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While PS5 was November’s top-selling hardware platform in terms of overall consumer spending, Nintendo Switch sold 1.35 million units to become the best-selling console in the US for a record-breaking 24th consecutive month.
“Xbox Series didn’t set a new record, but also immediately and completely sold out”, Piscatella said.
US consumer spending on hardware, software and accessories totalled $7 billion last month, which was also a November record.
NPD said PS5’s heavily praised DualSense controller recorded the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for a gamepad in US history.
On the software front, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Cold War’s launch was strong enough to make it the best-selling game of 2020 year-to-date based on just 18 days’ sales.
Black Ops Cold War was among the first next-gen games to retail for $70, a price increase which had “no obvious” negative impact, according to Piscatella.
It marks the 13th consecutive year a Call of Duty game has topped the software chart in the month of its release. The second best-selling game of the year so far is 2019’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare.
Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla debuted at No.2 on the software chart with the franchise’s strongest launch month sales since 2012’s Assassin’s Creed III. It’s already the seventh best-selling game in the US year to date.
PS5 also enjoyed a record-breaking launch in the UK, which VGC understands saw it surpass the 250,000 consoles sold during PS4’s launch.
In a statement released in late November, Sony suggested PS5 had enjoyed the biggest console launch in history following “unprecedented” demand.