PlayStation 5 Breaks Record for Highest Console Launch Month in the US

The PlayStation 5 has broken several records since its launch last month, including having the highest console launch since the PS4 in 2013.

December 11, 2020

According to NPD’s stats for November, the PlayStation 5 broke several records, including having the highest console launch month in the US.

“PlayStation 5 achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a video game hardware platform in U.S. history,” said NPD’s Matt Piscatella on Twitter. “The records were previously held by the PlayStation 4, which debuted in November 2013.”

While the PlayStation 5 was the highest-selling console in terms of dollar sales, the Nintendo Switch still reigned supreme with the most units sold. As Piscatella points out, $7 billion dollars was spent on gaming across hardware, software, and accessories. This is a 35 percent increase compared to last year. On just hardware, $4 billion dollars was spent, which is 34 percent higher than last year. This crazy amount of growth is thanks to the launches of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.


Besides the PS5’s sales, Spider-Man: Miles Morales was the third best-selling game of the month. It’s also the second best-selling superhero game, just behind 2018’s Marvel’s Spider-Man. In addition to the PS5 and Miles Morales, the DualSense controller was the highest-selling console accessory. It’s gone onto become the best-selling gamepad in history in terms of dollar sales and launch month units sold. You can check out a list below of the top-selling games for November.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
  2. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
  4. Madden NFL 21 (EA)
  5. NBA 2K21 (Take-Two Interactive)
  6. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Nintendo)
  7. Watch Dogs: Legions (Ubisoft)
  8. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
  9. FIFA 21 (EA)
  10. Demon’s Souls (Sony)
  11. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
  12. Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
  13. Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
  14. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
  15. Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)
  16. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo)
  17. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
  18. Marvel’s Avengers (Square-Enix Inc.)
  19. Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  20. Ghost of Tsushima (Sony)

The PlayStation 5 is available now worldwide. You can read our review of the console here. Stay tuned to DualShockers for more PS5 and next-gen news.


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