PS4 and Xbox One sales ‘declining faster than expected’ in US | VGC
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Sales of both current-gen systems were significantly lower in January, compared to the same period during the last console generation (January 2013).
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Following the data’s publication, Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad suggested that a number of factors could have contributed to the decline of current-gen hardware sales.
“PS4 and XB1 have both held at current price points for a number of years,” he said, adding that the impact of early announcements for both next-gen consoles – PS5 was announced almost 18 months ahead of launch – also likely contributed.
The fact that both PlayStation 5" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/platforms/playstation/ps5/">PS5 and Xbox Series X" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/platforms/xbox/scarlett/">Xbox Series X are confirmed to be backwards compatible with current-gen games could also have contributed.
There have also been delays to key titles planned for 2020, Including The Last of Us Part 2" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/games/the-last-of-us-part-2/">The Last of Us Part 2 and Cyberpunk 2077" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/games/cyberpunk-2077/">Cyberpunk 2077.
Overall, US hardware spending was down 35 percent in January, when compared to a year ago. Total spending across hardware, software, accessories and game cards fell 26 percent.
Nintendo" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/platforms/nintendo/">Nintendo Switch was the best-selling hardware platform of January in both unit and dollar sales.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was January’s best-selling game, followed by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/games/call-of-duty/call-of-duty-modern-warfare/">Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
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