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PlayStation 5 Had The Biggest Console Launch in US History, Beating PS4 Record

With the PlayStation 5, Sony was able to launch the best launch of a console so far in the USA, which applies to both the number of units and sales. Still, the Nintendo Switch was the top-selling console in November 2020. At least it was available.

There are no concrete sales figures for the PlayStation 5 yet. But the message came from the USA that the new Sony hardware could have the most successful console launch to date. That can be seen in the new report from the NPD Group, which is devoted to sales in November.

Even if the PS5 wasn’t the best-selling console in November, the top spot went to the Nintendo Switch, but in that month it was the console with the biggest sales in revenue.

Exclusively based on the respective launch month, no console was more successful than the PS5, both in terms of units sold and revenue generated. The previous record-holder was the PS4, which was successfully launched in November 2013.

The launch of the Xbox Series X/S also contributed to a record $1.4 billion in gaming console sales in the US in November, an increase of 58% over November last year. US consumer spending on hardware, software, and accessories totaled $7 billion last month, which is also a record in November.

According to NPD, the PS5 controller had the highest unit and dollar sales for a gamepad in the month of its launch in US history. The results are of course not unexpected. Sony recently stressed that the PS5 was the biggest console launch of all time.

Also unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War could not only dominate the November charts. The shooter is also the best-selling game of 2020 in the US to date. The shooter is one of the first next-gen games to sell for $70.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla landed at number 2 in the November charts and is now the seventh best-selling game of the year. At the same time, the sales of Valhalla in the month of launch were the highest since Assassin’s Creed 3 in 2012. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the third bestseller in November. Still, the title failed to surpass the 2018 launch sales for Spider-Man.