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PS5 Best-Selling Console in the US in November, Modern Warfare II Tops Software Charts

PS5 Best-Selling Console in the US in November, Modern Warfare II Tops Software Charts - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 09 December 2022 / 6,856 Views

The PlayStation 5 was the best-selling console in the US in November 2022 in terms of units sold and dollar sales, according to figures from The NPD Group. NPD includes the dates for the four week period of October 30 to November 26.

The Nintendo Switch the second best-selling console in terms of units sold and dollar sales, while the Xbox Series X|S came in third in both categories. 

The increase in PlayStation 5 sales was the primary driver in the 45 percent increase in hardware revenue compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date units sold has the Nintendo Switch as the best-selling console, while the PlayStation 5 is number one in terms of revenue.

Overall spending on video games in November were up three percent year-on-year from $6.11 billion to $6.29 billion. Spending on video game content decreased five percent from $4.98 billion to $4.74 billion, while video game hardware sales increased 45 percent from $0,87 billion to $1.25 billion.

Year-to-date sales for 2022 are down six percent from $52.19 billion to $48.97 billion. Spending on video game content in 2022 dropped seven percent from $45.24 billion to $41.93 billion, while video game hardware sales are up six percent percent from $4.74 billion to $5.04 billion. 

"U.S. consumer spending on video game content, hardware and accessories reached $6.3 billion in November 2022, an increase of 3% when compared to a year ago," said The NPD Group Executive Director and Video Game Industry Advisor Mat Piscatella.

"Performance was driven primarily by 45% growth in video game hardware dollar sales compared to November of 2021, led by PlayStation 5. Other market areas experiencing spending growth in November compared to a year ago included non-mobile subscription content, accessories, and digital premium downloads on consoles. November’s strong performance brings year-to-date spending to $49.0 billion, a 6% decline when compared to the same period in 2021."

He added, "Strong hardware performance in the month of November (45% increase vs. year ago to $1.3 billion) was due primarily to a significant increase in PlayStation 5 volume when compared to a year ago. PlayStation 5 was November’s best-selling hardware platform in both unit and dollar sales, while Nintendo Switch ranked 2nd across both measures. PlayStation 5 remains the best-selling hardware platform of 2022 in year-to-date dollar sales, while Nintendo Switch leads in units."

PS5 Best-Selling Console in the US in November, Modern Warfare II Tops Software Charts

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II remained the best-selling game in its second month on the market and is now the best-selling game of 2022 year-to-date. 

The next three spots were taken up by new releases. God of War: Ragnarök debuted in second place, Pokémon Scarlet/Violet debuted in third place, and Sonic Frontiers debuted in fourth place. Tactics Ogre: Reborn was the one other new game in the top 20 and it debuted in 17th place. 

Madden NFL 23 dropped one spot to fifth place, FIFA 23 dropped three spots to sixth place, while NBA 2K23 is up one spot to seventh place.

Gotham Knights in its second month fell from second to eighth place. Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales shot up the charts from 39th to ninth place. Mario Party Superstars rounds out the top 10.

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in terms of dollars for November 2022:

Top 10 best-selling Nintendo games for November 2022:

Top 10 best-selling PlayStation games for November 2022:

Top 10 best-selling Xbox games for November 2022:

Here are the top 20 best-selling games in year-to-date 2022:

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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trunkswd (on 09 December 2022)

VGChartz November 2022 US estimates BEFORE adjustments:
XS: 1.25M
PS5: 1.14M
NS: 1.05M

VGChartz November 2022 US estimates AFTER adjustments:
PS5: 1.14M
NS: 1.09M
XS: 1.08M

PS5 remains the same, NS adjusted up 3.8%, and XS adjusted down 13.6%.

2021 vs 2022 year-over-year change for November US sales following adjustments:

PS5: 0.44M -> 1.14M (+159%)
XS: 0.69M -> 1.08M (+57%)
NS: 1.10M -> 1.09M (-1%)

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Blood_Tears (on 09 December 2022)

Very impressive sales and revenue for Sony. PS5 at full price and no deals outselling the heavily discounted competition during a holiday period really says something about consumer mindshare and demand. They practically gave away the Series S with reduced price and retail gift cards and it still wasn't enough.

