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PlayStation 4 and Call of Duty return to top of NPD charts

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In October, Microsoft’s Xbox One “beat” Sony’s console in the US, grabbing the reigning spot atop the NPD charts for the first time in many months. Impressive, given that the PS4 had dropped its retail price that month.

It was a victory the company had hoped to achieve again for November. An especially important month – given Black Friday, the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, the release of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility and that possibly lucrative Fallout 4 co-marketing.

It was not to be.

Instead, Sony had what it calls the strongest Black Friday in PlayStation History. Says Sony’s Eric Lempel:

PlayStation 4 is the top selling console in the United States during the month of November according to NPD. We have hit several key milestones over the last few weeks. Prior to Black Friday, we announced we have sold through more than 30.2 million PS4s to consumers around the world and that PS4 continues to exhibit the fastest growth in PlayStation hardware history.

In addition, Black Friday sales were the strongest in PlayStation history demonstrating more people game now than ever before. We are also pleased to announce November was the biggest month ever for PlayStation Store indicating a strong digital marketplace complementing healthy retail sales.

Over 3 million “new” consoles were reportedly sold through on Black Friday, with Sony selling 1.5 million of them, and the balance made up by the Wii U and Xbox One. Microsoft’s said that game sales on the Xbox One are up by 72% year on year, helping drive the system to have its best November ever.

As far as games go? Here’s the list. Remember, these are physical retail sales, so digital ones and bundles aren’t included.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  2. Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  3. Star Wars: Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  5. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3)
  7. Need for Speed (PS4, Xbox One)
  8. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
  9. Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
  10. Just Dance 2016 (Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)

What’s quite interesting to note is that Black Ops 3 beat Fallout 4. Soundly. The franchise is a juggernaut; a train that just shows no signs of ever slowing down. That’s not what makes it all that interesting though. Rather, the fact that it’s still sold better on the Xbox One – despite Call of Duty now being at home on Sony’s system? That’s interesting.

The other interesting thing is the complete lack of Rise of the Tomb Raider. It looks like last month’s Halo and JUST DANCE outperformed Lara’s latest (and in my opinion, best) adventure. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the game’s gone on to sell over a half a million copies, which is…well, it’s unfortunate. I sincerely hope that the money Crystal Dynamics and Square got from Microsoft made the deal worthwhile.

Last Updated: December 11, 2015


  1. Pieter Kruger

    December 11, 2015 at 07:53

    Halo 5 is doing very very well!!???????????? Sad to see so many people got duped into buying Battlefront…???????????? Why are the Bronies not buying Call Of Duty:BO III???????????????


    • WitWolfy

      December 11, 2015 at 08:02

      I’m glad I never got Halo 5 after that whole 4 hours campaign disaster TBH. That game looked like it was rushed so fast out that door you can still see the boot mark on its ass.


      • Pieter Kruger

        December 11, 2015 at 08:19

        If you like online multiplayer FPS then Halo 5 is a technological marvel!


        • Jonah Cash

          December 11, 2015 at 08:45

          Or just play Titanfall…


        • WitWolfy

          December 11, 2015 at 09:31

          I’ll keep that in mind…. I still have the MCC on my hdd too. I have to give that one a spin eventually.


  2. Jonah Cash

    December 11, 2015 at 08:45

    I will still pick up Lara later this month. Just waiting on the inevitable sale it will have to go on to move some copies of the game. If I can get it for R650 or something I would buy it on the Xbox Store.
    Very sad for Lara but not for her overlords…


    • WitWolfy

      December 11, 2015 at 09:27

      It’ll pick up. Trust me this game is BOSS.. A great alternative for those who want a Uncharted like fix before it releases next year.


  3. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 11, 2015 at 10:47

    Glorious Sony! All hail the King!


  4. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    December 11, 2015 at 10:49

    Poor Laura… Not even in the top 10. Soundly beaten by that pinnacle of modern gaming, Just Dance 2016.


  5. harlemsfinest027

    December 11, 2015 at 18:06

    Playstation domination


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