The final NPD report of 2020 is in, and with it comes information of US online game spending not solely in December however a abstract of 2020, too. Activision’s Name of Responsibility: Black Ops: Chilly Warfare ends as each the month and yr’s greatest vendor, whereas Sony’s PS5 continues to construct on its distinctive begin in November.

As is typical, The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella was readily available to interrupt down the outcomes by way of Twitter, which kicked off with a have a look at the general market.

“December 2020 shopper spending throughout online game {hardware}, content material and equipment reached a December report $7.7B, 25 % larger when in comparison with a yr in the past. Full-year spending additionally set a brand new report, totaling $56.9B, 27 % larger than 2019.”

An infographic affords a transparent comparability of the previous two years, displaying an enormous uptick in 2020:

Piscatella then strikes onto {hardware}, which was dominated by a wonderful efficiency Nintendo’s Swap, but additionally highlights an distinctive early begin from Sony’s PS5.

“Nintendo Swap was the best-selling {hardware} platform in items and {dollars} for each December and the 2020 yr. Annual greenback gross sales of Swap {hardware} have been the 2nd highest for a platform in U.S. historical past. Solely the 2008 greenback gross sales of Nintendo Wii have been larger,” mentioned Piscatella.

Whereas he then highlights that “the PS5 completed 2020 because the #2 best-selling console in greenback gross sales, whereas PlayStation 4 ranked 2nd in items offered. PlayStation 5 set a brand new greenback gross sales report for PlayStation {hardware} by means of every platform’s first December.”

In complete, annual {hardware} greenback gross sales totaled $5.3 billion, which is 35 % larger than in 2019, and probably the most since $5.6 billion was reached in 2011.

Piscatella then breaks down software program gross sales, which have been led by Name of Responsibility each this month and this yr.

“Name of Responsibility: Black Ops: Chilly Warfare was the best-selling sport of each December in addition to 2020, whereas Name of Responsibility: Trendy Warfare was 2020’s 2nd best-seller. Name of Responsibility ranked because the best-selling gaming franchise within the U.S. marketplace for a report twelfth consecutive yr.”

Different notable takeaways embody the efficiency of Cyberpunk 2077, which regardless of shedding gross sales on account of its refund coverage (because of its launch fiasco) and an absence of digital information nonetheless slots in at second place in December. It’s 2020’s nineteenth best-selling sport general.

In the meantime, The Final of Us: Half II completed 2020 because the yr’s sixth best-selling title general and now ranks because the third best-selling Sony revealed sport in U.S. historical past in greenback gross sales, trailing solely Marvel’s Spider-Man and 2018’s God of Warfare.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons continues to be transferring important numbers of items because it additionally lands in quantity six spot for December. It ends 2020 because the third best-selling sport general.

Beneath you may view the highest 20 software program gross sales by yr, month, after which by every platform individually:

Lastly, Piscatella breaks down spending on equipment, which was 15 % larger in December 2020 than this time final yr at $546m. Total, spending on equipment in 2020 gained 21 %, to $2.6 billion.

For to remind your self of final month’s NPD outcomes it’s right here.


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