NPD October 2015: Master Chief Is Back, Bringing Xbox Sales


Each month industry experts are given a report that details all of the consoles and software numbers sold from physical retail brick-and-mortar stores within the United States, which are then reported on by sites privileged with that sort of information. They are published from the NPD group, with this month’s numbers reporting for NPD October 2015.

Top 10 most sold physical software titles in the US, according to NPD October 2015 numbers (bracket order=most-to-least sold version):

  1. Halo 5: Guardians (Xbox One)
  2. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  3. Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)
  4. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  5. WWE 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  6. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  7. Destiny: The Taken King (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
  8. Yoshi’s Wooly World (Wii U)
  9. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
  10. Rock Band 4 (Xbox One, PS4)

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It goes without saying, but with the release of a new Halo game comes software and hardware sales in favor of Microsoft. Halo 5: Guardians comes in at number one on the October NPD charts, but it was also the Xbox One that took over in the hardware sales department. With an 81% increase of hardware sales year over year, this marks the fourth total month in the 24 months that the Xbox One and PS4 have been publicly available that Microsoft’s newest console led hardware sales. Xbox One led April 2015, but importantly led November and December 2014 hardware sales thanks to its bundle offerings, which they hope to ride to a modicrum of success again in 2015.

Concerning software, there are some interesting stories hidden in the NPD reporting. For one, NBA 2K16’s second month on shelves results in higher sales than every other game but Halo 5, including Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Destiny: The Taken King. Same goes for Madden NFL 16’s 3rd month, coming in at #4. Rock Band 4 comes in at #10, and thanks to backwards compatability it makes sense that Xbox One sales beat out PS4. Xbox 360 got exclusivity deals with Rock Band Network, leading to a higher retention in the present. Guitar Hero Live, despite coming out on last-gen and Wii U, sits just outside the Top 10 at #11.