Microsoft’s Xbox Series hardware was the best selling platform of the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 per dollars made. The NPD Group’s latest analysis revealed that the combined front of Xbox Series X and S topped not only March’s sales figures but the entirety of Q1, despite the PlayStation 5 leading the way early on in the year.
While the Xbox Series made the most money, Nintendo’s Switch took first place in terms of units sold both for March and Q1.
It also marked the most successful March for Microsoft in over a decade, as its previous best for units sold was set in 2011 when the Xbox 360 was still the latest available console. Its record March in terms of dollars made came in 2014 after the Xbox One was released.
Hardware sales across all platforms dropped 24% compared to Q1 2021, accessories fell 16%, and games 7%, amassing to an overall decline in games industry spending (incorporating hardware, accessories, and games) of 8%.
Elden Ring remained on top of software sales in March, growing by a double-digit percentage compared to its launch month of February. It’s still the best-selling game of the year and is now the second-best selling game of the last 12 months, falling only to Call of Duty: Vanguard.
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