Xbox One Beats PS4 With 1.2 Million Sales – Becomes the Best Selling Console for November
Microsoft’s long haul of hard labor has finally paid off. After following its greatest rival on the sales charts for 11 months straight, the latest Xbox One video game console has finally broken the PlayStation 4’s long-running sales winning streak by taking the lead on monthly sales charts with 1.2 million sales in the US and UK last month. It just goes to show; Microsoft’s strategy of cutting down the price of its latest console, offering a bunch of different games to choose from, and putting together some value-focused console bundles has finally brought in a month of favorable outcome.
Xbox One Tops November’s Console Sales Charts – Outsells the PlayStation 4 in the US and UK With 1.2 Million Sales
Since the start of the eight generation of video game consoles, Sony’s PlayStation 4 has dominated the sales charts by selling far more units in major markets than Microsoft’s Xbox One; but no more. The Redmond-based console manufacturer has finally pounded back. After resting on the second position on the monthly sales charts for nearly a year, the Xbox One home console has finally taken the lead by selling more units to the consumers compared to the PlayStation 4 last month.
According to the latest NPD data drop, the Xbox One tapped the top and became the most selling console in both the US and the UK for November. Geekwire confirmed that Microsoft sold 1.2 million units in the U.S while unconfirmed reports suggest that Sony managed to deliver around 800,000 units in November. The much-needed push was apparently the result of Microsoft’s strategy of dropping the price of the Xbox One and releasing value-focused console and video game bundles during the holiday season. Black Friday sales also largely contributed in raising the mark.
Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing, Mike Nichols, acknowledged the Xbox One’s new record for monthly sales, and shared some interesting facts. He stated:
“We are committed to making Xbox the best place to play, with this year’s best games, the best community of gamers to play with, and terrific value. And we are amazed by the excitement Xbox fans have shown to start off this holiday. November set a new record for sales of Xbox One, and Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US and UK. Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the U.S. than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox. We love to see the excitement from our fans and are grateful for their passion, support and contributions to the Xbox community.”
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are increasingly similar consoles, except that Sony has been on the top since the start and did near to no good to the selling cost of the PlayStation 4 console, but on the other hand, Microsoft has been working hard by listening to users’ feedback. The Redmond-based platform holder revised its polices during the time and slashed a $100 from the standard Xbox One retail cost by axing the bundled Kinect Sensor. Furthermore, the company reduced the price by $50 more, selling it for around $330 during the Thanksgiving season. Just around a month ago, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One had sold 10 million consoles worldwide, and thanks to Black Friday sales and alluring console bundles, the Xbox One now stands at the top of November console sales charts.
NPD report also states that hardware bundles contributed majorly in the sales of hardware last month. The sales of PlayStation and Xbox One console are now reported to be around 80 percent higher than the combined total of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sales after 13 months on the market. The report states:
“Hardware bundles were a major factor in the sales of hardware this November, with a number of new bundles ranking as the highest selling hardware bundles so far this year with one bundle ranking as the highest selling hardware bundle ever based on dollar sales.”
“Cumulative PS4 and Xbox One sales are now almost 80 percent higher than the combined total of PS3 and Xbox 360 sales after 13 months on the market.”
The NPD Group also released its list of top 10 games that were sold at retail in November. Note that the consoles listed in the parenthesis next to each game represent the best-selling to worst-selling SKU for that specific title.
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)