January 2018 Sales Numbers Across Consoles Games
Sales numbers for the console market have been released for January 2018, by the NPD group. The states discuss both Games and hardware and explain which games have seen the most sales since the month began. In particular, the most successful games in January were Monster Hunter: World, an expansive open-world entry to the series released on multiple systems.
Second after Monster Hunter: World is Dragon Ball: Fighter Z—certainly one of the most popular games in the anime/manga franchise. In order, runners-up include Call of Duty: WWII, PUBG, and the fifth main entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. These represent some of the best PS4 games that were released so far this year.
In addition to the main-selling games in general. NPD also released information on specific consoles: Xbox One, PS4, and the Switch. Its data reveals that the Switch is the best-selling system of the month, knocking the PS4 out of that space. The Switch has been on a study upward climb in terms of the number of units sold—pretty logical, seeing as it was only released last year—and so far its track record is impressive. Also interesting to note that the 3DS sold more units than at any other point since 2013, five years ago now.
Meanwhile, Sony fans hope that the best PS4 games will be able to help the system regain its place at the top of the food chain. Indeed, PS4 did make more money than the Switch last month, even though the Switch sold more units. This makes sense when you consider that the “PS4” includes both the Slim and Pro models.
The data also shows that, in the US, game sales earned $517 million. Which is a fifty-one-percent increase from last January? As a matter of fact, these numbers represent the highest number of game sales in January since 2011. And as for consoles, the ones surveyed sold a total of $278 million for the month. An increase of 119%, and, again, the highest amount made for hardware sales since 2011, when $323 million was sold. The reason for this, NPD stated, was the significant gains being enjoyed by all three of the major consoles that month.
When games and hardware were combined, the result was that some $1.1 billion was spent on gaming in the US throughout the month: 59% more than in January of 2017. This is interesting, since (with the exception of late Boxing Day sales) January is generally a more quiet month for video-game and console sales. With everyone relaxing after the rush of the holidays and Black Friday.
The consoles all did an excellent job of competing with each other. The group said it was a “tight race” between 9 them. Based on sales in terms of dollars, the gap between the first-place winner and the third-place runner-up was only three percent. We can also extrapolate and infer that the data was closely tied, even without access to sales numbers, because (with the exception of the PS4 Pro), all the consoles are priced at similar levels.
The news was given by Mat Piscatella, one of the analysts working for NPD. He also said that “Xbox One dollar and unit sales in January 2018. This is the highest achieved for the platform in a January month.”
While looking at this data, it’s important to note that not every publisher shares. How many digital sales of games they sell. This affects the data, since, for example, we don’t know the full statistics of how many copies of a given game were sold on virtual platforms. Another limitation is that the data only focuses on the US. So we don’t know how well the same games fared in the other domestic markets.
Finally, the data suffers in that only specific hardware was surveyed. We don’t have any statistics on portable-only systems, for example, such as the Vita. And while it’s with reason that most of the best games for PS4 and the Xbox One are console-only titles. The lack of info on the portable systems means that the study, for all its benefits, is a little deficient.
The data from the study was later supported by Daniel Ahmad, a well-known analyst in the video-game industry. On Twitter, he confirmed that the Switch sold the most systems, while the PS4 made the most money. He also reiterated that the gap between the top and third best-selling consoles was merely three percent.
He also stated that Fighter Z sales represented the best franchise sales since Budokai was released in 2002. The topic of Dragon Ball, the series managed to make the bestsellers twice this past January, with Fighter Z as well as Dragon Ball: Xenoverse.