Games Market Monitor: Console Hardware, Q1 2018

July 09, 2018  | Subscribers Only

Steve Bailey Steve Bailey Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit
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There was a mixture of fortunes for the hardware manufacturers in the first quarter of 2018. In the western world, PS4 sell-through to consumers declined year-on-year versus Q1 17, but remained positive in Asia, including Japan.

The launch of the Xbox One X in November 2017 has driven sales and improved market share for the Xbox One hardware family this year on a global basis, against PS4 and Switch consoles combined.


  • Xbox One grows in stature and market share, thanks to Xbox One X
  • Japan is one region where Switch sees year-on-year increase
  • The dedicated handheld market is falling back, except in North America

In this report:

  • Hardware volumes: World
  • Hardware volumes: PAL region
  • Hardware volumes: USA
  • Hardware volumes: Japan
  • Market share by territory
  • Market share by platform
  • Regional distribution of first-party game-development capability 

 List of tables and charts:

  • World hardware: YoY change
  • World hardware: Sales volume
  • PAL hardware: YoY change
  • PAL hardware: Sales volume
  • USA hardware: YoY change
  • USA hardware: Sales volume
  • Japan hardware: YoY change
  • Japan hardware: Sales volume
  • Regional market share, by format
  • Market share, by region
  • Market share, by format: TV consoles
  • Market share, by format: Handheld consoles
  • Switch installed base, forecast to 2021
  • Table: Snapshot of indie titles for Switch

Number of Pages: 10

Number of Tables and Charts: 14 

Steve Bailey

Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit

Steve Bailey is a principal senior analyst for Games at IHS Markit.

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