Shared by The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, sales data from the month of February 2021 was unveiled today, and unsurprisingly, the PS5 continued to dominate. Although it wasn't the best-selling piece of hardware within the month, a feat which belongs to the Nintendo Switch, the PS5 sold enough units in the period to become the fastest-selling console in history. This achievement is based on dollar sales that were accrued in the first four months of availability for the PS5.
US NPD HW - Monthly sales of video game hardware increased 121% when compared to February 2020, to $406M. This is the highest total for a February month since the $468M reached in February 2011. YTD HW spending totaled $725M, an increase of 130% compared to a year ago.— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) March 12, 2021
Although this is an incredible accomplishment for PlayStation and the PS5, there are some caveats with this situation. Most notably, The NPD Group only tracks sales info for the United States, meaning that this same feat for being the fastest-selling console may not hold true worldwide. Still, the system's success in the U.S. gives us a good enough sample size to know that things are surely tracking well in other regions as well.
Sony itself has yet to announce official sales numbers for the PS5, but we likely should have some pretty soon. The company's fiscal year is going to wrap up at the end of March and, typically, it will disclose sales information at that time.
Related Forum: PlayStation Forum