With revenues of $ 4.9 billion, March 2022 is therefore down 15% compared to March 2021. As a result, the balance sheet for the first quarter of 2022 itself is down 8% compared to the first quarter of 2021. and reached $ 13.9 billion. Most of the contributors to this decline were console sales, which hit $ 515 million in March, down 24%.
However, one manufacturer stands out this month: Microsoft simply achieved the best March month in its history in the US, surpassing the performance of the Xbox 360 in March 2011 (433,000 consoles sold). If that’s not enough to outdo the Switch in volume, the Xbox Series is the console that currently gets the most revenue in the last three months.
As we know, these days the one who puts more consoles on the market than the other wins. And in this very casual little game, it’s Sony that’s been hit hardest by the shortage since the beginning of the year. Consequence throughout the first quarter of 2022, PlayStation 5 is beaten both by Switch (by number of consoles sold) and by Xbox Series (by turnover). In this context, we assume that giving the PC a little nudge wouldn’t hurt business.
There remains one area Sony can rejoice in right now: the remarkable success of its exclusives. But before we get into it, honor the king, place for the champion. Despite the elbowing competition at the gate, Ring of the Elden did not tremble and remains by far the best-selling game for the second consecutive month, even recording an increase of more than 10% compared to sales in February. Everything has already been said about its worldwide success, which led to a staggering 12 million copies sold worldwide.
Without the FromSoftware signature phenomenon, it is Gran Turismo 7 who would have taken the throne, but the racing simulator still won its little crown – this episode had the best launch in the franchise’s history in 25 years. Small detail, this best launch was achieved in terms of value but not volume. To complete the podium, we welcome Kirby and the Forgotten Worldwhich also undoubtedly marks the best launch in the history of the franchise, even if the NPD has not raised this detail.
On the other hand, the NDP underlines a very important point concerning MLB The show 22, which otherwise we could have accused of poor performance: if the baseball simulation is “only” 4th in the standings it is because only the sales of the MVP and Digital Deluxe editions are taken into consideration, the standard editions of the game coming out too late to appear in the March ranking. Suffice it to say that too Ring of the Elden it could very well take a hit on the charts next month, especially as the Switch is added to PlayStation and Xbox consoles this year.
The top 5 ends with Forbidden West Horizon who seems to keep the distance with honor for his second month. Despite the exceptional presence of 3 new PlayStation Studios in the top 5, the disappearance of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Moralesstill registered in the top 20 from November 2020, it illustrates well the lack of availability of the PS5.
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Spending on iOS and Android games fell 12% from last year. Candy Crush Saga, Roblox, Coin Master, Garena Free Fire, Genshin Impact, Evony: The King’s Return, Bingo Blitz, Royal Match, and Candy Crush Soda Saga are the titles that made the most money last month in the United States.
Spending on accessories is down 23% from last year. The accessory that has brought in the most money since the beginning of the year is the Xbox Elite Series 2 controller.