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PS5 Outsells Switch in the US to End 33 Month Streak

PS5 Outsells Switch in the US to End 33 Month Streak - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 4,511 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the US in September 2021 in terms of unit sales and dollars, according to figures from NPD. NPD includes the dates for the five week period of August 29 through October 2. 

The PlayStation 5 is the best-selling hardware platform in 2021 in terms of dollars, while the Nintendo Switch is number one in units sold.

With the PlayStation 5 as the best-selling hardware platform in September does mean the Nintendo Switch streak of 33 months at number one has been broken. The last time a console outsold the Nintendo Switch was the PlayStation 4 in November 2018.

PS5 Outsells Switch in the US to End 33 Month Streak

"PlayStation 5 was the best-selling hardware platform of September in both units and dollars," said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. "PlayStation 5 is the best-selling hardware platform of 2021 year-to-date in dollars, while Nintendo Switch leads in units.

He added, "September 2021 snaps the remarkable 33 consecutive month streak that Nintendo Switch was the market's leading platform in hardware unit sales. November 2018 was the last month a platform other than Nintendo Switch led the market in unit sales (PlayStation 4)."

Overall spending on video games increased three percent year-over-year from $4.25 billion to $4.36 billion. Year-to-date spending increased 12 percent compared to 2020 from $37.74 billion to $42.28 billion.

"eptember 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories grew 3% when compared to a year ago, reaching an September record $4.4 billion," said Piscatella. "YTD spending reached $42.3B, a 12% increase versus a year ago."

He added, "Hardware was once again a primary driver of spending gains in September, increasing 49% compared to a year ago. Mobile and Subscription offset declines across other segments to keep content spending flat versus a year ago."

PS5 Outsells Switch in the US to End 33 Month Streak

Overall spending on hardware increased 49 percent year-on-year to from $276 million to $412 million. Year-to-date spending on hardware has increased 49 percent compared to 2020 from $2.29 billion to $3.41 billion.

"September 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content and accessories grew 3% when compared to a year ago, reaching an September record $4.4 billion," said said Piscatella. "YTD spending reached $42.3B, a 12% increase versus a year ago."

Spending on video game content in September 2021 is flat year-over-year from at $3.78 billion. Year-to-date spending on content has increased 10 percent from $33.84 billion to $37.11 billion.

Spending on video game accessories is down 12 percent in September 2021 to $171 million, while year-to-date spending is up nine percent to $1.76 billion. The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller was the best-selling accessory in September in terms of dollar sales. The PlayStation 5 DualSense Wireless Controller White is the best-selling accessory in 2021.

"The Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller repeated as the best-selling accessory of September, while the PS5 DualSense Wirelesss Controller White remains the best-selling accessory of 2021 year-to-date," said Piscatella.

Madden NFL 22 was the best-selling game in the US in September 2021 on the overall charts, PlayStation charts, and Xbox charts for the second straight month. It is now the second best-selling game on 2021. 

"Madden NFL 22 repeated as the best-selling game of the month," said Piscatella. "It now ranks as the #2 best-selling game of 2021 year-to-date, and is the 4th best-selling title of the 12 month period ending September 2021. Madden NFL 22 led on both PlayStation and Xbox."

The next two spots on the overall charts were for the debut of two new sports games. FIFA 22 debuted in second place, followed by NBA 2K22 in third place.

Tales of Arise debuted in fourth place on the overall charts and set a new launch month record in terms of dollar sales for the franchise.

"Tales of Arise set a new launch month dollar sales record for any Tales Of franchise release," said Piscatella. "Tales of Arise ranked as the 4th best-selling game of September 2021."

Diablo II: Resurrected and Deathloop debuted in fifth and sixth places, respectively. Life is Strange: True Colors debuted in 10th place.

"Life is Strange: True Colors launched as September's #10 best-selling game," said Piscatella. "Life is Strange: True Colors generated the highest launch month dollar sales for any Life is Strange title to date."

Diablo Prime Evil Collection debuted in 12th place, followed by the debut of Sonic Colors Ultimate in 13th place. WarioWare: Get It Together! debuted in 15th place.

