Sony couldn't muster a sixth successive NPD victory in October 2015, as the Xbox One and Halo 5 managed to overcome the PlayStation 4's price drop. In truth, it looks like it was a pretty middling month for home consoles in the United States, with sales barely increasing year-over-year. However, it's worth remembering that the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are continuing to decline at a rapid rate, offsetting the numbers significantly.

Consequently, overall retail sales were largely flat, totaling $805.9 million for the month compared to $788.7 million the year prior. The release of Rock Band 4 helped to bolster accessory income by 18 per cent, as software dipped by three per cent. Unsurprisingly, it was Halo 5 that topped the charts, with NBA 2K16 and Assassin's Creed Syndicate finishing just behind. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection was forced to settle for ninth place, although we should stress that the software charts don't take into account bundled games.

Sony will perhaps be a little disappointed with October as a whole as the PS4 did receive its first price cut early on. However, big Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront bundles may have delayed sales into November. Either way, the organisation was eager to point out that its box is still very much a best seller around the world. "We are truly humbled by the success of the PS4," a Sony spokesperson told Games Beat. "Thank you to our community for making PS4 the top selling console globally."

Top Ten Physical Retail Releases: October 2015

  1. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
  2. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  3. Assassin's Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  8. Yoshi's Wooly World (Wii U)
  9. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  10. Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)

[source venturebeat.com]