As always, the monthly NPD gaming industry sales report isn’t restricted to only software. We also get information on video gaming hardware. For example, NPD confirmed that the Nintendo Switch was, once again, the best-selling hardware platform of July. NPD Analyst Mat Piscatella says that “hardware spending in July 2019 fell 22% when compared to a year ago, to $169,000,000. Year-to-date hardware spending has declined 21% versus year ago, to $1,500,000,000. Spending declined across all in-market console platforms in July, while only Nintendo Switch has experienced sales gains year to date”. Once again, it has become clear that people are simply waiting for the next generation of gaming consoles to begin.
As for gaming accessories, VentureBeat speculates that “We may see accessory sales spike later this year. People may pick up new add-ons for the Switch Lite, and Sony is launching new colors for the DualShock 4. For now, gamepad sales are going strong because games like Super Mario Maker 2 are driving people to upgrade”. The best-selling accessory for July 2019 was the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.