'Diablo 4' Was A Summer Best-Seller But Sales Slow, PlayStation 5 Dominates Hardware Sales

Zinger Key Points
  • "Diablo 4" tops U.S. game sales in June, "Final Fantasy 16" second, and "Street Fighter 6" third.
  • PlayStation 5 dominates hardware market with record sales

Activision Blizzard Inc's ATVI "Diablo 4" became the best-selling game in the U.S. in June.

According to Circana's data, the title is also the third best-selling game of the year, following Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc's WBD "Hogwarts Legacy" and Nintendo Company Ltd's NTDOY "The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom."

Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. SQNXF "Final Fantasy 16" secured the second spot for best-selling game in June, but its sales slowed down after selling three million copies during its initial launch week. Meanwhile, the third place belongs to Capcom Co., Ltd's CCOEF "Street Fighter 6."

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Mat Piscatella, Executive Director & Video Game Industry Analyst at Circana, revealed that the U.S. video game market experienced a 9% year-on-year growth, reaching $4.7 billion. "It was the second-highest spending ever achieved in a June month, trailing only June 2021’s $4.8B," he highlighted.

In June, spending on video game content saw a significant increase of 7% compared to the previous year, reaching a total of $4.1 billion. Notably, Console & PC Digital Premium Download spending witnessed a remarkable surge, rising by over 50% year-on-year.

Circana's report also disclosed that Sony Group Corp.'s SONY PlayStation 5 dominated the hardware market as the best-selling platform in both unit and dollar sales. Consumer spending on PlayStation hardware reached its highest total for a June month since 2008, with unit sales achieving their highest level since June 2010.

"PlayStation 5 continues to lead the 2023 hardware market across both units and dollars," Piscatella added.

Moreover, the PlayStation 5 DualSense Edge remains the best-selling accessory of 2023 in dollar sales.

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Image: Courtesy of Blizzard

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