August 2021 NPD: Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in units
This month’s NPD report is in, and it confirms that Switch was the best-selling hardware platform in terms of units during August. Additionally, that news goes for 2021 thus far as a whole. Sony leads both time periods in terms of dollar sales with the PlayStation 5, but the console is more expensive.
Across the entire industry, gaming hardware dollar sales in August rose 45 percent year-over-year to $329 million. It’s the highest total for an August month since 2008 ($395 million), and the third highest August month total in history.
Also worth mentioning, year-to-date hardware spending for games is up 49 percent when compared to the same period in 2020, totaling $3.0 billion.