PS5 is now the fastest-selling console in US history in terms of units sold
It might still be incredibly hard to buy one, but the PlayStation 5 is still on a winning streak in terms of sales.
According to the latest NPD report (via IGN), the PlayStation 5 is now the fastest-selling console in U.S. history based on units sold after being on the market for five months. It previously broke the record for fastest-selling console in terms of dollar amount.
Despite that, the Nintendo Switch was still the best-selling console for March 2021 in both unit and dollar amounts.
Even though the PlayStation 5 is breaking sales records in the U.S., there’s still a shortage of next-gen consoles thanks to supply chain disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and a semiconductor shortage that the American government is currently investigating.
As far as software goes, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War topped the NPD charts for March, while Monster Hunter: Rise debuted in second place. Despite the fact that it launched on April 1st, People Can Fly’s Outriders was the third best-selling game of March. Super Mario 3D World for Switch dropped from first to fourth, while Animal Crossing: New Horizons is still hanging in there at number eight.
Still, it’s been pretty slow for new major releases in 2021 so far. Only two of the 20 best-selling games in March were new titles. However, April is looking to add a few new titles to the list, with MLB The Show 21, Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139, New Pokémon Snap, and Returnal all on track to the launch this month. Then May brings Resident Evil Village, Mass Effect Legendary Edition, and Biomutant.
Michael Goroff has written and edited for EGM since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @gogogoroff.