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The early reveal of next-gen systems has sent current-gen sales plummeting in the US

Sales of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the US are declining faster than expected, says an industry report.

In a report by market analysts NPD Group (thanks, VGC), US hardware spending was down 35 per cent in January 2020 when compared with the same period a year ago. Total spending across gaming as a whole – including hardware, software, accessories and game cards – was also lower year-over-year, dropping 26 per cent.

“An interesting takeaway from the US NPD report is that PS4 and XB1 hardware sales in Jan 2020 are considerably lower than PS3 and 360 were in Jan 2013,” posited Niko Partners analyst, Daniel Ahmad. “Next-gen consoles are around the corner but both are declining sharper than expected. Switch continues to remain steady.”

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