As reported earlier in the month, the PlayStation 4 won the November 2016 NPD report, breaking a four month Xbox One streak. The console – which was buoyed by its best Black Friday ever and the launch of the PS4 Pro – has now surpassed 50 million units globally, and is on track to bloat that figure further through the all-important month of December.
Despite the release of new hardware, though, the trends aren't looking great in the United States. Overall industry spend was down a whopping 24 per cent year-over-year, with hardware being the biggest culprit. This may be due to the lower selling price of the PS4 and Xbox One, but a 35 per cent decline in console revenue doesn't look great.
Software was also down 18 per cent, mimicking trends that we've seen in the UK of late. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare did come out on top, but Pokémon Sun and Moon apparently would have beaten it if counted as a single release. Battlefield 1 stuck around in second position, while Watch Dogs 2 debuted disappointingly all the way down in eighth place.
So, should we be worried? It's been a weird year for gaming; there have been a lot of good releases, but they've failed to stir industry interest. Sony's dropped a lot of new hardware, but stock shortages and an emphasis on the PS4 Slim mean that neither the PS4 Pro nor PlayStation VR have caught fire yet. Ultimately, we need to see how things go next year before panicking.
NPD Software Top Ten: November 2016
- Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
- Battlefield 1
- Pokémon Sun*
- Pokémon Moon*
- Titanfall 2
- NBA 2K17
- Madden NFL 17
- Watch Dogs 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim*
- FIFA 17
* No digital sales counted for this game.