It was the most exciting month for the gaming industry yet this year, as November marked the launch of no less than two amazing new consoles to officially kick off the next-generation of gaming. The NPD Group confirms that as a result of the new hardware launches, the physical retail market in the US generated $2.7 billion USD in revenue last month.
That represents a seven percent year-on-year increase from November 2012's results, and as you might've guessed, console hardware sales pulled most of the weight. Hardware pulled in $1.33 billion USD alone, a 58 percent year-on-year improvement. In fact, November 2013 was the finest on record yet for console hardware sales, topping even the past Novembers that saw the PS3 and Xbox 360 debut. Unfortunately, phyiscal software sales were not able to keep up even with the new hardware launches, falling 24 percent year-on-year to $1.09 billion.
The list of chart toppers for NPD's software top ten for November probably won't surprise anyone, with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 handily taking first and second place, respectively. All-star multiplatform titles ruled November, with PS4 versions outselling the competing Xbox One counterparts with the exception of Just Dance 2014 and Skylanders: Swap Force. What might surprise you is that ACIV and NBA 2K14 on PS4 actually outsold the PS3 versions.
Sony was no doubt quick to announce even ahead of NPD that the PlayStation 4 was the "top-selling next-gen platform for both hardware and software in November." Actual sales figures were not disclosed by either Sony or NPD, so it's hard to say what the gap between the PS4 and the Xbox One looked like in the US alone last month though we do know that Sony managed to sell 1 million PS4s within 24 hours.
Microsoft meanwhile since confirmed it sold some 909,132 Xbox One consoles within the final nine days of November, which would in fact make it faster selling by units per day. The Xbox One also outsold the trusty old Xbox 360 three to one last month. In any case, both companies are scrambling to get stock in stores worldwide as quickly as they can while the holiday shopping season is still on.
The PS4 and Xbox One hardware sales also put an end of the 3DS' run as the top-selling gaming device, though NPD notes that 3DS hardware sales still managed to grow "15% year-to-date through November."
|1.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|2.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|3.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U||10/2013|
|4.||Madden NFL 25||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360||08/2013|
|5.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2013|
|6.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|7.||Skylanders SWAP Force||Activision Blizzard||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / 3DS||10/2013|
|8.||Just Dance 2014||Ubisoft||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii||10/2013|
|9.||Disney Infinity||Disney Interactive||PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / 3DS||08/2013|
|10.||FIFA 14||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Vita||09/2013|