November NPD: PS4 Draws First Blood in North American Console War
Posted by Sammy Barker
Turning the tables
Sony has staged an assault on Microsoft's home territory, and topped the NPD charts with the PlayStation 4. According to the platform holder — which doesn't ordinarily engage in the monthly sales merry-go-round — its next generation console was the best-selling system in North America in November, moving one million units in 24 hours. It's worth pointing out that the Japanese giant's system deployed a week earlier in the region, and the Xbox One maker has attempted to counter that by claiming that its console is selling faster. For reference, it took the latter nine days to cross 900,000 sales, so it's moving at a rate of about 100,000 units a day. That's some decent spin.
"This afternoon we learned from the market research firm the NPD Group that the PS4 was the top-selling console for November and PlayStation was number one in sales overall for home consoles," marketing executive Guy Longworth explained on the PlayStation Blog. "This news comes on the heels of yesterday’s confirmation that the PS4 launch is the biggest ever in the history of game consoles."
With new machines on the market, overall sales in the sector increased by seven per cent year-over-year, from $2.5 billion to $2.7 billion. Unsurprisingly, hardware saw the biggest improvement, pulling in over $1.3 billion — an enormous 58 per cent enhancement over 2012. Despite all of this, software sales actually decreased by 24 per cent, netting just $1.1 billion overall.
None of the major first-party launch titles managed to register on the top-ten, with Call of Duty: Ghosts coming out on top. Battlefield 4 fired into second, while Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag certainly didn't sink in third. Other charting next-gen releases included Madden NFL 25, NBA 2K14, Skylanders: Swap Force, Just Dance 2014, and FIFA 14. The unstoppable Grand Theft Auto V and Disney Infinity were the only strictly current-gen titles to appear.
We've included the full list of best-sellers in the space below. Are you impressed by the PS4's performance? Did you expect it to be further ahead of the Xbox One? Are you surprised that Killzone: Shadow Fall failed to chart? Share your shock in the comments section below.
November NPD Software Top-Ten
1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
2. Battlefield 4 (PC, PS#, PS4, X360, XBO)
3. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, X360, XBO)
4. Madden NFL 25 (PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
5. Grand Theft Auto 5 (PS3, X360)
6. NBA 2K14 (PC, PS3, PS4, X360, XBO)
7. Skylanders: Swap Force (3DS, PS3, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
8. Just Dance 2014 (PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, X360, XBO)
9. Disney Infinity (3DS, PS3, Wii, Wii U, X360)
10. FIFA 14 (PS3, PS4, Vita, X360, XBO)