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November NPD: PS4 Sells More, But Xbox One Sells Faster

So, which set of official statements holds more weight in your estimation?

One would think the sales totals for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the US during the month of November would be straightforward. It's just numbers, right? But of course, it's a lot more complex than that due to various factors.

First, here's Sony side- prior to the NPD Group's released financial findings for the month of November, the PlayStation 4 producer claimed the following: "The PS4 was the top-selling next-gen platform for both hardware and software in November." Sony already revealed that the new system represented the biggest console launch in the brand's history; over 2.1 million sold worldwide. SCEA boss man Jack Tretton said that "demand continues to outweigh supply," but Sony will work hard to deliver as many PS4 units to retailers as possible.

Right now, the total worldwide numbers appear to be close, if not identical. Microsoft revealed that their sell-through stat is over 2 million worldwide, and they've also countered Sony's aforementioned claim. They didn't say the Xbox One sold more than the PS4 in November, but they did say their console was the "fastest-selling console on the market in the US." In only 9 days of availability, the Xbox sold 909,132 consoles.

We don't know how many units the PS4 sold in its first nine days, but the NPD reminds us that Sony's console was out a full week ahead of time. This means that on an average per-week basis, the Xbox One did indeed top the PS4. Overall, though, the NPD backs Sony's claim that the PS4 sold the most in the US during November, even if most analysts and industry insiders are saying the sales difference right now is negligible.

Overall, the industry enjoyed a great month. Retail sales were up 7 percent and despite software sales declining 24 percent, hardware sales skyrocketed 58 percent with an 80 percent growth in console hardware. Yeah, well, that's what two new systems will do for you. It was the best November ever for game hardware in the US and nobody is really surprised. As for software, it's also no surprise to see Call of Duty: Ghosts at the top, followed by Battlefield 4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25 and Grand Theft Auto V.

Tags: playstation 4 sales, ps4 sales, xbox one sales, sony, microsoft

12/12/2013 9:33:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 10:39:46 PM
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Seems like the best one could do with the numbers is assume neck and neck. I still think PS4 will dominate gaming when the dust settles but kudos to MS for selling a TV box for $500 to so many people.

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vraeleragon
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 10:40:21 PM
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I was gonna get PS4, but I couldn't find it everywhere. Then I saw an Xbox One, and it made me hesitated. Long story short, I decided to buy Xbox One. I wonder how many people decided to buy Xbox One instead of PS4 because they're not in stock. Sony made a mistake in the supplying. Probably would've sold more and killed Xbox One before they arrive.

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DarthNemesis
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:10:34 PM

How could they make a mistake if the consoles are selling faster than they could produce them? Amazon just sold gain in 30 minutes and Walmart will have them in stock this weekend. You should have been patient instead of rushing to buy something you obviously did not really want.

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Banky A
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:13:50 PM

No worries, you'll get a PS4 soon right?...

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Clamedeus
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:04:00 PM
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PS4 sold 1m units in 24 hours. XB1 sold 101k a day over 9 days. Fastest selling my ass.

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DarthNemesis
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:08:26 PM

Exactly, the console sold out in 24 hours as i could not find one anywhere.

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PC_Max
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:05:57 PM
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Personally I couldn't give a toss. I honestly think Sony should not bother indicating what their sales were in the US. The world wide number is more relevant to me. If Sony is doing a lot better now than there were when the PS3 launched, then things are going real well and I think there are not worries this time. Well, as long as the produce the games, exclusive or otherwise.

I really do hate all the posturing. I know they need to get exposure and be out there marketing their product with numbers and such. Don't care really what any say. Sony ... just deliver the the services and the top notch games as you always do. That all I care about.

Keep playing!

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:12:22 PM
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"Although both consoles currently say that they've sold over 2 million each, Sony and Microsoft are selling as many units as are made available. Overall sales numbers currently equal the number of consoles produced."

yep

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Knightzane
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:15:44 PM
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Xbox one did not sell 2 million yet. They're using an old corporate technique where once they start losing investors, (which they are they've gone down by 19% in stock) they say everything is good and dandy as to not lose more stock investors. The Microsoft stock keeps going up and down everyday, and granted I'm not one to follow all that but its the truth. And fastest isn't selling almost a million in over a week.

PS4 sold 1 million the first day, and it hasn't released in Japan and some other areas yet. Microsoft is just trying to pull the "everythings ok guys.." Nintendo's stock is about the same. Falling and dropping, the only one that's staying consistent is Sony's, and even then it's not always positive.

