Circana NPD USA Hardware Software Sales Results Sony 1
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Update: Circana’s Mat Piscatella has confirmed that the PS5 set a new February unit record for an individual PlayStation hardware platform in the United States last month. While that’s a lot of qualifiers, it effectively means the console sold a lot. Early estimates peg the platform’s results at over 500k units.

Original Article: Just a bit of housekeeping to get out of the way before we move forward with the latest US sales charts: NPD is now named Circana, but it’s compiling the same data you’ll already be familiar with, so nothing’s changed there. And unsurprisingly this was an absolutely enormous month for PS5, as it towered over its rivals in terms of both units and dollar sales. No one tell those lobbying congress members from Microsoft’s home state!

Growth in PS5 console sales actually reversed the trends of the US industry overall, driving it to a 29 per cent increase in hardware spending year-over-year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Last of Us continued to climb on the back of HBO’s critically acclaimed television show, with PS5 remake Part I finishing up in sixth position and PS4’s Part II rising 23 places to 18th place. Sony will surely be thrilled with those results.

It was a really good month for new software releases, too, particularly nicher Japanese franchises. Wild Hearts debuted in eighth position, for example, just in front of Like a Dragon: Ishin and Octopath Traveler 2. While it’s difficult to draw too many conclusions about just how many copies these titles sold, it’s good to see them in the top half of the charts. Unsurprisingly, Hogwarts Legacy topped the list, and is now the best-selling game in 2023 so far.

One other thing to note is that PSVR2’s launch helped offset a decline in controller spending, pushing sales in the Accessories sector up 13 per cent year-over-year. All in all, this was a pretty good month for the industry, with overall spend totalling $4.6 billion, up six per cent compared to February 2022.

Circana Software Top 20: February 2023

  1. Hogwarts Legacy
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  3. Dead Space
  4. Madden NFL 23
  5. FIFA 23
  6. The Last of Us: Part 1
  7. Elden Ring
  8. Wild Hearts
  9. Like a Dragon: Ishin
  10. Octopath Traveler 2
  11. God of War Ragnarok
  12. Minecraft
  13. Mario Kart 8*
  14. Pokémon Scarlet & Violet*
  15. Kirby's Return to Dream Land*
  16. Company of Heroes 3
  17. Sonic Frontiers
  18. The Last of Us: Part 2
  19. NBA 2K23*
  20. Theatrhythm: Final Bar Line*

* Digital sales not included