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Xbox pushes past PlayStation in October thanks to Halo, says NPD

by Eric Frederiksen | November 13, 2015November 13, 2015 10:30 am PST

The PlayStation 4 has lots of momentum. Compared to the last generation, the tables haven’t just turned, they’re spinning while Microsoft tries to hold on – even if the Xbox One is wildly outselling the Xbox 360 at the same point in its lifespan. With that said, things can change when an iconic franchise rears its head, even if just for a bit.

The NPD numbers are out for October, and Microsoft had a pretty good month.

Not only was Halo 5: Guardians the best selling game in October despite coming out just a few days before Halloween, it also drove the Xbox One up over the PlayStation 4 for the first time in months. Xbox One sales were up 81 percent over the same month last year according to Microsoft, bolstered by the Xbox One Elite Wireless controller as well.

Further down the list of games, Sony and Nintendo had their own exclusives in the top 10 with Yoshi’s Woolly World at 8 and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection at 9.

Here’s the complete list:

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

As Engadget notes, Microsoft could have another strong showing in November with the launch of the timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider (check out our review!) and the early access to Star Wars Battlefront via the platform-exclusive EA Access. But then with Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Star Wars Battlefront both being pushed as PlayStation 4 games despite their multi-platform releases, it’s tough to tell (and much too early).

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...