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