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PS4 and State of Decay 2 Win NPD for May 2018

The NPD results for May 2018 are out, and PS4 stands tall on top of hardware, while State of Decay 2 wins the software race in a good month across the board.

June 21, 2018

Today NPD disclosed its statistics for the month of May 2018 related to the United States Market, by way of Analyst Mat Piscatella.

We learn that total video game sales are up 13% in May, and 15% year-to-date. State of Decay 2 was the best-selling game for the month, while the PS4 was at the top of hardware. All home platforms (PS4, Xbox One, and Switch) had record-high sales for May compared to previous years. The PS4 also remains the best-selling console in 2018.

Hardware dollar sales increased by 18% year-on-year, software sales decreased by 4%, while accessories sales increased by 30%

State of Decay 2 sold twice as many units as the first State of Decay, while God of War, which dropped to second place, became the second best-selling title of 2018 so far, after Far Cry 5. Incidentally, six of the top-ten ranked games were console exclusives.

Detroit: Become Human ranked third, and it had the best debut month for a Quantic Dream game ever. On the Switch front, its software sales increased by 90% year-on-year, marking the best May for a Nintendo platform since the Wii in 2011.

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You can check out the relevant slides and the full video below, in which Piscatella provides more insight on the numbers. You can also enjoy the previous month’s results if you’d like to compare.




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Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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