PS5 sold 30 million in 2022 and Xbox Series 18.5, estimates Ampere Analysis
Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S have sold 18.5 million units all over the world until December 2022while PlayStation 5 has reached 30 million in the same period, according to an Ampere Analysis report signed by the video game industry analyst Piers Harding-Rolls. The number of Nintendo Switch rises to 119.5 million (according to Nintendo, 122.5 million).
The analyst’s estimate remains below the official number of consoles distributed as of December 31, 2022 provided by Sony, which increases to 32.5 million consoles. Microsoft does not communicate the sales of its consoles latest generation, which makes the data provided by Ampere Analysis relevant.
Sony leads the market with 45% share of consumer spending across hardware, games and services via/on PlayStation consoles
This was a 1.3% drop versus 2021, which was picked up by Microsoft
MS & Nintendo now have same share: due to Switch decline and strength of Game Pass pic.twitter.com/peGDZR5Oti—Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) February 28, 2023
During 2022, Harding-Rolls explains, both PS5 and Xbox Series X had supply issues. This allowed M.Microsoft increase its market share percentage thanks to the availability of Xbox Series Sa downward trend due to the lower popularity of the cheaper and less powerful console, according to the analyst.
With the recovery of the PS5 offer in USA and the rest of the world, from Ampere Analysis they hope that the difference in number of consoles sold increases in favor of Sony during the first half of 2023, or at least until Xbox Series X normalizes its stocka fact that they expect to happen during the second half of the year.
Subscription services were the only area of growth in 2022 – up 5.6% (10.9% cc) to $7.8bn
– subscription volume was actually down, but higher ARPU from new sub-tiers resulted in more spending pic.twitter.com/bcL0d31mZu—Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) February 28, 2023
Microsoft increases its market share in the industry
However, the Microsoft’s presence in the world video game industry increases during 2022. By adding revenue from hardware (consoles and accessories), games and subscriptions, Xbox’s market share grew to 27.3% (in 2021 it was 25.5%). At the same time, the Sony decreased from 46.3% to 45%.
The analyst points out that this is due to the increase in console sales and the Xbox Game Pass subscribersespecially in the last three months of 2022. In fact, Harding-Rolls points out that compared to 2021 hardware sales, video game sales and especially DLC sales decreasedwhile the only ones that increased were subscriptions, 5.6%.
Premium game sales were down in volume and value (-5.9%), although the average sales price increased offsetting some of the drop in sales volume
In-game and DLC sales saw biggest drop (-14.7%) as there was a post-pandemic reset and cost-of-living began to bite—Piers Harding-Rolls (@PiersHR) February 28, 2023