MS is shaking in their shoes, and with the loss of a few big stock owners things are going to start getting dark and spooky for them if they don't catch up to Sony. Anyways, it doesn't matter what the truth is because MS is very good at lying. So...gg

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Brighat
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:20:07 PM
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Microsoft's "fastest selling console..." claim comes from Aaron Greenberg and we all know what we think of Aaron Greenberg...

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Temjin001
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:21:45 PM

ouch, then yes, avoid it.

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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 4:08:25 AM

Aaron Greenberg... The guy who said that games with a native resolution below 1080p are not inferior since most HDTVs will output in 1080p. Yeah, that guy is a load of bull.

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SmNxProdigy
Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 11:54:21 PM
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All of you guys saying how Xbox only sold 100k the first day, 100k is the US number, They had to divide it's stock (1 million about same as sony) into 13 different places. 100k in the us is about 10% of it's stock so it's a pretty fair number. Sony just dropped 1 Million in US alone, making the above numbers seem different.

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Temjin001
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 12:18:06 AM
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I'm most curious about the Wii U. I've seen piles of those in floor stacks.
I suppose Nintendo will have to slash it's price before long. I'm up for that. Heck, if the Wii U drops to $200 I may just get that before the PS4.

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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 4:10:41 AM

I read somewhere that it sold 220k. That's terrible for a November, unfortunately for Ninty.

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PlatformGamerNZ
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 2:04:24 AM
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yeah well is this any surprise to any one here i knew it was gunna be huge the biggest console launch in history now that i didn't see comin honestly and yeah it's offical i have a vita as of today(don't acutally get it till christmas but it's been brought so yeah i have it as far as i'm concerned) so i have all but a ps1 in my playstation console collectiin and one of only a few people with a ps4 and vita =Di'm a happy camper right now with a ton of ac4 on ps4 under my belt as of well now and then some more over the summer in the southern hemisphere.

happy gaming =)

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 2:12:52 AM
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Interesting. I'm looking at the figures on VGChartz and they read a little differently, as they should as they incorporate worldwide tallies. XBO currently sits at 1.9 mil, with the PS4 half a mil ahead, and although the XBO sales doubled those of the PS4 in NA this past week, in Europe it's closer to 3:1 in favour of the PS4.

I imagine the release dates have some effect on those totals, though. What surprises me is that the PS3 actually outsold both next gen consoles...

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Temjin001
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 10:18:16 AM

the way vgchartz tallies numbers week to week isn't entirely reliable. i take their reports as a generalized approximation, and at the quarterly or monthly level. thats where i would recognize their stuff as accurate. this way at those monthly intervals they can adjust their numbers to more closely reflect the NPD's or whatever groups monitor sales in other regions.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 5:04:38 PM

I know they're not always on the money with their accuracy, but I do prefer to follow the figures on there, rather than just the NPD as it gives something closer to a global perspective, rather than just focussing on the US.

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Beamboom
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 4:16:08 AM
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/me sits back with popcorn and a can of soda. :)

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slow and smart
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 4:21:43 AM
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well,the numbers are[usa] 1.250000 ps4 in november and xboxone 750000.Ok ps4 had 1 week extra,BUT ps4 is hard to get now,and xbox one is easy to get;see for example the reactions of people here on this website,and that's no excuse:it's a fact and one that play's a big factor because much people want a gamingconsole and don't want to go home empty handed when they go shopping for a gamingconsole.That's all,MS and others can manufacter all kinds of statements,but this is whats it all about,and nothing else.
And now this:a neck to neck in the usa also doesn't really matter,because of the PS4 numbers in europe and later on in Japan that will make ps4 one way or the other the number 1 easyyyyyy,
only a big margin for xbox in the usa will make a real difference,and that will not happen this gen,so enjoy

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JackC8
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 9:24:43 AM
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Considering the 360 always outsold the PS3 in America, the Microsoft guy's "enthusiasm" at selling equal numbers strikes me as a bit disingenuous lol.

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Kai200X
Friday, December 13, 2013 @ 1:44:34 PM
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Only in America, huh? I'm all for support your own country's product, but after they tried to screw you and then do a complete 360, people still willing to buy their stuff. I guess they are suckers more then they are forgiving.

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Thinker
Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 5:16:58 PM
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Sony said they sold 2.1 million over 2 weeks ago.

Microsoft just claimed they said 2 million.

I find it really hard to believe that, after selling 2.1 million consoles, Sony decided to "go on vacation" for the last 2 weeks.

Is gaming media really so blind as to believe that Sony have not been increasing that 2.1 mil figure these past 2 weeks?

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