November 2017 NPD: Xbox One brings in more spending, but Sony sells more PlayStation 4s

U.S. consumers wanted new video game hardware in November, and they spent a ton of money getting the latest Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo devices. This led to a strong month for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. In fact, November doesn't have a clear winner in terms of hardware sales. Gamers bought more PS4s than Xbox Ones or Nintendo Switch systems, but people also spent more money buying Xbox Ones than PS4s or Nintendo's Switch, according to industry tracking firm The NPD Group.


Admin note because people *seem* confused.

Sony sold more consoles than the competition, this affects market share but not at a large level so it really just maintains market share they already had. Microsoft brought in the most revenue from hardware sales, which is a measurement of total that consumers paid and not profit. Switch sold a lot of hardware as well without any sales deals. We are living in a period of great competition between the three, which is what we all should want for more services, support, and games going forward.

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Majin-vegeta2119d ago

What else is new with the crazy line up of games this year and what's to come in the future.With a $199 price tag.Sony killed it.🤙

Lightning Mr Bubbles2119d ago

Wow, so PS4 outsold XBOX one X in November?

JaguarEvolved2119d ago

PlayStation domination across all nations

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Lightning Mr Bubbles2119d ago (Edited 2119d ago )

Wait, so PS4 also outsold the Switch? That's also great news! Playstation fans, we are in a very good position.

morganfell2119d ago (Edited 2119d ago )

Yes it did. And it is all downhill for them from here. Launch month was their best bet. As we move into the new year, Sony starts to bring major guns to bear. Games like God of War and Days Gone along with more VR growth.

"In 2018, we’re unlikely to get any major revisions from Sony or Microsoft, so those companies will likely focus on software support"

Again it is Sony that easily tops MS with software support. Games, that thing that actually matters at the end of the day ,are Sony's hand to play.

Eonjay2119d ago (Edited 2119d ago )

Yes it's really impressive. The Xbox One S was even cheaper than the PS4 so honestly, I thought that plus the launch would do it.
Oh year Xbox hasn't won NPD in over a year.

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UltraNova2119d ago

Not even the switch with Mario couldn't stop it. Damn.

The ps4 took the cake and started running away with it. Hell they didn't even stop to eat it.

bouzebbal2119d ago (Edited 2119d ago )

i thought x1x was flying off the shelves and xbox were so surprised about the appeal among gamers and the pre-orders??? is that only bluff from xbox? would be 1st time they BS us :D

Gran Turismo was the big release of this month.
It was well timed by Sony. Really hats off..

DarXyde2119d ago (Edited 2119d ago )

It's not terribly surprising if you think about it. $500 to play, for the overwhelming most part, the same games as the console that cost $200 on black Friday. And, with the $200 console, you get access to more [current] games.

I'm not surprised in the least there. What DID surprise me was seeing the One S get outsold. It's a UHD Blu-ray player that plays games and Microsoft, due to smaller market share, had more growth potential; since less people own an Xbox than PS4, Microsoft had more room to expand their market and still 'lost' at home.

One X, I imagine, will sell better when the price drops. But keep in mind that stock wasn't really plentiful, so that's worth considering.

Cryptcuzz2119d ago

I expected as much.
Starting early next year, it will dominate even more when the likes of exclusives; God of War, Detroit, Dreams, Spider Man, Ni No Kuni 2, Last of Us 2, Days Gone, Ghost of Tsushima, Shadow of Colossus, etc, begin releasing throughout the year.

alb18992119d ago

I don't get the surprise. People where looking for specials because it was black Friday and cybermonday, and Sony put the PS4 at 199?
Having better and more exclusives didn't hurt either.
Now, I'm sure that the X sold a lot more than the Pro and will keep doing so for the rest of the generation. Taking in consideration that the X Is Made fore the core, you will see some changes on third party sells as the X keep growing on the market.

morganfell2119d ago

"But keep in mind that stock wasn't really plentiful, so that's worth considering."

Oh please, even the supposedly limited edition Scorpio kept reappearing. They had stock. I was in Gamestop on Black Friday and they had stock of the standard X1X.

NewMonday2119d ago

never expected the PS4 to win this month going up the hyped XboneX and a new console launch.

johndoe112112119d ago

"Now, I'm sure that the X sold a lot more than the Pro" I'm gonna call BS on that. The ps4 pro is higher on the amazon best sellers list than the 1x. Amazon is not the "be all" but it is a very good representation of the current sales market.

fiveby92118d ago

Sony did say they had their best black Friday ever. I guess they had a great month overall. I hear gamers of all ages, particularly younger ones, say they want PS4. Not only for the great games but also because that is where their friends are playing. And many I know are seeking to have a PS4 and a Switch. I still love my PS4 but with my new 4K tv I'll be getting a Pro very soon.

