November 2018 set a record as the first month in which three consoles – Nintendo’s Switch, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One – each sold over 1 million units in the US.
Aided by Black Friday discounting, all three consoles actually passed the 1.3 million sales mark. According to the latest videogames industry sales report from NPD, games hardware spending in November in the US was up 3 per cent year-on-year to $3.9 billion, with the Switch beating the PS4 and Xbox One in terms of November sales. However, overall this year, the PlayStation 4 has sold more units in the US than the Switch or Xbox One.
Software-wise, the best-selling game in November 2018 was Red Dead Redemption 2, which has risen up the charts to become the second best-selling game of 2018 overall in the US, behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The report also confirms Black Ops 4 as the second fastest-selling game in history in the US, behind last year’s Call of Duty: WWII. And Battlefield V took third place behind that pair on November’s sales charts.
NPD’s figures highlight the near-unprecedented current situation, in which the games industry can boast three successful consoles at the same time. The Switch has sold over 22.8 million units and the PlayStation 4 has sold over 88.2 million, surpassing the PlayStation 3’s lifetime sales already. Microsoft never publishes sales figures for its consoles, but the Xbox One is thought to have comfortably passed the 40 million sales mark.