PS5 Breaks Fastest-Selling Console Record in U.S. History

Five months after release, Sony’s PS5 has become the fastest-selling console in US history. In both unit and dollar sales.

The PS5 sold 4.5m units globally in 2020. In February, Sony said it was on track to sell over 7.6m PS5 units by 31st March 2021.

Last month, NPD Group’s analyst and executive director Mat Piscatella tweeted the latest stats on consumer video game spending. The PS5 was already, at that time, “the fastest-selling hardware platform” in US history, in terms of total dollar sales.

On the 16th of April, the same Mat Piscatella tweeted a detailed stats thread, but this time regarding unit sales. While he gave a sort of hierarchy, Mat didn’t reveal the exact numbers.

The Nintendo Switch doesn’t fall short either. In Q1 2021, Nintendo Switch was the unit sales leader, while PS5 ranked first in hardware dollar sales in the US.

Games record sales

Games-related, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War took the #1 spot in March 2021, while also securing the best-selling title of both the first quarter and 12-month period ending March 2021.

Monster Hunter: Rise took March’s 2nd best-seller, while also ranking 1st on Switch. After just one month, MH: Rise has become the second-best-selling Monster Hunter game in terms of dollar sales, only trailing Monster Hunter: World.

Outriders rounded out the top three, also ranking as the #3 best-selling game on both Xbox and PlayStation platforms.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe finishes at number #6, while also becoming the best-selling racing game in U.S. history.


Returning to the PS5, the DualSense Wireless Controller White was the leading accessory in dollar sales for March, as well as Q1 2021. Spending on video game accessories reached a March $300 million record, 26% higher when compared to 2020. Q1 accessory dollar sales totalled $717 million, 42% higher than 2020.

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