November represented the best month ever for the sale of video game hardware, says the latest monthly retail report from research firm NPD Group.
Fueled by the launches of Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4, assisted by a boost from Nintendo's portable 3DS, hardware sales surged 58% last month.
The PS4 finished as the top-selling console for the month, setting a record for highest first-month sales for a hardware platform, says NPD analyst Liam Callahan.
"Attach rates of software to hardware were strong for the new console introductions, with PS4 attach rates exceeding those of the launch months of both the PS3 and the PS2," says Callahan in a statement.
Citing NPD data, Microsoft says the Xbox One was the fastest-selling console in the U.S., topping 909,000 in its first nine days.
Both devices have jumped off to fast starts since launching in November. The PS4 and Xbox One have both topped 2 million in worldwide sales since their respective debuts on November 15 and November 22.
Overall, the retail video game industry raked in $2.74 billion, up 7% from the same time last year.
The lone down spot for the industry was software, which plunged 24% compared to 2012. "Collective sales from software introduced in November 2013 compared to software launched in November 2012 were down 41%, and were a major contributor to the overall software decline this month," says Callahan.
Military first-person shooters owned the top two spots, with Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 finishing first and second respectively. Action title Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag rounds out the top three.
The full top 10:
1. Call of Duty: Ghosts (Activision)
2. Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts)
3. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft)
4. Madden NFL 25 (Electronic Arts)
5. Grand Theft Auto V (Take-Two Interactive)
6. NBA 2K14 (Take-Two Interactive)
7. Skylanders SWAP Force (Activision)
8. Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft)
9. Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive)
10. FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
- by Brett Molina, USA Today