Mat Piscatella , chief executive and video game industry advisor at NPD Group, tweeted that in February 2022, the Nintendo Switch console overtook the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 in the U.S. in terms of both sales and revenue .
February’s success offset Switch’s weak sales in January, with both rivals pulling ahead, with the PS5 leading the way. The competition between Japanese brands suddenly escalated when it turned out that in September, a new console from Sony bypassed the Nintendo prefix, which had held the undisputed leadership for almost three years. However, the celebration did not last long: the new Switch OLED managed to return the company to strong sales and establish leadership in November and December last year. According to the 2022 interim results, Switch was ahead in terms of the number of units shipped, while PS5 brought in more revenue.
Strong sales figures Switch in the first place provided by the actual availability of consoles in retail. The global shortage of semiconductor components has made the PS5 and Xbox Series X almost impossible to buy without paying resellers. And Switch, which recently turned 5 years old, is still easier to find in stores, despite the fact that the production of set-top boxes had to be reduced by 20% due to a shortage of semiconductors. Perhaps when the shortage is defeated, the market share of consoles will change.