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January 2023 NPD: PS5 dominates as HBO powers last in our charts



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Sony is expected to dominate the game industry this year, although Nintendo, of course, seems set to remain a close competitor. On the back of a massive relaunch exercise, the PS5 is on top NPD Sales chart for January 2023 in the United States, beating its closest competitor Nintendo Switch in both units and dollar sales. Despite this, the success of either console could not offset a slide in consumer spending in other consoles, resulting in a five percent drop in industry spending in 2022 compared to the same period.

Despite the overall slowdown, Sony will be satisfied with the results. The Last of Us: Part I – powered by the success of HBO’s record-breaking debut – enjoyed a remarkable resurgence, climbing an incredible 25 places to reach No. 11 in the software charts. It charted just a few places behind God of War Ragnarok and the evergreen Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. New release Forspoken landed in seventh place, though it’s hard to determine whether Square Enix would be satisfied with that performance given the project’s scope and marketing costs.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 topped the charts, but the Dead Space remake fared better, finishing second. The month’s other major multiformat release, One Piece Odyssey, also performed strongly, placing ninth overall. We’ve included the full list of best sellers below for your consideration. Did you buy any new games in January 2023, and if so, what did you get? Let us know in the comments section below.

NPD Software Top 20: January 2023

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. Dead space
  3. Madden NFL 23
  4. FIFA 23
  5. Fire Symbol Engagement*
  6. Alden Ring
  7. spoke
  8. Ragnarok God of War
  9. A piece odyssey
  10. Pokemon Scarlet/Violet*
  11. The Last of Us: Part I
  12. Sonic Frontiers
  13. Monster Hunter Rise
  14. mario kart 8*
  15. Minecraft
  16. Need speed unbound
  17. Just Dance 2023
  18. NBA 2K23*
  19. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
  20. NHL 23

* Does not include digital sales


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