Nintendo Switch continues to perform very well, selling most devices out of other gaming hardware in the US in January, according to the game analysis company NPD Group. But Sony’s PlayStation 5 still made more money last month, despite a more limited offer.
According to the NPD’s January report, the Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in terms of devices sold in January – the highest of any platform in the specific month since the Nintendo Wii in 2010. Despite this, Sony’s next-generation console earned the highest dollar revenue overall for January, beating the previous record set by the Nintendo Wii in 2009.
There are some reasons why the switch may have sold more devices, but made less money than the PS5. In particular, the PS5̵
The PS5 has been out for almost three months yet, just like the Xbox Series X / S, the PS5 has been very Hard to buy, with retailers mainly hosting online sales due to severe shortages. With no sign of resellers selling PS5 in stores at any time due to the ongoing pandemic, the only way you can buy a PS5 from a store is to wait for a new wave of PS5 inventory to appear online. But when they do, they usually sell out in minutes, and Sony’s strong numbers for the month suggest it goes through the stock as quickly as possible. The NPD’s report does not mention Microsoft’s new Xbox consoles.
Nintendo’s console has also been affected by the pandemic, as the Switch was a bit difficult to find last spring, but supplies have been relatively healthy since. The switch has also stocked the base console and various bundles, including limited editions such as the recently released Mario-themed bundle.