The year 2022 is coming to an end, so it’s time to answer the all-important question – who won the console wars last year? I mean, not that we care about stuff like that here, but you know, just out of curiosity. we will, According to Mat Piscatella of the NPD GroupNintendo Switch was the No. 1 console of 2022 in North America in terms of unit sales, which isn’t a huge surprise as the Switch topped the charts for most months of the past year. However, in terms of actual dollar sales, the PlayStation 5 was the #1 console of 2022.
It looks like the PS5 had a shot at bringing out the Switch in terms of both consoles And Dollar sales, as it was a major console gross in both October and November after Sony finally got around to figuring out its supply chain issues, but in the end, the Switch held onto its title. For the record, the Switch returned to its usual spot as No. 1 in unit sales in December.
Inclusive, 2022 was a bit of a low-key year for the industry, with gamers spending $56.6 billion on games, add-on content, and hardware. Hardware spending is up year-over-year as both Sony and Microsoft have already managed to get new generation consoles off the shelves, and subscription spending has also increased. It appears that the drop in spending was largely due to 2022’s rather small slate of new AAA titles (check out the best selling programs of 2022 here) as well as general economic conditions, such as inflation.
Which direction will things go in 2023? With new consoles now in decent supply and major exclusives like The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Starfield, and Spider-Man 2 set to release, it’s likely to be a big year. Then again, if some economists predict this recession, it could end up having a huge dampening effect.
what do you think? Which console will win the war in 2023?