The NPD Group’s November 2020 report is now available and while the Nintendo Switch led in terms of units sold, it was the PS5 that came out on top in terms of consumer spending. Unit and dollars for the console were actually the highest for any video game hardware in the history of the US. It’s unseated the PS4, which set the record back in November 2013 as per analyst Mat Piscatella while speaking to VentureBeat.
Overall, consumer spending hit $1.4 billion on new hardware, which is an increase of 58 percent compared to a year ago. Year-to-date hardware spending hit $4 billion which is 34 percent higher than the same period last year. Once again, this is off the back of the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 launches.
The PS5 has done phenomenally well in the United Kingdom as well, with launch sales in the first 48 hours reportedly “far exceeding” the PS4’s 250,000 units sold in 2013. In terms of upcoming release, Sony has confirmed that Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart will be releasing in early 2021 while Returnal was recently given a release date of March 19th 2021. Stay tuned for more details on the same in the coming months.