November’s NPD report is in and it’s been a very positive and profitable month for both Sony and Microsoft.
Hardware sales proved to be fruitful for both companies with Sony’s PS4 shifting more units throughout the month of November than in any previous month following its introduction in 2013. Likewise, Microsoft has something to celebrate in November after the launch of the Xbox One X. Although the most powerful console on the market failed to sell as many units as the PS4, hardware revenue is up thanks largely to the price of the mid-cycle iteration and various bundles sold upon its launch on November 7th. Overall, the PS4 remains the best selling console in 2017, but last month proved to be the best for the Xbox One regarding lifetime monthly unit sales.
Interestingly, the report shares little on Nintendo’s November, although we’d expect the hybrid console to still be selling extremely well despite relinquishing its monthly crown to Sony after a few months of dominance.
As you’d expect with Black Friday sales, November was a great month for software numbers. None more so than Call of Duty: WWII as Activision’s annual entry dominates charts for both Xbox One and PS4. Outselling every game before it and to date in 2017, the series continues to be very lucrative for the publisher and remains the best video games series in NPD history. Below it, EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 performed well in November in spite of the huge backlash surrounding the game’s microtransactions while Assassin’s Creed Origins continues to sell well in third place following its launch in October. Since its release, Origins has had the highest consumer spend for any Assassin’s Creed game since the release of 2014’s Black Flag.
November 2017 All Platform Top 10 by Dollar Sales
1. Call of Duty: WW2
2. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 2017
3. Assassin’s Creed: Origins
4. NBA 2K18
5. Madden NFL 18
6. Super Mario Odyssey*
7. FIFA 18
8. Need for Speed: Payback
9. Destiny 2**
10. Pokemon: Ultra Sun
Does not include digital sales *
Does not include sales purchased through Battle.net **
It’s worth mentioning that NPD reports only account for US physical and digital sales and so isn’t representative of global sales.