The NPD figures are out, and this time it’s Microsoft to speak out first, announcing that the Xbox One was the top selling console in November for both the US and the UK.
The announcement came via Xbox Marketing Corporate Vice President Mike Nichols:
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 U.S. and U.K.
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.
According to the NPD itself, Xbox One and PS4 combined sold in the first thirteen months 80% more than PS3 and Xbox 360 combined.
The software ranking was as follows:
- 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)
With a degree o competition restored for monthly sales, things are finally livening up a bit in the console market. We’ll have to see how and if Sony will respond to the rivals’ aggressive pricing.