I don’t really feel the need to post hot topic news articles anymore, seeing as how there’s hundreds of other websites doing the same ol’ same, but I thought October’s NPD results were pretty interesting.
For the first time since April, the Xbox One has outsold the PS4 and boasts an 81% increase in sales. With huge cross-platform games typically dominating software sales, it’s also worth noting that Halo 5 was the top selling game in all of October.
What’s more, each of the three major consoles had an exclusive crack the top 10. Which is awesome.
For those of you new to NPD, keep in mind that the console order displayed in parentheses goes from best selling to worst. NPD also only counts physical retail copies.
- Halo 5: Guardians (XBO)
- NBA 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Assassins Creed: Syndicate (PS4, XBO)
- Madden NFL 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- WWE 2K16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- FIFA 16 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
- Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
- Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
- Rock Band 4 (XBO, PS4)
So even though Halo 5: Guardians topped the overall sales chart, with an estimated 2:1 sales ratio between PS4 and Xbox One it makes sense that all cross-platform games performed better on Sony’s home console (as they usually do month-to-month) with the exception of Rock Band 4.
There’s a few more interesting tidbits to point out as well. Despite a price cut on the Playstation 4 ($399 to $349), it failed to sell more units than the console did the previous month in September. This is also the first month that Minecraft hasn’t been featured in the top 10 since.. well, probably since it released on Xbox 360.
Aside from Minecraft, other games falling off September’s list entirely are Mad Max, NHL 16, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Disney Infinity 3.0 (which actually sold more on Xbox 360 than any other console, oddly enough), and Super Mario Maker.