"WarioWare: Get It Together debuted as the 15th overall best-selling game of Sept, while also ranking 2nd on Switch," said Piscatella. "WarioWare: Get It Together achieved the highest launch month sales for a WarioWare franchise release since WarioWare Smooth Moves in January 2007."

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars for September 2021:

Top 10 best-selling Nintendo games for September 2021:

Top 10 best-selling PlayStation games for September 2021:

Top 10 best-selling Xbox games for September 2021:

Here are the top 10 best-selling games of 2021 to date:


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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21 Comments
thevideogameninja (on 18 October 2021)

Surprised there were even enough PS5s to get the job done.

Trying to find a PS5 now is still like trying to find the Lost Ark.

-INDIANA JONES NINJA APPROVED-

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Signalstar (on 18 October 2021)

C-C-C-C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!

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eddy7eddy Signalstar (on 18 October 2021)

Haha, Switch Couldn't finish it's Ultra Combo.

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DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

But it will still take quite some time for it to be a regular occurence.

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trunkswd DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

Agreed. Switch with the OLED launch should have no problem being #1 in October. I'd also expect far more Switch stock this holiday season.

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DonFerrari trunkswd (on 18 October 2021)

Yep, I don't think PS5 or Series being first will be a regular occurence before mid 2022.

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Torpoleon DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

And even then, I doubt either of them will be able to hold a 33 month streak.

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DonFerrari Torpoleon (on 18 October 2021)

I really doubt any of them could, probably even if PS5 were to dominate USA I would bet Series will get a few months at least, and the successor to Switch won't take 30 months to launch

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Torpoleon DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

Exactly. If anything, the Switch successor might be able to pull it off depending on when it launches and when PS5 & Xbox Series get replaced (though I don't want to talk about replacements for systems that are nearly impossible to find.

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DonFerrari Torpoleon (on 18 October 2021)

Don`t think it will happen, but it is possible though (switch successor doing a record break)

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NextGen_Gamer DonFerrari (on 18 October 2021)

Yeah, the 33 month streak is insanely incredible. I think only a Switch 2 has a shot at matching or breaking it. If Nintendo did a awesome, high-powered Switch 2 AND coupled it with an affordable price point, like the Wii (maybe $249 launch?), well I could see that selling like bonkers for quite a while lol

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DonFerrari NextGen_Gamer (on 19 October 2021)

It would be a first to see Nintendo hit two gens in a row, even more two breaking records. So far they have always fumbled the sequel of the console, losing sales. But since it will be a first for hybrid let's see.

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siebensus4 (on 18 October 2021)

Aaaaah, so close ^^ According to VGC the difference is just 11'628 units between Switch and PS5 in the US in September. The period should be between August 29 and October 3 - and not October 18 (which is today) as mentioned in the first paragraph. Second paragraph is also irritating and in contradiction with the first paragraph. Just cut the September in the second paragraph. Maybe drink some coffee, Will ^^

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trunkswd siebensus4 (on 18 October 2021)

Funny story. I did write this before my morning coffee.

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FarleyMcFirefly (on 18 October 2021)

I hope WarioWare hits 1 million (worldwide) eventually. It is so much fun.

What was the previous record streak? Was it PS4 and how many months?

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Kakadu18 FarleyMcFirefly (on 18 October 2021)

It was Xbox 360 with 32 months, just one month less, beaten by the PS3 in September 2013 because the PS3 got a boost from the GTA V launch. Had the X360 kept the lead there it would still hold the record.

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UteGuy (on 18 October 2021)

Hot cakes wish they sold like PlayStations.. amiright

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scrapking UteGuy (on 18 October 2021)

I don't know... are hot cakes supply constrained?

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Tridrakious (on 18 October 2021)

What was the release numbers for MLB: The Show 21? It's sitting at 3rd overall, but no where in the current charts. And that's without the digital Xbox sales. Impressive that it had that big of a cushion.

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AdvanceWebSolutions (on 20 October 2021)

The only reason PS5 hasn't outsold Switch before now is because you still can't get one anywhere. Once that problem is finally solved they will be tough to beat.

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Mars2001 (on 18 October 2021)

Without oled preorders in September.Its natural.

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