It's been a busy month for next-gen console sales. With the launch of a new generation of gaming, which console was the best-selling hardware in November?
November saw the launch of both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S, and both appear equally difficult to get hold of. With millions of fans trying to buy their next-gen console, a new report answers the question that we've all been wondering - which device is selling more?
Now, we finally have some figures to throw out there, and it's been a dominant season for one publisher in particular. That said, this has actually been the eighth biggest month for console sales in history.
Overall, this is also the second biggest month for console revenue, behind December 2013. Those who remember what the PS4 and Xbox One launch day was like might recognize this as being the month where the old generation finally got a much-needed restock.
PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X - Which Console Sold the Most?
According to market researchers Growth from Knowledge, console sales in the UK were spiking last month. According to new data, almost 900,000 consoles were sold in the region alone.
And one console managed to out-perform the rest.
Sony's PlayStation 5 holds the title of the UK's best-selling console in November. Despite the Nintendo Switch selling 96% higher than in usual months, the popular handheld hybrid drops to second place for only the third time in two years.
Of course, this means that the Nintendo Switch still beat the Xbox consoles in the sales race. However, it's worth considering that Nintendo Switch devices are far more readily available, and the console enjoyed tremendous Black Friday sales.
Alongside their new PS5 consoles, gamers made the PS5's DualSense controller the best-selling accessory of the month. The Pulse 3D Headset took the number two spot, pushing the DualShock controller the third place.
By contrast, the new Xbox controllers launched at the fourth, fifth, and ninth places for their three color variants. Of course, the sales would be a lot higher if combined.
Which Games Sold the Most?
With regards to boxed games, a whopping 2.38 million titles were sold in the UK from October 25 - November 21. Of these games, 35% of the titles were for the Switch which takes first place in sales.
This was then followed by the PS4, which contains games playable on newer PS5 consoles due to backward-compatibility. The biggest seller of the month was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is available on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
This is no surprise, seeing as the game is the biggest cross-platform game of the next-gen launch so far. According to the report, the vast majority of the title's sales came from digital downloads, and fewer boxed copies of the new Call of Duty were sold compared to other series entries.
It's not hard to realize why, with the UK being in lockdown for the title's release.
The biggest PS5 launch title by far was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, which even beat out Call of Duty on the next-gen console. However, the Nintendo Switch is still coasting from strong titles such as Mario Kart: 8 Deluxe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars.
Top 20 Best-Selling Boxed Games in November (UK)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
- FIFA 21
- Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
- Minecraft (Switch)
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Fortnite: The Last Laugh Bundle
- Ring Fit Adventure
- Marvel's Avengers
- Minecraft Dungeons
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- Demon's Souls
- Star Wars: Squadrons
- 51 Worldwide Games
- Just Dance 2021
- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time
We're willing to bet we can already guess what December's top game is going to be, given the hype for Cyberpunk 2077's release date.
In the US, the PlayStation 5 has seen similar success, with over a million units shipped already. In fact, if sales continue to dominate worldwide, the PS5 could be the best console launch ever.
We're sure many gamers would disagree with this statement, considering how hard it is to get our hands on the console, though. Just imagine how many potential sales the PS5 is missing out on due to lack of stock.
But with more PS5 stock coming before the end of the year, 2021 is set to be huge for Sony's newest console.