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Mat Piscatella, an analyst for the NPD group who focuses on the gaming industry, breaks down the results for the U.S. market every month. For the month of June 2021, Piscatella's Twitter thread revealed the top selling consoles and games, including the news that Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles were the best sellers for the month in dollar sales, setting a new record for Xbox sales in June. The Nintendo Switch retained its streak as the best-selling console in units sold.

Supply continues to be far below overall demand for both the Xbox Series consoles and Sony's PS5, the latter of which is currently the fastest-selling console in U.S. history. In addition to chip shortages, Microsoft has been upgrading its Xbox Cloud Gaming servers with Xbox Series X hardware, enabling 1080p 60 FPS streaming and the ability to stream some Xbox Series Optimized games.

For games, the PS5 exclusive Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart was the best-selling game of June 2021. Resident Evil Village fell to the sixth spot, while Sea of Thieves rose back into the top 20 games, seeing growth thanks to the recent expansion, A Pirate's Life.

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Xbox Series Just Broke Its US Dollar Sales Record - IGN

IGN 17 July, 2021 - 03:00pm

As shared by The NPD Group's Mat Piscatella, Xbox's June 2021 is the best for the Xbox Platform since June 2011. Its performance helped June video game hardware dollar sales jump 112% when compared to June 2020 to $401 million.

PS5 was also home to the best-selling game of June 2021 - Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. Ratchet and Clank's latest adventure also achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in franchise history, and more than doubled that of the previous record holder - 2016's Ratchet & Clank.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War jumped up two spots from last month to second place, while Mario Golf: Super Rush took third. Launch month dollar sales for the latest entry in the Mario Golf series were the highest ever and surpassed the previous record set by GameCube's Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour in 2003. MLB the Show 21 and Scarlet Nexus rounded out the top 5.

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The full list of June 2021's top 20 best-selling games is as follows;

All in all, June 2021 consumer spending across video game hardware, content, and accessories grew 5% when compared to June 2021, reaching $4.9 billion.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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