NPD sales numbers are in and while they do paint a clearer picture of the next-gen (now current-gen) console war’s first battle, things are still a bit confusing. Basically, both the Xbox One and PS4 sold well during the month of November, as we already knew, and both now lay claim to some pretty surface-level but nonetheless impressive achievements.

While we already knew that the PS4 moved over 1 million units in the first 24 hours of its North American launch, Sony added that the console holds the title of “largest console launch in history.” They wouldn’t say much more beyond that, though, but NPD added that the PS4 led hardware sales for the month.

For the Xbox One, November was an equally successful month, as the console now holds the title of fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Microsoft bolstered that title with the news they sold more than 900,000 units in the U.S. during the console’s first nine days on sale.

While these numbers both work in their respective console’s favor, there are still some significant omissions on both sides of the ball. Microsoft, on the one hand, is avoiding any official numbers aside from the 900,000 and the 1 million (overall) in 24 hours, while Sony has not provided any PS4 sales stats aside from the same 24-hour tally and the “largest console launch” title. Clearly, both next-gen consoles sold well at launch, but they released at different times and in different territories so apples-to-apples comparisons aren’t necessarily fair.

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On the software side, Call of Duty: Ghosts led the pack followed by Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. It’s no surprise that Ghosts would take top honors for November — it also was the best-selling next-gen title — but Activision has not been actively trumpeting records like do in years past. Grand Theft Auto 5 (number 5 on the November NPD list) appears to have taken a little bit of the wind out of the COD sails.

Here is the full November sales list:

  1. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC, NWU)**
  2. Battlefield 4 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PC)
  3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC, NWU)**
  4. Madden NFL 25 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO)
  5. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)**
  6. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)**
  7. Skylanders SWAP Force (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS, XBO, PS4)**
  8. Just Dance 2014 (WII, 360, NWU, XBO, PS3, PS4)**
  9. Disney Infinity (WII, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
  10. FIFA 14 (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, PSV)

While software was down this year (by about 24%), hardware was up (by 58%), but Sony and Microsoft have only just begun. Both have won some individual battles, maybe goosed the numbers in their favor, but the good news is that the potential is there for both systems to be successful.

Did you pick up a PS4, Xbox One, or both this November? What games did you buy this past month?

Source: NPD (via IGN)