November NPD: Xbox One overtakes PS4 and Call of Duty claims its annual crown

November was a big month for Microsoft, with their Xbox One price drop gamble paying dividends. Meanwhile, never bet against Kevin Spacey.


Microsoft took a big gamble with its massive Xbox One price drop in November, but it looks to have paid dividends. The next-gen Microsoft machine has finally overtaken the PlayStation 4 and stands at the top of the console mountain, with Microsoft reps stating that November set a new sales record for Xbox One. Overall retail sales for hardware, software, and accessories declined 11 percent overall compared to last November, according to the NPD Group, showing that there's nothing quite like that initial next-gen rush.

As for software, Call of Duty has taken its crown once again, just as it has in several Novembers past. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare stands at the top of sales charts, though it should be noted that the Xbox 360 SKU stands above all other versions, showing there's still a significant current-gen install base. Meanwhile, Grand Theft Auto V's jump to next-gen was enough to give it the #2 spot, while Super Smash Bros. rounds out the top 3. Pokemon takes up two spots with Alpha Sapphire at 5 and Omega Ruby at 7, while Master Chief takes up the back of the pack with Halo: The Master Chief Collection at #10.

Check out the full Top 10 below.

November 2014 Top 10 Games (New Physical Retail only; across all platforms incl. PC; new releases in bold)

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (360, XBO, PS4, PS3, PC)
  • Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3)
  • Super Smash Bros. (NWU, 3DS)
  • Madden NFL 15 (360, XBO, PS4, PS3)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (3DS)
  • Far Cry 4 (PS4, XBO, 360, PS3, PC)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby (3DS)
  • NBA 2K15 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity (PS4, XBO, PC)
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection (XBO)
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    December 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, November NPD: Xbox One overtakes PS4 and Call of Duty claims its annual crown

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      December 11, 2014 4:13 PM

      Hey, Ozzie: showing that there's quite like that initial next-gen rush

      Missing a "nothing" I think.

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      December 11, 2014 8:14 PM

      So it looks like final numbers.

      Xbox One = ~1.2m
      PS4 = ~840k

      That xb1 price drop, game packages, and $100 trade in credit did its job.

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        December 12, 2014 7:20 AM

        Yeah, I was totally going to pick one up but my kid got sick and I never left the house.

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        December 12, 2014 7:38 AM

        I expect MS to keep the xb1 at the $350 price point ever after the holiday. Just without all the games.

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          December 12, 2014 9:27 AM

          They already announced it's until the end of the year. It's not permanent.

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            December 12, 2014 9:38 AM

            MS spokesperson in January whenever the sale is supposed to end.

            "After overwhelmingly positive reaction from the gaming community and record consumer holiday sales we are proud to announce that xb1 will now permanently be priced at $350."

            Nothing is permanent

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              December 12, 2014 10:16 AM

              Oh, fair enough!

              All the stories that I saw were all from Oct, I can't find anything after that.

              I guess inb4 "lol M$ needs to keep the xbonz price cheap to compete!"?

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        December 12, 2014 7:57 AM

        Yeah I finally got an Xbox one because of the deals.

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        December 12, 2014 9:33 AM

        Sony is really dropping the ball this year. No huge exclusives released around the holidays, and not really trying to compete on the price (which I don't really blame them for, seeing that they have a huge lead and are still selling a substantial number of systems).

        Oh well. I don't really care since I own both. lol

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          December 12, 2014 10:18 AM

          I only have a PS4 and I think this is great news. I hope it lights a fire under Sony or at least forces them to stop coasting.

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            December 13, 2014 9:26 PM

            they raised prices here because they know the PS4 is a better system :(

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