Games Market Monitor: Console Market Q1 2019

June 05, 2019  | Subscribers Only

Steve Bailey Steve Bailey Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit
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Console unit sales for the first quarter of 2019 confirm that both PS4 and Xbox One are approaching the end of their respective cycles. Both platforms declined across 2018, and this decrease has continued into 2019.

The Nintendo Switch celebrated its second anniversary in March and picked up some of the slack, but could not completely offset the decline: The combined sales of the three major consoles shrank in the first quarter of 2019, year on year.

Highlights:

  •  As well as lifecycle challenges, the PS4 also faced inventory-related issues in several European countries
  • Microsoft's new, cheaper disc-free Xbox One will allow it to test the waters both at retail and among consumers, as to digital-only strategies
  • However, we expect only minimal impact to forecasts from this new SKU

In this report: 

  • Hardware volumes: World
  • Hardware volumes: PAL region
  • Hardware volumes: USA
  • Hardware volumes: Japan
  • Hardware volume market share, by territory
  • Hardware volume market share, by platform
  • Historical hardware volumes: Five-year view, by region, Nintendo
  • Historical hardware volumes: Five-year view, by region, PlayStation
  • Historical hardware volumes: Five-year view, by region, Xbox

List of tables and charts:

  • World: Year on year change, hardware volumes, Q1 19 on Q1 18
  • World: Hardware sales volumes, Q1 18 and Q1 19
  • USA: Year on year change, hardware volumes, Q1 19 on Q1 18
  • USA: Hardware sales volumes, Q1 18 and Q1 19
  • PAL: Year on year change, hardware volumes, Q1 19 on Q1 18
  • PAL: Hardware sales volumes, Q1 18 and Q1 19
  • Japan: Year on year change, hardware volumes, Q1 19 on Q1 18
  • Japan: Hardware sales volumes, Q1 18 and Q1 19
  • Hardware volume market share, by region
  • Hardware volume market share, by platform
  • Nintendo: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, World
  • Nintendo: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, USA
  • Nintendo: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, PAL
  • Nintendo: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, Japan
  • PlayStation: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, World
  • PlayStation: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, USA
  • PlayStation: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, PAL
  • PlayStation: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, Japan
  • Xbox: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, World
  • Xbox: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, USA
  • Xbox: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, PAL
  • Xbox: Historical hardware volumes, five year view, Japan

Number of Pages: 12

Number of Tables and Charts: 23 

Steve Bailey

Principal Senior Analyst, Games, IHS Markit

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

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