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Halo 5 Helps Xbox One Push Ahead of PS4 in October

by William Schwartz


Apparently people are still very much interested in Halo.  Microsoft’s flagship franchise has almost single handedly pushed the Xbox One ahead of PlayStation 4 in terms of hardware sales for the month of October, according to NPD data.  As a whole, hardware, software, and accessories saw a 2% increase when compared to October 2014.

Console sales were up, but portables like the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita dragged overall hardware sales down for the month.  8th generation consoles were particularly strong, with 7th gen systems seeing sharp declines. Taking out the older systems and portables, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One saw a huge increase in sales when compared to October of last year.

The Xbox One was the best selling console in North America, snapping Sony’s streak with the PlayStation 4, largely due to the release of Halo 5:  Guardians.  343 Industries’ Xbox One exclusive which launched to critical acclaim and fanfare, was the top-selling software in a month where the Xbox One exclusive competed with the likes of Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, NBA 2K16, and others.

The Top Ten Software titles for October:

1: Halo 5: Guardians
2: NBA 2K16
3: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate
4: Madden NFL 16
5: WWE 2K16
6: FIFA 16
7: Destiny: The Taken King
8: Yoshi’s Wooly World
9: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
10: Rock Band 4

While November is just getting started it’s not too early to take a guess who’ll be atop of the charts.  Can the Xbox One continue to outsell the PlayStation 4?  Will anyone outsell Black Ops 3 in November?  Let us know in the comments section what your predictions for November will be.

- This article was updated on:November 13th, 2015

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