On the American market, Sony can both be happy and disappointed about its November results.
According to the NPD Group’s monthly market report, which is important for all three console manufacturers, as – aside from a lack of supply – it could be a good starting point to inspect the potential success of the PlayStation 5 and the two Xbox Series consoles, the result is somewhat upsetting. Don’t forget the Nintendo Switch, which didn’t have much of competition in the past months, except during the summer, when the PlayStation 4 received Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II.
NPD reveals that the PlayStation 5, which launched on November 12 (with two models, the PlayStation 5 Standard Edition and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition), achieved the highest launch month unit and dollar sales for video game hardware in the United States. These records were previously held by the November 2013-released PlayStation 4. The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, which both launched on November 10, on the other hand, have had a lower debut than the Xbox One! Then again, the two console manufacturers have too much demand to provide supply, which skews the results.
And yet, November was NOT won by the PlayStation 5! According to Nintendo, in November alone, 1.35 million Nintendo Switch units were sold in the United States, pushing the 2020 total in the country to 6.92 million, outpacing 2019 by 426 thousand units year on year. (This year’s performance was undoubtedly pushed by Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a killer app.)
While Sony hasn’t published exact numbers, NPD’s figures confirm that the PlayStation 5 sold less than 1.35 million units in the US in November. The Switch is in a better situation because there is no shortage of this platform.
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