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.
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.”
US NPD HW – PlayStation 5 achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a video game hardware platform in U.S. history. The records were previously held by the PlayStation 4, which debuted in November 2013.
— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) December 11, 2020
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.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War (Activision Blizzard)
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Ubisoft)
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Sony)
- Madden NFL 21 (EA)
- NBA 2K21 (Take-Two Interactive)
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Nintendo)
- Watch Dogs: Legions (Ubisoft)
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Nintendo)
- FIFA 21 (EA)
- Demon’s Souls (Sony)
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo)
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars (Nintendo)
- Just Dance 2021 (Ubisoft)
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (Nintendo)
- Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo)
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Nintendo)
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Nintendo)
- Marvel’s Avengers (Square-Enix Inc.)
- Mortal Kombat 11 (Warner Bros. Interactive)
- 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.