Sep 14, 2021 - Technology

Video game sales skyrocket to record highs

A child plays a video game on a Nintendo Switch.

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U.S. video game sales in August hit a record $4.4 billion, proving that the bump in gaming seen during the pandemic last year wasn't a passing trend.

The details: It was a huge month for hardware, which the NPD Group reports hit $329 million, the best August sales number since 2008.

  • The Nintendo Switch continues to outshine competitors Microsoft and Sony, as it maintained sales highs last month. The console was the best-selling hardware in August and for the year to date.
  • The PlayStation 5 is leading in terms of actual dollar sales, however, and remains the company's fastest-selling platform.

By the numbers: Consumer spending for hardware, content and accessories rose 7% since the same period last year.

  • Year-to-date hardware is up 49% since 2020.

Yes, but: Consoles remain hard to get for most people — and we're still early into the life-cycle of the current console generation.

And the best-selling August game goes to ... "Madden NFL 22."

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