Numbers released by NPD show Sony sold more consoles than Microsoft for the month of November. The PS4 did have an have an extra week on shelves, debuting on Nov. 15 compared to Nov. 22 for the Xbox One. Approximately 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, “significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.”
November 2013 NPD highlights include:
- Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group).
- During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group).
- During the month of November, Xbox One sold nearly three times as many units compared to Xbox 360 in the U.S. during its November 2005 launch (Source: NPD Group).
In terms of global sales, there’s also the launch locations to factor in — Xbox One was available on Nov. 22 in 13 markets, while the PS4 came out in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 15, and then in Europe on Nov. 29. The PS4 is now available in over 30 markets. Both companies announced that they had sold over 2 million consoles globally earlier this month, and both companies said they sold one million consoles within 24 hours.
Without having access to the full NPD report it is somewhat difficult to say which console is more successful so far. We’ll have to wait for December’s numbers to get a clearer picture. However, given that the Xbox One is $100 more expensive and the vast amount of negative publicity surrounding it I think it is doing quite well so far. Nevertheless, since the two consoles had not launched at the same time and were not available in the same markets, it is impossible to make an objective analysis at this time.