The NPD Group has published its United States games industry report for the month of October 2021, revealing that Nintendo Switch outsold both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in unit and dollar sales, thanks to the launch of its OLED model. However, the PS5 remains 2021’s best-selling hardware in the country in terms of dollar sales while the Switch leads in unit sales.
Video game retail set a new record for an October month this year, with $4.4 billion spent. Year-to-date consumer spending has reached $46.7 billion. October’s hardware dollar sales specifically increased by 82 percent compared to the same period last year. Year-to-date hardware spending has also increased by 53 percent year-on-year.
As far as software is concerned, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 6 was October’s best-selling game, and has already become the eighth best-selling game of 2021, climbing to the top of both PlayStation and Xbox software charts. Left 4 Dead inspired Back 4 Blood was the month’s second best-selling game, landing in the second spot on both consoles’ software charts. Nintendo Switch’s highly-anticipated Metroid Dread followed in the third place.
Last but not least, sales of accessories also increased, reaching $158 million – up by five percent year-on-year. Year-to-date accessory sales have reached $1.9 billion, which is an increase of nine percent compared to the same period last year. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was October 2021’s best-selling accessory. PS5’s white DualSense remains the best-selling accessory of the year.
[Source: Mat Piscatella]