The PlayStation 5 has been confirmed to be the biggest-selling console in November. According to statistics collated by GamesIndustry.biz, close to 900,000 consoles were sold in the UK throughout the whole of last month. These figures account for four weeks ending on November 28.
It marks the eighth biggest month for console sales (excluding handhelds), and comes second behind December 2013 for console revenue, following a demand for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The biggest PlayStation 5 launch game was Spider-Man: Miles Morales, beating out Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Behind the PlayStation 5 was the Nintendo Switch, taking second place for the third time in two years.
There is a silver lining for Nintendo, as their hardware sales soared by 96% over the last four weeks. Year-on-year, Switch sales are up by 63.1%, with Nintendo’s console faring quite well during Black Friday.
According to GFK data regarding boxed software in the UK, 2.38 million games were sold in November (between October 25 to November 21). The Switch was the most popular console for the month, beating the PS4.
Nintendo was also the best-selling publisher for the month, due to hit games including Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe, Minecraft, and Super Mario 3D All-Stars. They further kept competition at bay from Ubisoft. The studio saw strong sales with their Viking epic Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in second and cyber-thriller sequel Watch Dogs: Legion claiming fifth.
The best-selling game in November was Treyarch and Raven’s joint venture, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Physical copies were down while digital downloads saw a substantial rise, accounting for the majority of the game’s total figures.
Plus, to back up the PlayStation 5’s massive success, CEO of Sony, Jim Ryan recently confirmed all PlayStation 5 stock has sold out.
It was also recently announced that December’s free PS Plus games include Square Enix’s Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble.