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November console sales show Sony widen its user base while Microsoft rakes in the cash

By Cal Jeffrey · 12 replies
Dec 15, 2017
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  1. The November numbers are out and holiday spending is looking good for the big three console makers. According to GamesIndustry.biz, hardware sales are up 51 percent as consumers have spent $1.1 billion on consoles this year.

    A big chunk of those sales were thanks to people anxious to get their hands on Microsoft’s new $500 Xbox One X. Nintendo has had a good year with Switch sales as well but overall, Sony has sold more units than either of its competitors.

    Mat Piscatella, an analyst with NPD, said, “More units of PlayStation 4 hardware sold in November 2017 than any other month life-to-date.”

    Microsoft might have generated more revenue with its pricey system, which is good in the short term, but Sony has further broadened its PlayStation 4 user base with a price drop that will help it maintain its dominance in the market over the long haul.

    That is not to say that the Xbox is doing poorly. On the contrary, Piscatella cites, “Xbox One hardware generated its highest unit sales tally of any November month life-to-date.”

    Going forward, we can expect to see Redmond working on strategies to get more units into the hands of gamers. In fact, starting December 17, Microsoft will be bundling PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with the Xbox One X for a limited time.

    Nailing the successful MMO shooter as an Xbox exclusive was a boon for the system. The game generated more than one million PUBG players on Xbox One within the first 48 hours of release. Rolling on that momentum, MS upped the ante by offering the game free with every Xbox One X purchase. The offer starts on Sunday and goes through December 31.

    While Microsoft and Sony duke it out for the top spot in the console wars, Nintendo is also enjoying splendid sales. Its Switch console/handheld hybrid in a way is in its own market. Since Sony abandoned the Vita and Microsoft has never had a portable gaming system, the Switch's direct competition is limited.

    While Nintendo may be number three in the console wars, its number one spot in the handheld market puts it in a comfortable position. Couple that with high demand for its retro NES and SNES Classics and it is easy to see why the company has experienced moderate growth this year.

    “Consumer spending on Nintendo Switch [and] Plug-N-Play devices such as the SNES Classic … continue to fuel growth,” said Piscatella.

    It seems clear that there are no losers here. When the holiday shopping season concludes, all three companies should end the year on positive notes.

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  2. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Maniac Posts: 285   +154

    Bundling Xbox with a broken game like PUBG? Yeah, great idea.
  3. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +113

    Agreed. It was already proven and linked to in another article, that the base console has a terrible experience with it. Even the upgraded Xbox One X has it's struggles, obviously it's going to improve I would assume over time. Just even on PC it's pretty busted, pushing a broken game out so fast to beat everyone to the punch. I'd rather support Epic over this dev team.

    Still nice to see the consoles are all getting good sales, just did someone need to use a picture with Wii U instead of Switch for the sake of laughs or laziness? :p
    Reehahs, Cal Jeffrey and Misagt like this.
  4. pencea

    pencea TS Addict Posts: 141   +91

    “Sony discontinued the Vita”

    Sony didn’t discontinue making the Vita.

    Sony only dropped support when it comes to developing first party games for it. Otherwise units are still being manufactured and third party games are still being released for it.
    Reehahs, Cal Jeffrey and cldmstrsn like this.
  5. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Maniac Posts: 278   +114

    Guys PUBG is a popular game amongst casual gamers, performance is irrelevant everybody wants to play it and get on the hype train.
    ZackL04 likes this.
  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,585   +1,036

    Performance is very relevant when you're playing sub 20 FPS.

    It's probably gonna be optimized better over time but you can't make it run smooth if hardware is just not good enough.
  7. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,233   +310

    Find me a picture that shows PS4, XB1, and Switch and I'll change it. :p
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  8. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Guru Posts: 447   +492

    PS4 has reached critical mass and selling insanely fast. Probably end up behind only PS2 as the best selling home console at this rate. A $500 newly launched Microsoft console isn't going to make any meaningful impact, clearly. This generation is done and dusted.
    Puiu, pencea and Cal Jeffrey like this.
  9. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,233   +310

    Thanks. Poor choice of words. Corrected.
  10. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 393   +195


  11. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,233   +310

    Thanks Zack. That first one would have been awesome if it didn't have a white background. I suppose I should have listed specs for lead images, but I didn't actually think anybody would have taken me seriously. lol

    Julio wants lead images to be at least 1200x* or larger with anything but a white background. :) Yeah. Makes it a bit tough to find exactly what you're looking for. Damn good try though. :p
  12. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Maniac Posts: 393   +195

    Im just giving u a hard time ;)
  13. Cal Jeffrey

    Cal Jeffrey TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,233   +310

    Ah. And here I was thinking you were trying to be helpful. lol :p

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