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Here's what you need to know:
Total spending: $4.10 billion, down 5% year-on-year
Software: $3.6 billion, down 6%
Hardware: $375 million, up 14%
Total spending: $34.6 billion, down 9%
Software: $30.4 billion, down 10%
Hardware: $2.9 billion, down 4%
While that $4.10 billion is down on August 2021, NPD said it was slightly higher than the $4.07 billion seen in 2020. Similarly, year-to-date spending is 3% higher than at the same point in 2020, when it reached $33.5 billion.
Hardware was the only category not to see year-on-year decline; as mentioned, this was due to improved supply of the newest consoles, which both experienced double digit growth when compared to the same time last year.
PlayStation 5 was the biggest selling platform last month in terms of both units and dollar sales. It's also generated the most dollars year-to-date, although Switch has sold more units.
Meanwhile, EA's Madden NFL 23 was unsurprisingly the biggest selling game of the month – the 23rd year in a row that the latest Madden has achieved this – and is already the fifth best-selling game of 2022.
Saints Row was the second biggest – not bad, considering it had only been on sale for three days before NPD stopped collecting data – while the PC version of Marvel's Spider-Man boosted that title 81 places to No.3.
Spider-Man was one of two software highlights for Sony, with Horizon: Forbidden West becoming the fourth best-selling game of the year so far, thanks partly to price promotion.
Spending on mobile games, which is factored into total software spending, fell 10% year-on-year according to Sensor Tower data. Google Play users were the biggest source of decline, with their spending down 22% year-on-year compared to iOS' 1.2% dip.
Spending on accessories fell 18% to £138 million due to a big drop in controller and headset sales. Year-to-date spending in this category is down 14% to $1.4 billion.
Here are the US Top 20 (based on dollar sales) for the period between 7/31/2022 through 8/26/2022, courtesy of The NPD Group:
|1||NEW||Madden NFL 23|
|6||7||Mario Kart 8*|
|8||3||Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga|
|9||6||MLB: The Show 22~|
|10||4||Xenoblade Chronicles 3*|
|12||28||Horizon: Forbidden West|
|13||5||Call of Duty: Vanguard|
|14||18||Far Cry 6|
|15||NEW||Soul Hackers 2|
|16||12||Super Smash Bros Ultimate*|
|17||31||Gran Turismo 7|
|18||11||Kirby and the Forgotten Land|
|19||24||The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim|
|20||15||Pokémon Legends: Arceus|
* Digital sales not included.
~ Xbox and Switch digital sales not included.
^ Founder's Pack Edition sales only