January 2018 NPD: Switch leads console sales; PlayStation 4 is No. 1 for revenues

More people bought Nintendo Switch consoles than Xbox One or PlayStation 4 systems in January in the U.S., but consumers spent more money on Sony’s system, according to industry-intelligence firm The NPD Group. Don’t worry about the Xbox One, though — it had its best January ever.

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Neonridr28d ago ShowReplies(2)
DialgaMarine28d ago

From the sound of things, the numbers of all 3 were extremely close.

Obscure_Observer28d ago ShowReplies(5)
The Wood28d ago (Edited 28d ago )

Well done switch. Solid momentum. . Keep brining the games.

Seems it was a good month all round

darthv7227d ago

3% difference between the 1st and 3rd place entries so yes... a very good month all around.

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G20WLY27d ago

"Keep brining the games."

Why so salty? 😁

fr0sty27d ago

Sounds like a very healthy market.

galmi27d ago

Dont know why mentioning its a healthy market will amount to downvotes


Mr Marvel28d ago

I hasn't even been out a year yet, so if it was slowing down already then Nintendo would have a problem.

Sony isn't slowing down either and their console has been out for over 4 years.

PeaSFor27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Well at some point the ps4 will obviously slow down because of market saturation, seriously, who doesnt own a ps4 anyway?

DialgaMarine27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

@PeaSFor True, but I don’t think PS4 is even close to market saturation yet. It’s tracking ahead of PS2, a console that went on to sell 157 million consoles. PS4 won’t do that much, but it’ll definitely come close for sure. 130 million easily, especially when Sony permanently drops the price to $199, and then $149 in a couple years.

wonderfulmonkeyman27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

I don't.
I plan to at some point for Kingdom Hearts 3 at the very least, but right now I'm one of those PS3 and PS2 owners that hasn't upgraded to a 4.
Mostly due to funds and other games taking priority, but minorly because I don't like the community as much as I used to back in the PS2/earlyPS3 days [I honestly feel they've become ten times as toxic as during the PS3 days. It's discouraging], and I don't like that the multiplayer is locked behind a paywall now. [for the record, I don't like that Nintendo's going to do that now too, even if it is quite a bit cheaper than rival services.]

I'll be glad once I have it, though; no way do I want to miss out on the Mana remake and KH3 after being fans of both series for so long.
I'd probably speed up my plans and get one within the next 4 months, if they released a new entry in the Ar Tonelico series, though.XD

EddieNX 27d ago

Who said anything about Sony lol? Way too spin an innocent comment into something about Sony.

NXFather27d ago

Well he is obviously refering to the naysayers of the toys success.

RedDevils27d ago

So Mr Marvel you been in a coma for a year? That's tough.

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ILostMyMind28d ago

It was recently released. If it was already slowing down, it would be a sign of commercial failure.

EddieNX 27d ago

Thanks for enlightening me I guess. Or stating the obvious.

Switch is doing very very well. I know if it wasnt that would be a problem, duh...

Neonridr27d ago

a year isn't exactly recent. I mean the Wii U and Vita were not selling well after a year on the market.

indysurfn27d ago

Did you say that when People where saying PS4 is not slowing down near its first year of being on the market?

BlackTar18727d ago


What do those 2 things have in common? Considered a Failure lol.

Booth are good though but that doesn't change the reality

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Lime12327d ago

Last week in Japan it only sold 39k.

DialgaMarine27d ago

A lot of people are buying PS4’s in JP because of MHW. Needless to say, the market is very healthy for both. Really, all you need to have to enjoy a good gaming experience is a PS4 and Switch.

Neonridr27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

lol.. yeah the PS4 has outsold the Switch for the first 2 months of the year thanks to Monster Hunter. But you forget how much more Switches were sold in November and December over the PS4. Wait until Pokemon releases later this year if you want to see actual sales numbers.

But hey.. it's you.. so anything you can say to try to take away from Switch success.

indysurfn27d ago

AND......???? This is a Nintendo article....And PS4 dips some weeks also....AND that times 4 is over 136 a month for JAPAN!

indysurfn27d ago

@LIME123 One week sales is the ultimate GRASPING at straws session! Heck I can find a week that PS4 was below 10,000 in sales would you call that reasonable?

Look at VGCHART JAPAN weekly sales it has SWITCH at 215k and PS4 at 61k.....So you still feel like looking at weekly sales?

@LIME123 One week sales is the ultimate GRASPING at straws session! Heck I can find a week that PS4 was below 10,000 in sales would you call that reasonable?

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kevnb28d ago

revenues dont matter as much as profits.

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Eonjay28d ago

Revenue is more important because you can't have profits without it. The NPD wouldn't know what a companies profits would be, only what slice of the industry's revenue was captured by which company.

morganfell28d ago (Edited 28d ago )

Profit and earnings are usually posted quarterly.

kevnb27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Would you rather make $10 but spend $8 or make $5 and spend $2?

Eonjay27d ago


Profit emerges from revenue when cost is applied. Your question does make sense. Cost doesn't come from profit so you would want to get the lowest cost and highest revenue.

blawren427d ago

To be fair, profit is a way to put revenue in context. just as cost alone isn't very valuable, neither is revenue. The whole picture of all 3 is what is important.

Revenues are important in the total market as the article suggests as a reflection on health of the overall market, but profits are what drives future development. Remember the PS3 being unprofitable for years?

BlackTar18727d ago

Do they both sell the same amount of units?

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SlapHappyJesus27d ago

Amazon, essentially, cornered the market with that logic in reverse.

kevnb27d ago

no they did not. Sure they worked hard to get market share, but they make a ton of profit.

SlapHappyJesus27d ago


You should really look into the profit margin/revenue with that company. By business standards, it's not a giant success. There were many year-to-year profit losses even just to get there. They played their own game, eliminated other businesses, cornered markets, and profited. They undercut competition, even if it meant actually losing money on sales. Of course they are bringing in a disgusting amount of money, but that's through the sheer number of sales they do. It's not necessarily because their company brings in giant profit per sale. This was their business philosophy, and it worked for them.


Amazon is worth more than microsoft now. The CEO is the richest person in the world.

BlackTar18727d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Amazon is exactly doing that. Look up their cloud margin to see that in the most extreme.

Trust me its insane they make so little profit per transaction, but they're slowly taking over.

MasterCornholio27d ago (Edited 27d ago )

In order to make a ton of money with a low profit margin (Price - Cost) you need to sell alot. That's just how the profit formula works. But in the end profit is still the most important figure.

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DialgaMarine27d ago

I think it’s safe to say that if PS4 has high revenue, the profits are high. There’s No indicator that Sony is selling either PS4 or Pro at a loss.

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Dlaw7628d ago

Xbox One is hanging in there with no exclusives and virtually no support from Japanese publishers that's amazing

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Neonridr28d ago

well this is NPD, so it only focuses on North America. Xbox does well in North America, so no surprise.

IamTylerDurden127d ago

It's surprising that xbone x isn't having more impact on overall sales. There were ppl that expected xbox to take many NPDs after the x.

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UCForce28d ago

Nope. He doesn’t know how to say.

Mr Marvel28d ago ShowReplies(3)
Lime12327d ago

Didnt MHW and Dragon Ball just released on Xbox?

Dragonscale27d ago

Hanging on in their home turf. I'm sure ms will be ecstatic lol.

Dlaw7627d ago (Edited 27d ago )

Check Microsoft money I'm sure they are not worried

xX-oldboy-Xx27d ago

Dlaw76 - What do they do with all that money? Not much that I can think of.

Dragonscale27d ago

All that money and the most powerful console has done jack sh1t lol.

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