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PS4 tops all consoles in the US for November

PS4 tops all consoles in the US for November

Thu 12 Dec 2013 10:58pm GMT / 5:58pm EST / 2:58pm PST
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Sony confirms that NPD data shows PS4 as the top console [UPDATE: MS counters, saying XB1 is "fastest selling"]

North America for month after month had been dominated by the Xbox 360 console, which repeatedly outsold the competition. As a new generation kicks off, however, Sony is hoping to establish a new pattern. Today, it's been confirmed that PS4 did indeed lead all console sales in November.

"PlayStation 4 sales in North America and worldwide have been incredibly strong since launch, culminating in PS4 being recognized as the largest console launch in history. In North America alone, more than one million PS4 units were sold in only 24 hours and we're pleased NPD has reported that PS4 was the top selling next gen platform for both hardware and software in November," said Jack Tretton, President and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America.

"We are humbled by the passion and excitement demonstrated by gamers for PS4. Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we're working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season."

We'll have the full NPD report shortly.

Update: According to tweets from Microsoft's Major Nelson, Xbox One was the "fastest selling" console in November selling 101k units per day (on average) in North America. He also tweeted that Xbox 360 sold the highest amount for last-gen consoles with 647k units.

Update 2: In a press release, Microsoft further clarified that 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the US in the console's first nine days, and the 101,000 consoles sold per day "significantly" outpaces the nearest competitor.

11 Comments

Steve Goldman Journalist.

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3ds?

Posted:11 months ago

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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@ Steve Bingo! When companies talk about "consoles" they are usually pretending the word "handheld" isn't short for "handheld game console."

Edit: Sony does appear to have actually outsold the 3DS. An impressive feat.

Edited 2 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 13th December 2013 8:21am

Posted:11 months ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Well technically the PS4 should have outsold the XBO since it had an extra week on store shelves(XBO's sales were for a week and a day). And of course theres that $100 price different. I think Sony's biggest hurdle last month wasn't neccesarily direct competition with XBO but their inability to get units resupplied to stores fast enough. Their numbers(whatever they are) could have been substantially higher had they had more stock to sell(today a Gamestop manager told me they haven't received PS4's since Black Friday). That said, I'd like to know how much they outsold the XBO last month. Did they leave them in the dust or was it fairly close?

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 13th December 2013 1:22am

Posted:11 months ago

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Neow Shau Jin Studying Bachelor in Computer Science, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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Most of those console sales happens on the first day, the fact that PS4 exceeds 1 million sales on launch day in North America alone and Xbox One did it by combining numbers of 13 countries should give you an indicator who sold faster. Though Microsoft took advantage that Xbox One was only available for one week in November while PS4 2 weeks, divided the sales by those days and comes out with the "daily average sales" number and proclaim that Xbox One sold more daily. Thus their "faster selling twist". That's typical Microsoft for giving the numbers their twist.

Posted:11 months ago

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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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PS4 beat Xbox One by roughly 200K (roughly 25% more units) in North America in November. Microsoft's statement of "most sold per day" is fairly ludicrous, as obviously the average sold per day is higher because it was only out for 9 days in November as opposed to 16 days for the PS4.

Microsoft's math is 900K sales / 9 days = 100K per day. PS4 = 1.1 million / 16 days = 70K per day. Microsoft uses this as evidence that they're selling units faster than Sony. This is astronomical levels of spin. Maybe the worst I've ever seen. This math only works if you pretend that the average sales during the month are an accurate reflection of the number of units sold per day, rather than 85% of all those sales being on launch weekend. BOTH systems have been selling very little since then due to supply. Microsoft's claim here is less than meaningless.

Posted:11 months ago

#5
In other news. Digital boxes sell well. Whopper :)

Posted:11 months ago

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David Serrano Freelancer

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I was at a Game Stop for about 40 minutes yesterday and 5 people bought PS4's while I was in the store. I didn't see anyone buy or ask about the XBO.

Posted:11 months ago

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Richard Browne EVP Gaming and Interactive, Evergreen Studios

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Again all pointless it is purely a manufacturing battle until the New Year.

David - which Gamestop . . I've not seen either in the wild.

Posted:11 months ago

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David Serrano Freelancer

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@Richard Browne

Montvale, NJ.

Posted:11 months ago

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Richard Browne EVP Gaming and Interactive, Evergreen Studios

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Thanks David. Actually saw a few XBox One's at two Target's this weekend, no PS4's still but I assume Sony has shifted them into the new territory launch sites.

Posted:11 months ago

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David Serrano Freelancer

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@Richard Browne

I suspect the Montvale Game Stop has an ample supply of PS4's since Sony's US sales headquarter is across the street lol.

Posted:11 months ago

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