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Game consoles unit sales in the U.S. by device/platform 2007-2018

2018 was a stable year in terms of video game console sales in the United States, with both the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 selling over five million units. Microsoft’s newest generation console, the Xbox One has lagged slightly behind with around 4.3 million sales, but still ranks among the top selling consoles of 2018.

Console Gaming

Since the release of the world’s first gaming console in 1972, the Magnovox Odyssey, the console gaming industry has exploded in popularity and become a massive global industry. Modern consoles regularly sell tens of millions of units throughout their lifespan as players from around the world compete in everything from virtual sports to medieval fantasies (268966).

Video Game Industry

The video game industry as a whole encompasses not only console gaming but also computer gaming, and newer platforms like smartphone and VR gaming. As of 2018, the industry is estimated to be worth well over one hundred billion dollars, with smartphone games recently surpassing consoles to be the highest revenue generator in the industry.

Unit sales of game consoles in the United States by platform from 2007 to 2018

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Release date

January 2019


United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Figures are updated by the source on a weekly basis. Additional data-collection methodology is available here.

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