Yesterday, the NPD Group released their monthly sales reports for video game consoles and software, and revealed that Microsoft’s Xbox One outsold Sony’s PlayStation 4 for the first time since December 2013. This is a bit of a surprise, since the PS4 has been the dominant video game console in the market for the vast majority of the last year, although the report also indicates that overall hardware and software sales saw an 11% decline when compared to the same time last year. Releasing a statement to IGN, Xbox’s Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Mike Nichols, had this to say in response to the new report:
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.
Although this month saw a marked decrease in hardware and software sales when compared to November 2013, when it comes to comparing the year-to-date sales of 2014 to last year’s, then the numbers are actually up by 2%. Much of what has driven sales of consoles across all platforms have been bundles that include software titles in the box.
Microsoft has been most aggressive with their bundling program, including games like Assassin’s Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Forza Motorsport 5 in their bundled sets. Sony’s PS4 only has one prominent bundle featuring their white version of the console and Bungie’s Destiny, while Nintendo’s holiday edition Wii U bundle includes the launch title NintendoLand as well as a copy of 2013’s fantastic Super Mario 3D World.
As we recently speculated in our overview of the new-gen “console wars” heading into this holiday season, part of the Xbox One’s success may also be linked to a seasonal $50 price cut they’ve applied to all Xbox One hardware. Between it and the PS4, that makes the Xbox the more economical option, though the least expensive video game system on the market still belongs to Nintendo’s fledgling, but recovering, Wii U.
Signs of the Wii U’s recovery can be seen when looking at the top 10 video games of November 2014, as a Wii U title has managed to outsell other multi-platform, triple-A offerings on the other systems. The following list of the top 10 games is arranged by sales figures, with the systems in the parentheses in order from highest-selling platform to lowest-selling.
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
- Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
- Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
- Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
- Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
- Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
- NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
- Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)
Also signifying the transition to a new generation, combined console sales of the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii reduced a staggering 49% when compared to the same time last year. However you want to slice it, it appears that the new gen has fully arrived. For more video game news, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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