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PlayStation 5’s stock woes appear to be getting worse, not better, with Sony’s new-gen system landing dead last in the latest NPD report. While main competitor Microsoft was able to break a March record, and Nintendo Switch continued to perform as consistently as ever, the PS5 finds itself floundering in North America – not, it’s worth underlining, through a lack of interest, but due to a serious shortfall in supply that’s beginning to become a real problem.

Of course, there’s very little the Japanese giant can do about ongoing chip shortages, but with the competition seeming to have its supply chain in order, questions will be asked about what Sony’s doing to improve the availability of the PS5. The sheer lack of stock contributed to a 24 per cent shortfall in hardware sales in the US for March 2022, and the dream of gamers transitioning to PS5 at an “unprecedented pace” like the company had planned now looks dead. We’re approaching Plan B territory.

The good news is that Sony published software is connecting with consumers, at least. Gran Turismo 7 finished second on the software charts, and “set a new all-time launch month dollar sales record” for the franchise. MLB The Show 22, with only its more expensive Early Access options tracked, performed exceptionally well in fourth position also – of course, it added a Nintendo Switch version this year.

Horizon Forbidden West continues to sell well to boot: it’s down from second place, but holding strong in fifth position, ahead of Pokémon Legends Arceus. Elsewhere, various new releases like Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and Ghostwire: Tokyo all did perfectly well, charting in 10th, 11th, and 12th position respectively. So, a pretty decent month for PlayStation software, then, but the hardware situation is looking worrying.

NPD Software Top 20: March 2022

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Gran Turismo 7
  3. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  4. MLB The Show 22#
  5. Horizon Forbidden West
  6. Pokémon Legends Arceus*
  7. WWE 2K22*
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  10. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  11. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands*
  12. Ghostwire: Tokyo
  13. FIFA 22
  14. Minecraft
  15. Madden NFL 22
  16. Triangle Strategy*
  17. Mario Party Superstars*
  18. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  19. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  20. Assassin's Creed Valhalla

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: March 2022

  1. Elden Ring
  2. Gran Turismo 7
  3. MLB The Show 22#
  4. Horizon Forbidden West
  5. WWE 2K22*
  6. Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands*
  9. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Ghostwire Tokyo

* Digital sales not included
# MVP and Digital Deluxe Edition only