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US charts for August: Madden NFL 23 takes rights back, PS5 and Xbox series sales continue to rise - News

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And, as usual, we’re kicking off this summary of results for the month of August with equipment sales that were up 14% in value over the same period from last year to $375 million. An increase that is, of course, explained by the improvement in the production capabilities of the latest generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. However, it should be noted that since the beginning of the year, equipment spending has fallen slightly by 4% to a total of $2.9 billion.

And it’s the PS5 that, like last month, has the upper hand, both in terms of value and units sold. The Nintendo Switch remains the best-selling console in 2022, but the PS5 retains its top spot in terms of revenue. Finally, Sony’s latest, like Microsoft’s, posted double-digit sales growth compared to last year.

In terms of game sales, the release of Madden NFL 23 in the heart of August was clearly a success as the Electronic Arts title took the top spot in the rankings while also becoming the fifth best-selling game of the year. An achievement that earns the license for the 23rd consecutive year. And it’s another newcomer to grab the second position, Saints Row, which is taking advantage of a relatively quiet month of August in terms of releases to make its mark. One ranking was also turned upside down by the strong comeback of Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was catapulted from 84th to second place thanks to its release on PC. It’s also the best-selling game on Steam this month. There was also a good upswing for Horizon Forbidden West, which climbed from 28th to 12th in the rankings thanks to a drop in the selling price during the month.

All of these moves result in Elden Ring being relegated to 4th place, which remains an outstanding achievement six months after its release, especially as the title signed by From Software remains this year’s best-selling title. The MultiVersus phenomenon, which took the top step of the podium last month thanks to the sale of Founder’s Package, lost steam this month and fell back to 5th position. The same goes for Xenoblade Chronicles 3, which lost six places and dropped to tenth place. Nintendo also keeps only five of its exclusives in this ranking, up from seven last month.

Finally, with regard to accessories, the US market recorded a further 18% drop in sales compared to the previous year, from 15% last month, to USD 138 million. A decline that the NPD Institute attributes to a decline in consumer spending on headsets and controllers. Since the beginning of the year, sales in this accessory segment have decreased by 14% from last year to a total of $1.4 billion.

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