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Both Microsoft and Sony claim November sales victory

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In November both the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 were released in America and selected other countries. So with the November sales for America now being finalised who won in the first month of sales? Well both of them apparently…

Sony were the first to announce their victory by stating:

PlayStation 4 sales in North America and worldwide have been incredibly strong since launch, culminating in PS4 being recognized as the largest console launch in history. In North America alone, more than one million PS4 units were sold in only 24 hours and we’re pleased NPD has reported that PS4 was the top selling next gen platform for both hardware and software in November.

We are humbled by the passion and excitement demonstrated by gamers for PS4. Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.

However things weren’t that simply with Microsoft quickly releasing their own press release claiming they won November.

November NPD Group figures released today revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.

They go on to state

  • Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group).
  • During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group).
  • During the month of November, Xbox One sold nearly three times as many units compared to Xbox 360 in the U.S. during its November 2005 launch (Source: NPD Group).

As always the devil is in the details and if you read exactly what both companies are saying we can see that the Sony PlayStation 4 is the top console seller of the generation beating out the Xbox One but don’t forget the PS4 had a 7 day head start leaving the Xbox One only 7 days to catch up.

So Microsoft’s claim is actually more powerful, with them stating that the Xbox One significantly outsold the closest competitor day-on-day, which if true should mean the Xbox One should take the lead in America by the end of December.

This isn’t a massive surprise though since America has always been Microsoft country and the real battle will be fought in Europe and EMEA (us) with PlayStation guaranteed to take Japan and surrounding countries.

When it comes to software sales I need you all to sit down because it looks like, for the first time ever, Call of Duty has taken the top spot… you thought I was going to say failed didn’t you?

Here are your top 10

  1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
  2. Battlefield 4 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC, Wii U)
  4. Madden NFL 25 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. NBA 2K14 (Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, PC)
  7. Skylanders: Swap Force (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Xbox One, PS4)
  8. Just Dance 2014 (Wii, Xbox 360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)
  9. Disney Infinity (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, 3DS)
  10. FIFA 14 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One, PS Vita)

Assassin’s Creed is doing remarkably well and I have to admit I’m surprised that GTA V has dropped below Madden. Granted it only released on two platforms but even so I expect it to receive huge sales in December as people need Christmas presents.

Last Updated: December 13, 2013

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