NPD: PS5 was the best-selling console in January 2022

According to The NPD Group, the PS5 outsold the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S series of consoles in January 2022. The exact number of units sold was not shared, but it marks an excellent start to the PS5’s second year. the market. Sony seems poised to repeat the success of the PS4, but there are some hurdles in the way.

Why did the PS5 sell more than the Switch and Xbox Series X|S in January 2022, according to NPD?

Since it’s a PlayStation-focused website, we obviously love the PS5. However, we cannot fully attribute its victory in sales figures to the quality of the console and its software library. NPD’s numbers have been skewed by the ongoing delivery issues facing all three console makers.

Until a steady supply of consoles is available, we can’t read too hard into these numbers. The PS5 could have had an edge due to better availability. After all, if you’re looking for a console and there aren’t any Switches or Xboxes around, you’re probably buying a PS5. That’s not necessarily the case here, but it’s too early in this generation to make assumptions based on a month’s worth of data.

NPD also shared the top 20 PlayStation titles in the US as of January 2022:

  1. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  3. Madden NFL 22
  4. FIFA 22
  5. Rainbow Six: Extraction
  6. Ghost of Tsushima
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  8. Battlefield 2042
  9. NBA 2K22
  10. Far Cry 6

Opinion: Popular sentiment does not equal sales figures

Looking at the top 10 games based on NPD dollar sales is a sobering experience. Ubisoft, a company most have written off as morally bankrupt, took home two titles in the top ten. I haven’t heard anything about Rainbow Six Extraction, and it’s not even in the top 100 of watched games on Twitch. Still, somehow it has become the fifth best-selling game of January 2022 on PlayStation consoles.

It just goes to show that games driven by social media and industry hype are not turning into purchases. Call of Duty: Vanguard may be the least talked about game in the series ever, but it’s PlayStation’s bestseller. It’s weird.