March 2022 NPD: PS5 stock problems put Sony last

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PlayStation 5 stock It seems that there are problems worstno better, with the death of Sony’s new generation system last time Latest NPD Report. While major competitor Microsoft was able to break the record for March, and the Nintendo Switch continues to perform as consistently as ever, the PS5 finds itself faltering in North America — no, it’s worth emphasizing, by inattention, but because Grand The lack of supply is starting to turn into a real problem.

Of course, there’s very little the Japanese giant can do about the ongoing chip shortage, but as the competition’s supply chain comes in order, questions will be raised about what Sony is doing to improve PS5 availability. The massive shortage of inventory contributed to a 24 percent shortfall in US hardware sales for March 2022, and the dream of gamers moving to the PS5 “at an unprecedented pace” as the company has now planned seems dead. We are approaching the Plan B area.

The good news is that Sony’s published software is at least communicating with consumers. Gran Turismo 7 took second place on the software charts, and “set a new record for launch month dollar sales ever” for the franchise. MLB The Show 22, with only the more expensive Early Access options tracking down, did exceptionally well in fourth place as well — of course, adding this year’s Nintendo Switch version.

Horizon Forbidden West continues to sell well to boot: It’s down from second place, but is solidly in fifth, well ahead of Pokémon Legends Arceus. Elsewhere, various new releases like Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, and Ghostwire: Tokyo all did just fine, placing 10th, 11th and 12th respectively. So, a pretty decent month for PlayStation software, but the state of the hardware looks worrisome.

Top 20 NPD Program: March 2022

  1. elden ring
  2. Gran Turismo 7
  3. Kirby and the Forgotten Land*
  4. MLB Show #22
  5. Forbidden horizon west
  6. Pokémon Legends Arceus *
  7. WWE 2K22*
  8. Mario Kart 8 *
  9. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  10. Stranger’s Paradise: The Origin of Final Fantasy
  11. Tiny Tina’s Wonders*
  12. Ghost Wire: Tokyo
  13. FIFA 22
  14. Maine Craft
  15. Madden NFL 22
  16. triangle strategy*
  17. Mario Party Superstars *
  18. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  19. Animal Crossing: New Horizons*
  20. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

NPD PS5 and PS4 Program: March 2022

  1. elden ring
  2. Gran Turismo 7
  3. MLB Show #22
  4. Forbidden horizon west
  5. WWE 2K22*
  6. Stranger’s Paradise: The Origin of Final Fantasy
  7. Call of Duty: Vanguard
  8. Tiny Tina’s Wonders*
  9. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Ghost Wire Tokyo

*Digital sales not included
# MVP and Digital Deluxe Edition only

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