The PlayStation 4 was once again on top of the video game industry for November 2017, beating the massively popular Nintendo Switch and setting a record for most number of units sold in a month.
The feat is certainly not bad for a 4-year-old console, with Sony claiming that PlayStation 4 all-time sales reached the 70 million mark this month.
PlayStation 4 Beats Nintendo Switch, Sets New Record In The Process
The Nintendo Switch dominated the hardware sales charts for four straight months until October, with the hybrid console looking like it had all the momentum heading in the holiday season.
However, according to the NPD Group, it was the PlayStation 4 that ruled November, beating the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One.
Even more impressive for the 4-year-old console is that it set a new record for units sold, selling more units in November compared to any other month since the PlayStation 4 was released in November 2013.
The PlayStation 4 was not expected to sell well in November, as Nintendo had all the momentum with the late October release of Super Mario Odyssey and Microsoft finally released the highly anticipated Xbox One X. However, Sony's console turned around the predictions and instead sold the most units ever in its history.
However, the Xbox One also made waves in November. While there were more PlayStation 4 units sold, customers spent the most in buying new Xbox One units, as it appeared that gamers were waiting to shell out $500 for the Xbox One X.
Overall, the video game industry looks like it is at its healthiest in recent memory, which is good news for everyone. According to NPD analyst Mat Piscatella, year to date, gamers spent $3.4 billion in hardware, which is a 28 percent increase compared to the same month of 2016.
Call of Duty: WWII Wins November 2017
In terms of software sales, there was one clear winner. Call of Duty: WWII, officially released on Nov. 3, was not only the overall best-selling game for November 2017, but it has also claimed the title of being the best-selling game of the year so far.
Rounding out the top five games for November are Star Wars: Battlefront II, Assassin's Creed: Origins, NBA 2K18, and Madden NFL 18. Star Wars: Battlefront II taking second place is surprising, considering the backlash that the game has received for its microtransactions.
Another interesting game in the rankings is Super Mario Odyssey, which took sixth place overall despite the game only being sold in physical form. The top five games all benefitted from digital sales.