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jvmkdg Blood_Tears (on 09 December 2022)

December is going to be a big month for PS5. I'll wait for sony's numbers but I'll wait on the 31.5 million units shipped by December 31st

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jvmkdg (on 09 December 2022)

what are the numbers before and after adjustments?
considering ps5 had a large stock still think ps5 is low

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AJNShelton jvmkdg (on 09 December 2022)

PS5: same
Switch: slightly up
Xbox: way down

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scrapking AJNShelton (on 10 December 2022)

Xbox Series is way down over estimates, but way up year-over-year, so it's not really bad news for any of the three of them.

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AJNShelton scrapking (on 10 December 2022)

I directly responded the question, I don't understand the downvotes.

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scrapking AJNShelton (on 12 December 2022)

Technically you didn't answer the question, as the OP was asking for numbers not a "way up" or "way down" assessment. ;)

But I think the downvotes were due to the tone of your comment. Saying Xbox was "way down" wasn't wrong, but also wasn't the whole story when the estimate was revised downward but when Xbox was still up significantly year-over-year.

You can be literally accurate, and yet not be telling the whole story, you know?

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AJNShelton scrapking (on 13 December 2022)

I did technically answer the question. Around 200k is a big difference, compared to the 0,01 million of the Swtich (hence the "slightly").

And he didn't ask about a so called "whole story", his question was very specific. Thus, adding "yeah it's way down BUT up overall YOy" isn't the whole story, it's details nobody asked for.

The actual whole story would've been talking about the PS5 stocks he's referring to in his question

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scrapking AJNShelton (on 13 December 2022)

Well, right. But since his "very specific" question was "what are the numbers before and after adjustments?", I would argue that replying with non-numbers doesn't answer the question. :)

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AJNShelton scrapking (on 14 December 2022)

Thanks for your honesty

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loy310 (on 09 December 2022)

what was the real black friday numbers? want to see if their sales helped them on that day.

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AJNShelton (on 09 December 2022)

Well heavy discounts didn't help that much

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trunkswd AJNShelton (on 09 December 2022)

Year-over-year Xbox Series X|S is up by quite a bit. Not nearly as much as PS5.

PS5: 0.44M -> 1.14M
XS: 0.69M -> 1.08M
NS: 1.10M -> 1.09M

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y2jarmyofficial AJNShelton (on 09 December 2022)

I wouldn’t say that . In Black Friday (not the month of November) Xbox still outsells ps5 without any major 1st party games that’s impressive enough that I was surprised, I expected Xbox to be 3rd for Black Friday , considering there’s god of war that just came out. I’m happy to say I was proven wrong. But as a realist I believe in December Xbox wont replicate the same miracle like November not without any major 1st party games. I don’t think forza nor redfall will have the same impact as god of war but starfield seems to be hyped(I’m just talking of hype). So in short it will be till starfield arrives till Xbox outsells ps5. Am I wrong or right? By outsell I don’t mean outsell in general I mean week by week basis

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CGI-Quality y2jarmyofficial (on 11 December 2022)

PS5's issue came down to supply. It was outsold during Black Friday, and so significantly, because of that. Can only sell what you have.

And yes, December should be a different story.

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y2jarmyofficial CGI-Quality (on 12 December 2022)

Ah yes supply issues always and Xbox had no major title this year so still mighty impressive

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CGI-Quality y2jarmyofficial (on 12 December 2022)

Not always, just in this instance (PS5 outsells Xbox Series all year round otherwise). All of the numbers are impressive given the circumstances. Just needed some perspective on why the discrepancies are what they are.

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y2jarmyofficial CGI-Quality (on 12 December 2022)

Any supply issues on series x ? Because I could not find one yesterday (just a local game stop) they only had series s . Not interested in the s

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CGI-Quality y2jarmyofficial (on 12 December 2022)

None to the degree of PS5, according to reports.

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AJNShelton CGI-Quality (on 12 December 2022)

Yeah in Europe you can buy a Series X on Amazon (just checked now)

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y2jarmyofficial AJNShelton (on 12 December 2022)

Just Europe ? Because I seen ps5 or ps5s on the same GameStop I went to check for the series x . Though it was a god of war bundle that was priced at 660 $ . Though when I saw this it was a few days before the holidays so I’m not sure if you count that

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