November NPD Results: Xbox One Finally Gets A Win And Call of Duty Returns To Familiar Territory

The NPD results for November came to the surface last night and Microsoft finally got its first win in the States this year. It’s been almost a year since the Xbox One grabbed the top hardware spot and the one month they previously held was mostly attributed to a shortage of PS4 hardware.

Hardware sales across the board were down 23% from last year but that’s not entirely surprising considering this was the launch window for both new consoles last year. The combined first year sales for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are still 80% above what they were for the PS3 and Xbox 360, so the hardware market is still looking mighty strong.

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On the software side Call of Duty again premiered a title on top of the board with Advanced Warfare. Grand Theft Auto V and its fancy current-gen versions came in at number two, while Super Smash Bros. rounded out the top three. On the slightly surprising side of things Halo: MCC struggled to chart inside the top 10. We could speculate that maybe Halo is losing a bit of its luster but I’d like to think potential buyers have seen the plethora of problems surrounding the multiplayer experience and have made the smart decision to hold off until they’re fixed. Or maybe because it only launched for XBO there still just aren’t enough consoles out there to make a big splash on the charts.

The top ten software results can be seen below.

1.) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
2.) Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
3.) Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
4.) Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
5.) Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
6.) Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
7.) Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
8.) NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
9.) Assassin’s Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
10.) Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)

Source: VentureBeat, NeoGaf

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10 Comments

  1. Congrats to MS… Slashing the price, great bundles, Halo and COD… That’s done the trick. Sony also sold well and the margin this month is pretty slim apparently, so well done to them too.

    • Also Xbone has native DLNA support now which while some may consider niche its still sadly lacking on PS4.

  2. Hardly surprising. The US and UK were the go-to territories for the Xbox last-gen and it looks to be the same this gen. It shouldn’t go unnoticed that their sales collectively in Europe and rest of the world is abysmal.

    Cracking Europe is the key-not just the UK.

  3. Top effort on their part. They’ve had to do quite a bit of bridge building over the past 12 to 18 months and the pricing has obviously been instrumental in rectifying things.

    I want them to push Sony all of the way as it’ll bring the best out of Sony too.

  4. Wii U also had its best ever sales week off the back of Smash! A good month all round!

  5. How much of that (possibly only just a) win for MS is due to cheap deals at the end of November? It looks like MS are throwing a lot of money around on that lately. Sponsoring last week’s Amazon deals for a start?

    I suspect results for December won’t be quite as good for MS. And if somehow everything doesn’t go back to normal, Sony can drop the PS4 price early in 2015 and get a huge boost in sales. MS might have tried that enough already that it’ll start to look desperate. And I can’t see them dropping the price when they’ve just “won” for a month. That’d be silly. If somehow MS win December, Sony can drop the price, start winning again, MS drop their price a little bit more and Sony might just have room to match the price.

    I’m more concerned by that software chart. Another yearly tedious FPS thing and GTA5? Who’s buying that?? It sold a billion copies a year ago. Who exactly rushes out to buy a newer version of it that looks a bit nicer?

    And no sign of obvious game of the year, Dragonage Inquisition? I wasn’t expecting that.

  6. Alpha Sapphire is more popular than Omega Ruby? Huh, Ruby sold more back in the day. That’s kinda interesting.

  7. Good to see them getting the success & sales they deserve at last. Top console with some great features & games. A more even market is better for everyone whatever console you have.

  8. It’s not great that they had to drop Kinect and make an additional price cut to get here but at least things should even out a bit going forward.

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