The streak is finally over for PlayStation 4! For the first time this year, the Xbox One was the best selling console in the US during the month of November.
Following on from the recent success of Black Friday, the decision by Microsoft to give the Xbox One a price drop seems to be paying dividends for the company.
Microsoft’s Mike Nichols — Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing — released the following statement:
We are committed to making Xbox the best place to play, with this year’s best games, the best community of gamers to play with, and terrific value. And we are amazed by the excitement Xbox fans have shown to start off this holiday. November set a new record for sales of Xbox One, and Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US and UK. Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox. We love to see the excitement from our fans and are grateful for their passion, support and contributions to the Xbox community.
It wasn’t just good news for Microsoft this month, as Activision’s Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was the best selling game at retail in the US.
Here is a list of the top ten best sellers. Remember, the order of consoles in parentheses are from bestselling to worst:
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
- Super Smash Bros. (Wii U, 3DS)
- Madden NFL 15 (360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
- Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
- Far Cry 4 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3, PC)
- Pokémon Omega Ruby (3DS)
- NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, Xbox One, PS3, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)
In addition to the sales figures, here was one of the more interesting quotes from the NPD Report:
“Cumulative PS4 and Xbox One sales are now almost 80 percent higher than the combined total of PS3 and Xbox 360 sales after 13 months on the market”.
With the recent price cut and better exclusive lineup this fall, it was only a matter of time before the Xbox One outsold the PS4 during a single month. Let’s not get too carried away though, the PS4 will still have a sizeable lead overall. Microsoft closing the gap is only good for us gamers — we will all benefit from a close console race. A Call of Duty game being number one in November is no surprise, but it was interesting to see three exclusives all in the top ten.
Matt Southwell is an Associate Writer for MONG. In addition to video games, he loves Hockey, Soccer and Pizza. Follow him on Twitter, IGN and Facebook.