NPD: DualSense was the best-selling gaming accessory in the U.S. last year

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The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 was the best selling accessory of December 2021, according to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. The controller, which was originally released in 2019, retails for $179.99. Despite a banger month for the Xbox controller, the PS5 DualSense Wireless Controller White was 2021’s best-selling accessory overall. The PS5 controller retails for $69.99.

It makes sense, based on the dates. According to VGChartz the PS5 is outselling the Xbox Series X|S by over 5 million units. All things being equal that means there are potentially 5 million more chances for consumers to purchase a new PS5 controller.

But the Series 2 isn’t just a normal controller. It’s a premium item, and the price reflects that. The highly customizable controller works across multiple Xbox console generations, as well as on PC. It is an ideal holiday gift for someone who wants something a step above a basic controller.

Competing controllers aside, spending on video game accessories in December 2021 declined 9% compared to December 2020, to $493 million. Accessory sales across the whole of 2021 totaled $2.7 billion, an increase of 2% when compared to a year ago.


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