Nintendo Switch outsold PlayStation and Xbox in May. This makes sense, them consoles fucking oldddd
The Nintendo Switch is still absolutely fucking beasting, friends. Meanwhile, the current iterations of the PlayStation and Xbox are starting to flag behind in monthly sales. But, this makes sense. The Nintendo Switch dropped two years ago, while the other two are closing in on six years old. Still, it’s an interesting time in the console wars, no?
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 generation is ending. That shift is showing up in software sales, as you can see in The NPD Group’s software report for May 2019 right here. But of course, that also means fewer people are buying new consoles now that consumers have had nearly six years to purchase a system.
In particular, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are starting to drag down comparisons to 2018. This is despite strong sales for the Nintendo Switch, which continues to do better year-over-year. Switch outsold its older competition in May both in terms of units and dollars.
“Hardware spending in May 2019 fell 20% when compared to a year ago, to $149 million,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms.”
This isn’t just a blip for May. Through the end of last month, hardware sales have generated $1.1 billion. That’s down 17 percent when comparing 2019 year-to-date to the same period in 2018.
“As with the month of May, Nintendo Switch sales growth was offset by declines across all other hardware platforms,” said Piscatella.