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PS5 dethrones Nintendo Switch, ending a nearly 3-year streak

Sony's PlayStation 5 is the first console other than the Switch to top US monthly sales charts since 2018.

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The PS5 took the US sales throne in September. 
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The PlayStation 5 surpassed the Nintendo Switch in September US sales, stopping a 33-month streak for the Switch, according to Mat Piscatella, executive director of the NPD group. Sony's PS5 console, which is still notoriously difficult to find due to a global chip shortage, becomes the first console to top the Switch in monthly sales since November 2018.

Piscatella mentions that the PlayStation 5 leads the Switch in sales dollars so far this year, but Nintendo's console (which costs less than the PS5) still leads in units sold this year. As of July, Sony had sold 10 million units since the PS5 launched, slightly outpacing its predecessor, the PlayStation 4. 

Still, remaining the top-selling console for 33 consecutive months is a mammoth feat for the Nintendo Switch. All eyes will be on these two platforms -- plus Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Series S -- as we close out the year with major retail events like Black Friday and Christmas.