US PS5 sales are now tracking ahead of PS4’s on a time-aligned basis
While Resident Evil 4 topped March’s software sales chart
PlayStation 5 sales in the United States have overtaken those of PS4 on a time-aligned basis.
That’s according to Mat Piscatella, executive director and video game industry analyst at Circana (formerly NPD Group).
In the company’s latest monthly sales report, which was published on Wednesday, Piscatella noted that PS5 unit sales are now tracking ahead of PS4’s after the first 29 months on the market for both consoles.
Boosted by increased stock and recent price promotions, PS5 is the best-selling console in units and dollars for both March and 2023 year-to-date.
Last month, Circana reported that PS5 sales had reached a record high for any PlayStation system in the month of February. And according to Piscatella, PS5 also set a new March individual PlayStation platform unit record.
Sony recently said it expects PS5 to smash PS4’s global sales record for the first three months of a calendar year.
Circana also said today that Resident Evil 4 was the best-selling game in March, and it is now the third highest-selling game of the year behind Modern Warfare 2 and frontrunner Hogwarts Legacy.
The other new entries on the top 20 monthly software sales chart were MLB: The Show 23 at No.3 and WWE 2K23 at No.7.
Total US consumer spending on game hardware, content and accessories in March was down 5% year-over-year to $4.6 billion.
Year-to-date consumer spending is down 1% compared to the same period in 2022, to $13.6 billion.