For April 2022, the analyst Mat Piscatella from the NPD Group published current figures on hardware and software for platforms from the USA.
According to the figures, consumers spent less for video game hardware, content and accessories in April 2022 compared to the previous year with $ 4.3 billion (-8.3 %).
Overall, the expenses in 2022 were $ 8 % lower than a comparison in the same period of the previous year with $ 18.3 billion. A decline compared to the previous year was recorded in six consecutive months.
With an improved offer and availability of the Hardware Xbox Series X | s and PlayStation 5, sales in 2022 rose by 16 % to $ 343 million compared to the previous year. However, expenditure on hardware has dropped by 9 % to $ 1.5 billion since the beginning of the year.
The Nintendo Switch console and all hardware platforms were able to reach the highest sales figures in April and this year. The Series X | s was in second place in the units sold in both periods.
The PlayStation 4 was overtaken by the Nintendo Switch in the sales figure in the entire life cycle. This means the fourth largest sold console in US history and the sixth largest sold video game hardware platform as a whole.
The PlayStation 5 in April leads to hardware dollar sales, closely followed by Xbox Series X | s and Nintendo Switch.
However, the Xbox Series models have generated most hardware dollars of all platforms in front of PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch in the previous course of the year.
The LEGO Star Wars sold the most of the video games: the Skywalker Saga the most in April. And that on the Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox and Steam platforms.
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga was the best-selling game of April 2022 at the premium games and at the same time the best-selling game of 2022 since the beginning. It was the best -selling game of the month on the Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox and Steam platforms.
Furthermore, the Skywalker Saga achieved the highest sales of all time among the Lego video games and, after only one month, landed in 6th place in the best-selling LEGO games.
And: The Skywalker Saga is the first third party game that has been among the best-selling games on the Nintendo platforms since March 2021 (Monster Hunter: Rise).
LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the first 3RD party game that has been the best-selling title on Nintendo platforms since March 2021 (Monster Hunter: Rise).
In second place in the premium games, Elden Ring ends up in April 2022. The role-playing game of From software remains the most sold game this year and was even able to beat Call of Duty: Vanguard in the last 12 months to April 22 in the best-selling games.
In the accessories category, sales for the previous year decreased by $ 151 million. Since January 2022, expenditure has dropped by 15 % to $ 743 million.
The Dualhock 4 Controller of PlayStation 4. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller sold the best -selling accessories of 2022 in the United States in April.