The latest NPD results have come in, and things are looking pretty good for the Nintendo Switch. The little hybrid system continues its impressive upward climb with a strong performance over the course of January, so strong that it actually ended up being the highest-selling system for the entire month.
Details were released by NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, who had this to say:
“Hardware spending in January 2018 grew 119 percent when compared to year ago, to $278 million. Spending gains were driven by Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 hardware sales growth. PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One all performed well in the month of January. In dollar sales, the gap between the top-selling platform and the third best-selling was only 3 percent. Nintendo Switch was the month’s best-selling platform in unit sales, while PlayStation 4 topped dollar sales. Xbox One dollar and unit sales in January 2018 are the highest achieved for the platform in a January month.”
As you can see from that quote, while the Switch did prove to be the highest-selling platform, it was actually the PS4 that generated the most revenue. Seeing that there are two models of the PS4 (the Slim and the more expensive Pro), that’s likely the reason why things happened to turn out this way. Regardless, all three of the current major platforms are doing well, and that’s a good thing. Healthy console industry = more games for us!
Well-known industry analyst Daniel Ahmad also backed up this report:
PlayStation 4, Switch and Xbox One all performed well in the month of January.
The Nintendo Switch sold the most systems, but Sony’s PlayStation 4 generated the most revenue. In dollar sales, the gap between the top-selling platform and the third best-selling was only 3 percent
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) February 22, 2018
Keep in mind that the NPD only collects data on sales in the US, so this report isn’t representative of the global gaming market. Still, the US market does make up the majority of the entire industry, so it really is impressive that the Switch continues to do so well.