The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console of 2022, ahead of the PS5

The Nintendo Switch is the best-selling console of 2022, ahead of the PS5

The Nintendo Switch takes the top spot in game console sales in the United States in 2022. While it was released in 2017, it managed to do better than newer consoles such as the PS5 or the Xbox Series X. and S.

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While the Switch recently became the best-selling console of all time in France, Nintendo can also boast of having dominated sales in 2022. Indeed, the Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console in the United States in December 2022 in terms of units soldaccording to figures from The NPD Group.

The console thus continues to be the most popular machine, although the next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been available on the market for more than two years now, and the shortage seems to be gradually easing. As a reminder, in February 2022, the Switch crossed 103 million copies sold worldwide, thus surpassing the PS1 and the Wii.

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That being said, NPD also confirmed that the PlayStation 5 garnered more revenue than the Switch and was therefore the top-selling console in terms of earnings. This is because both PlayStation 5 models are currently priced at $400 (Digital Edition) and $500 in the US, while Nintendo’s OLED model is only $350. Its standard version costs just under $300, and there’s also an even more affordable version, the Nintendo Switch Lite, priced at $200.

NPD data for the year 2022 shows that consumers collectively spent $56.6 billion on software and hardware in the video game industrywhich represents a 5% drop in consumer spending compared to 2021. However, an upward trend is emerging, and seems to indicate that 2023 could well see the industry recover.

As for the best-selling games of 2022, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 comes out on top, beating out other notable games like Elden Ring, God of War Ragnarök, and Madden NFL 23.

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