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NPD August 2022: #1 Madden #2 Saints Row #15 Soul Hackers 2; PS5 #1 Units (NSW #2) / PS5 #1 Revenue (XBS #2)


State of the market
August 2022 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories declined 5% when compared to a year ago, to $4.10 billion. This total is slightly higher than the $4.07 billion total reached during the August 2020 tracking period.

US NPD HW - Video game hardware dollar sales grew 14% when compared to a year ago, to $375 million, helped by improved supply of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles. Year-to-date hardware spending declined by 4% to $2.9 billion.

PlayStation 5 was August's best-selling hardware platform in both unit and dollar sales. Switch has sold the highest number of units in 2022 thus far, while PlayStation 5 led the market in dollar sales.

As was noted in July, both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series again experienced double-digit percentage growth during the month when compared to a year ago.

Madden NFL 23 debuted as the best-selling game of August, while also ranking 5th among the best-selling games of 2022. This is the 23rd consecutive year that a Madden NFL franchise release was the best-selling title of its launch month.

Marvel's Spider-Man jumped to 3rd on the best-selling titles chart for August - up from 84th in July. Marvel's Spider-Man was the month's best seller across tracked Steam titles.

Horizon II: Forbidden West ranked as the 12th best-selling game of August, driven partially by price promotion. The title ranked 28th overall on July's chart. Horizon II: Forbidden West currently stands as the 4th best-selling game of 2022.

Sensor Tower US Mobile - Mobile gaming spend continues to take a hit from economic woes and a softening of demand amid the return to business as usual for most Americans. Despite the double-digit decline, it avoided as precipitous a fall as July by two percentage points, at 10%.

Software charts

Top 20

2022 YTD

12 Months Ending August 2022




Spending on video game accessories declined 18% in August when compared to a year ago, to $138 million. Drops in gamepad and headset spending drove the shortfall. Year-to-date video game accessory spending is down 14% compared to 2021, at $1.4 billion.

The PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller Midnight Black repeated as August's best-selling accessory. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller remains the best-selling accessory of the year.

Unit Ranking: PS5 > NSW > XBS
Revenue Ranking: PS5 > XBS > NSW

Thanks Mat Piscatella
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