The PlayStation 5 was November 2020’s best-selling hardware platform in consumer spending, and it had the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a video game hardware platform in U.S. history, breaking the previous record held by PlayStation 4 in November 2013.
As reported by The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, even though the PS5 broke those records, the Nintendo Switch was still the best-selling hardware platform in November 2020 in units sold, extending its streak for a record 24 consecutive month.
As for Xbox Series X/S, even though they did not set any records, Piscatella notes that they also “immediately and completely sold out.”
As far as games, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War was November 2020’s best-selling game, and has already become the best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date, beating out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This is the 13th consecutive year that a Call of Duty game has been the best-selling game of its launch month. In November 2007, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock surpassed Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s sales to take the #1 spot.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla took the number two spot and achieved the highest launch month sales for an Assassin’s Creed game since Assassin’s Creed III in 2012.
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales followed at number three and had the second highest launch month sales of any superhero game on PlayStation platforms in U.S. history, trailing only behind Marvel’s Spider-Man. The full list of November 2020’s top 20 best-selling games is as follows;
November 2020’s Best-Selling Games
- Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
- Madden NFL 21
- NBA 2K21
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity
- Watch Dogs: Legion
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- FIFA 21
- Demon’s Souls
- Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars
- Just Dance 2021
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe
- Luigi’s Mansion 3
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Marvel’s Avengers
- Mortal Kombat 11
- Ghost of Tsushima
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PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a gamepad in U.S. history.
As a whole, consumers spent a November record $7.0 billion, 35% higher than November 2019. Year-to-date spending is at $44.5 billion, 22% higher than the same time period in 2019.
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