Games Market Monitor: Console Hardware, Q2 2018

September 26, 2018  | Subscribers Only

Steve Bailey Steve Bailey Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit
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The console market is in decent health this quarter, offering 4% year-on-year growth for Q2 2018. The primary driver has been Xbox One, and its Xbox One X upgrade, improving the console's standing by more than 40%, compared to Q2 2017.

Although PS4 has not increased overall sales significantly year-on-year, it’s posted growth in USA but seen declines in PAL and Japan. Nintendo’s Switch has been in full supply since the end of last year, but has yet to expand on last year’s record-breaking sales performance.


  • 3DS flat on a global basis, but sees strong return to growth in PAL
  • PS4 expected to maintain sales leadership for 2018, but possibly beaten by Switch in Japan
  • Japan experiences its weakest share of hardware volumes for many years

In this report:

  • Hardware volumes: World
  • Hardware volumes: PAL region
  • Hardware volumes: USA
  • Hardware volumes: Japan
  • Market share by territory
  • Market share by platform
  • Pricing of paid online services for consoles, by region & duration
  • World forecast of subscribers for Nintendo Switch Online

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
  • Table: Subscription pricing for paid online services
  • Subscription service pricing: USA
  • Subscription service pricing: Europe    
  • Subscription service pricing: UK
  • Subscription service pricing: Japan
  • World forecast of subscribers for Nintendo Switch Online

Number of Pages: 12

Number of Tables and Charts: 17 

Steve Bailey

Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit

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

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