Analyst NPD Group published a report on sales of consoles in the United States in April. According to her, the cost of buying Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 amounted to $ 420 million, an increase of 163% compared with the same period last year. This is accompanied by the sale of video games.
In terms of console sales, April 2020 is the most successful month since 2008, when customers spent $ 427 million on this category of goods. For this year, users spent $ 1.2 billion on the console, which is 30% more than in the same period in 2019.
Once again, the Nintendo Switch bypassed the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This year, the next-generation Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles will go on sale, so gamers have less and less new systems in recent months. But April 2020 distinguished itself in this. Sales in dollar terms of each platform increased by more than 160% compared to last year. A huge number of people who missed the current generation of consoles decided to fix this in April. But the Nintendo Switch is still the best-selling system. Moreover, annual sales of the hybrid console are the highest of all hardware platforms in US history.
But consumers paid attention not only to the console. Sales of headsets, gamepads and game cards (mainly gift cards) have increased. According to analyst Mat Piscatella, in April 2020, expenses for these categories reached $ 384 million, an increase of 49% compared to last year. Since the beginning of the year, revenue increased by 8% to $ 1.3 billion.
The best-selling accessory in April was the black DualShock 4 gamepad, but in the first place for 2020 is the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. Headsets also set a new record last month, doubling sales in April 2018 (the previous record holder). The top-selling headset is the Turtle Beach Xbox One Ear Force Recon 70 Gaming Headset Black. However, in 2020, the Xbox One Ear Force Stealth 600 Wireless Headset was the most purchased.
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