September 2022 NPD: Sports games top charts, hardware sales soar

by | Oct 21, 2022 | Technology

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While the post-2021 bust continues for the games industry, hardware sales are looking particularly promising. According to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group, hardware spending is up, while year-on-year spending is still in the negative. Sports games are also taking their place as the fall best-sellers, as is typical. Other new games are reaching for the top of the charts, including Splatoon 3 and The Last of Us Part 1.

September 2022 Dollar Sales, MillionsSeptember2021September2022ChangeTotal Video Game Sales$4,260$4,073-4%Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)$3,676$3,408-7%Video Game Hardware$410$49019%Video Game Accessories$174$1740%*Mobile spending provided by Sensor Tower“U.S. consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories reached $4.1 billion during the month of September 2022, a decline of 4% when compared to the same month a year ago,” said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella.

The rise in hardware sales is largely thanks to the increased supply of the PlayStation 5. It’s not quite so hard to find as before, and it ranked first in both unit and dollar sales. Hardware is one of the areas of consistent growth in the last few months.

Year-to-Date 2022 Dollar Sales, MillionsYTD2021YTD2022ChangeTotal Video Game Sales$41,800$38,398-8%Video Game Content (Physical & Digital Full Game, DLC/MTX and Subscription consumer spending across Console, Cloud, Mobile*, Portable, PC and VR) platforms)$36,611$33,486-9%Video Game Hardware$3,408$3,359-1%Video Game Accessories$1,781$1,554-13%*Mobile spending provided by Sensor TowerPiscatella added, “Year-to-date total video game spending across content, hardware and accessories is now 8% lower than 2021, at $38.4 billion.”

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