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morganfell2118d ago


"Taking in consideration that the X Is Made fore the core"

Do you know the main thing that makes people part of 'the core'?

Games. Its the games. Not the hardware, not what kind of TV or monitor they have, it is instead their devotion to the games.

DarXyde2118d ago


Let me say what I said another way:

"Stock was restricted". I think that's more accurate to say. I don't know if they were holding back Stock to give the impression of overwhelming demand, but regardless, that would still mean not everyone who wanted one got one. I'm pretty convinced most people with an Xbox One X are just upgrades, but still, not everyone got one, I'd imagine.

Of course, PS4 sold out at some point if I'm not mistaken so the same principle applies, intentional supply regulation withstanding. And it's cheaper.

In no way am I suggesting Xbox would have outsold PlayStation, but I do believe Xbox would have still lost, but "not as badly".

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Outside_ofthe_Box2118d ago (Edited 2118d ago )

Ok this was honestly unexpected. Switch not coming out on top is surprising. Ninty still having issues meeting demand?

The X not aiding enough to outsell the PS4 is one of those either or scenarios:

- The X is expensive so it not selling enough to bolster it over the PS4 was a reasonable conclusion to come by prior to the outcome

- The X aiding in XB1 outselling the PS4 for last month at least was also a reasonable exception given that it was it's launch month

Either scenario happening isn't really too surprising and were realistic assumptions.

morganfell2118d ago

"Of course, PS4 sold out at some point if I'm not mistaken so the same principle applies, intentional supply regulation withstanding. And it's cheaper. "

Cheaper than what? The X1S? You see now we are just splitting hairs. The One S was cheaper coming in at times during the month cheaper than the PS4, cheaper than the PS4 Slim, and certainly cheaper than the Pro. MS made the decision to invest in a more expensive console rather than games. Should they get a sales pass there too? No. They were out-maneuvered and outsold. I'm not happy. I have two X1S units in the house gathering dust. I would have preferred MS invest in games. They didn't and Sony, in the month of the MS launch, took them to task. And as I stated above. This, or rather November...well that is as good as it will get. The sky only darkens for Redmond and the Xbox division moving forward. Sony has major software dropping...again...in 2018.

NXFather2118d ago

WOW Curb Your Enthusiasm. You really suprised.

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FITgamer2118d ago

Especially impressive when you consider Microsoft had the cheapest, newest, most powerful consoles on market during the month.

Mr Pumblechook2118d ago

Silly article. As gamers and industry observers we use NPD to record which console sold the most, which adds to the install base - it’s what we’ve done for years. November it was PS4. Venturebeat are choking on this fact.by de-emphasising it. I’m happy to hear that Xbox One X bought in revenue - it did have the highest price. But if you start changing the rules of NPD success then you can use bend facts to suit your argument, eg Xbox made most revenue or PlayStation consoles most profit etc. Doing this ‘success’ cannot be agreed by fans.

Best stick to NPD most units sold.

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indyman77772118d ago (Edited 2118d ago )

If x1c cost 500 and ps4 cost 200 then of course Microsoft is charging us 250% more per x1x and will win the console spending unless Sony sales 251% MORE consoles.

PS4 Won what matters install base.

@morganfell your logic it is all downhill for SWITCH because you think their first month will be their best is stupid. In fact it is hippocritical. No one gets their launch month total for about a full year EVEN SONY PS4 did not match first month sales for over a year. PS4 sold 2.4 million first month remember? SWITCH is gaining momentum.

LateNightThirst2118d ago

$200 vs $500 which would win? lol come on now

Babadook72118d ago

So much for the xox bridging the sales gap. Not even in its opening month in home territory.

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trooper_2118d ago

Again, Sony drives home the importance of GAMES, not 4k mumbo jumbo.

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trooper_2118d ago

Sony still delivered the games.

LP-Eleven2118d ago

@ Lovable: Yeah, the same "Blu-ray" that is being used today (including in the rival Xbox console[s]). If you're trying to point out failures, you aren't doing a very good job.

Chevalier2118d ago

Too the people who think Xbox One X was hard to find. Other than the first week my store has been fully stocked. My store has a pallet full sitting unsold right now in my back room. Based on recent sales I would say it will take me into February or March to sell off that whole pallet and cycle through what we got. I will bet sales drop off considerably.

Lovable2118d ago

Pic or obviously you're lying to make a point