May 2017 NPD: PS4 Outsells Switch, Injustice 2 Defeats Prey

After two months at the top, the Nintendo Switch was outsold by the PlayStation 4 in May 2017 in the United States, the NPD has revealed. NPD analyst Mat Piscatella adds that “Switch continues to be the primary catalyst for hardware spending gains,” and the combined sales of the PS4 and Xbox One are 29% higher than the PS3 and Xbox 360 after 43 months.

As for total industry sales in May 2017, they were down 11% year-on-year to $542 million. This includes an increase of 7% in hardware to $147 million, a drop of 20% in console software to $271 million, a drop of 48% in PC software to $12 million, and an increase of 1% in accessories to $112 million.

Discussing software sales in May 2017, Piscatella said, “The new release slate of May 2016, led by Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Overwatch, and Doom proved a challenging comparable.” He then added, “Year to date, video game software dollar sales are flat versus 2016, at $1.9 billion.”

Here’s the top 20 best-selling games (by revenue) of May 2017 in the US through physical and digital retailers, keeping in mind that digital sales aren’t included for Mario Kart 8, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Prey, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia, or the PC version of Overwatch:

  1. Injustice 2
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Prey
  6. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. MLB The Show 17
  10. Overwatch
  11. Rainbow Six Siege
  12. Horizon Zero Dawn
  13. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  14. Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  15. Mass Effect Andromeda
  16. Farpoint
  17. Battlefield 1
  18. NieR: Automata
  19. Minecraft
  20. FIFA 17

And here’s the top 10 best-selling PS4 games of May 2017 in the US:

  1. Injustice 2
  2. MLB The Show 17
  3. Prey
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn
  6. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  7. Farpoint
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Overwatch
  10. NieR: Automata

Thanks to a strong launch, Injustice 2 is already in the top 10 best-selling games of 2017 so far:

  1. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Mass Effect Andromeda
  7. Resident Evil 7
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Finally, these are the 10 best-selling games of the last 12 months rolling through May 2017, which sees the top four unchanged from last month:

  1. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  2. Battlefield 1
  3. NBA 2K17
  4. Madden NFL 17
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Overwatch
  7. FIFA 17
  8. Ghost Recon Wildlands
  9. Final Fantasy XV
  10. For Honor

Furthermore, the top 10 best-selling portable games in May 2017 were all for Nintendo 3DS, with Fire Emblem and Pokemon Sun/Moon leading the way.

[Source: Venture Beat, GameSpot]