PS5 PlayStation 5 May 2022 NPD 1
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Sony managed to improve PS5 supply in the USA in April 2022, but stock issues pegged it right back in May 2022, unfortunately. The new-gen console was outsold by both the Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S, although an overall 19 per cent dip in industry spend year-over-year suggests the hardware production problems are hurting the sector as a whole. In fact, with just $3.7 billion spent, this was the lowest month on record since February 2020 – the beginning of the pandemic.

Elden Ring was the top-selling game for the month once again, but Evil Dead: The Game represented the only new release in the entire top 50, which is a worrying statistic. Instead, consumers plumped up for older games, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which re-entered the software charts in 20th position – albeit primarily buoyed by Steam sales.

We’ve included all of the noteworthy sales charts below:

NPD Software Top 20: May 2022

  1. Elden Ring
  2. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  3. Nintendo Switch Sports*
  4. Evil Dead: The Game
  5. MLB The Show 22^
  6. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Mario Kart 8*
  9. Gran Turismo 7
  10. Pokémon Legends: Arceus*
  11. Minecraft
  12. Horizon Forbidden West
  13. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  14. Super Smash Bros Ultimate*
  15. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
  16. FIFA 22
  17. Mario Party Superstars*
  18. Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl*
  19. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
  20. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

NPD PS5, PS4 Software: May 2022

  1. MLB The Show 22
  2. Elden Ring
  3. Evil Dead: The Game
  4. LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
  5. Gran Turismo 7
  6. Horizon Forbidden West
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  9. Ghost of Tsushima
  10. Minecraft

* Digital sales not included
^ Xbox and Nintendo Switch digital sales not included