As always, the monthly NPD data isn’t just for news on software. We also get information on how video gaming hardware is doing in the United States. This is NPD’s June report, so there’s a little extra information in regards to the first half of the year. However, if you’ve been following NPD’s reports throughout the year, then this should not be that surprising.
According to The NPD Group, the Nintendo Switch was, once again, “the best-selling hardware in terms of both dollar and unit sales in the United States for the month of June”. It is also the “best-selling console through the first half of 2019″. The aging current generation of consoles has made 2019 a struggle for Microsoft and Sony to sell their consoles, and the next generation is still a year away. Because of this, according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, the “Nintendo Switch is the only platform showing year-on-year growth. Hardware spending in June 2019 dropped 33% when compared to a year ago, to $235,000,000. Year-to-date hardware spending has declined 20% versus a year ago, to $1,300,000,000″.
As for accessories, such as gamepads and headsets, they are still selling very nicely. Piscatella says that “total June 2019 spending on accessories and game cards fell 7% when compared to a year ago, to $338,000,000. Year-to-date sales of accessories and game cards has declined 1% when compared to a year ago, to $1,800,000,000. Growth in gamepad spending has not been able to offset declines across other segments”. The best selling controller for June was the PS4 DualShock 4 Black Wireless Controller, which was also the best-selling controller for the first half of 2019.