Console sales figures just released – compiled by research company The NPD Group – reveal that Xbox One topped the sales charts for October, selling twice as many units as in the same month last year.
The same report also puts Halo 5: Guardians at the number one position in the software sales chart, despite only available for the last week of the month. Indeed, by 4 November Microsoft confirmed Halo 5 had generated over $400 million in sales (across all standard, limited and collectors editions, as well as the Halo-themed console).
Even more remarkable is that a console-exclusive title topped the chart. The only other console-exclusive entries in the October chart are Wii U’s Yoshi’s Wooly World at number 8, and PS4’s Uncharted collection at number 9.
Our take: Xbox One’s success must be even sweeter for Microsoft given Sony’s recent PS4 price cut to $350 in the U.S. – the same as the best-value Xbox One package. But as gamers, the real take away from the NPD report is that two years into the eighth generation of consoles sales remain strong, with the total sales for Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U up 12 percent year-on-year. Regardless of your platform of choice, strong sales means more money for the industry, means more developers willing to take a chance on some new, great games!