Diablo 4 becomes third-largest game of 2023 with a massive start; PS5 continues to dominate in the US.

Diablo 4 becomes third-largest game of 2023 with a massive start; PS5 continues to dominate in the US.

Circana’s June 2023 Video Game Sales Report: Diablo IV and PS5 Dominate the Charts!

They say money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy a lot of video games! And according to the latest report from Circana, June 2023 was a month of devilish delights in the gaming world. Diablo IV, the long-awaited masterpiece from Blizzard, took the crown as the best-selling game of the month. It even managed to slay its way to the No. 3 spot for the top-selling game of the entire year so far, and it did it faster than a demon with a hot poker!

In just five days, Diablo IV amassed a mind-boggling $666 million in sales. If that isn’t a sign of the apocalypse, I don’t know what is! And let’s not forget, this diabolical success makes it Blizzard’s fastest-selling game ever. I can only imagine the celebrations in the dark depths of their development dungeon!

But Diablo IV wasn’t the only one raising hell in the charts. Other new releases made a splash as well. Final Fantasy XVI cast its spell at No. 2, while Street Fighter 6 landed a knockout punch at No. 3. And of course, we can’t forget about the magically enchanting Hogwarts Legacy, taking its rightful place at No. 5. It’s a good time to be a gamer!

Meanwhile, the battle for dominance in the mobile gaming realm raged on. The top 10 games that had players swiping and tapping the most in the US during June were a mix of classics and new favorites. Candy Crush Saga, Roblox, and Pokemon Go, just to name a few. Looks like mobile gamers are always hungry for some sweet and addictive gameplay.

Now, let’s talk big bucks. Total spending on games in the US rose by a whopping 7% compared to last year, reaching a mind-blowing $4.1 billion. It’s safe to say that gamers are willing to shell out some serious gold for their digital adventures. And speaking of treasure, console and PC sales soared over 50% compared to last year in June 2023. Looks like gaming is hotter than ever!

When it comes to hardware, the PlayStation 5 reigns supreme. It was the undisputed champion of console sales in June 2023, and not just in terms of units sold, but also in terms of cold, hard cash. Spending on PlayStation hardware reached its highest point for a June month since the ancient times of June 2008. And let’s not forget, unit sales of PlayStation systems in June 2023 reached their peak since June 2010. Looks like the PS5 is making its mark in gaming history!

But let’s not leave out the other contenders in the console arena. While the PS5 was enjoying a meteoric rise, the Xbox Series X|S and the beloved Nintendo Switch saw a slight dip in sales during June 2023. Hey, every hero has their rough days, right?

Accessories also had their moment in the spotlight, with spending on those shiny extras rising by a fantastic 14% in June. The top accessory of the month? The PS5 DualSense controllers, of course! Those sleek little gadgets had gamers reaching for their wallets faster than Sonic chasing after a golden ring.

In total, spending on games, hardware, and accessories in June 2023 reached a staggering $4.7 billion in the US, marking a jaw-dropping 9% increase compared to last year. Talk about leveling up! It’s the second-highest spending ever recorded during a June month, with only June 2021 surpassing it. Ah, the memories of those pandemic-fueled gaming binges.

And finally, as the first half of 2023 came to a close, total spending on all segments of the gaming market in the US was a grand total of $26.6 billion. That’s a 2% increase compared to last year. Looks like the gaming world is thriving and ready to take on any challenge that comes its way!

June 2023 Top 10 Games in the US

(5/28/2023 – 7/1/2023)

  1. Diablo IV
  2. Final Fantasy XVI
  3. Street Fighter 6
  4. The Legend Of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom*
  5. Hogwarts Legacy
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  7. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  8. MLB The Show 23^
  9. SPider-Man: Miles Morales
  10. Spider-Man

*Digital sales not included

^Xbox and Switch digital sales not included

2023 Year to Date Ending June 2023 Top 10 Games in the US

  1. Hogwarts Legacy
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom*
  3. Diablo IV
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
  5. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor
  6. Resident Evil 4
  7. MLB The Show 23^
  8. Dead Island 2
  9. Final Fantasy XVI
  10. Street Fighter 6

*Digital sales not included

^Xbox and Switch digital sales not included