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Sony Sees Strong Start to Holiday Period as PlayStation 5 Tops Hardware Charts

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Sony is leading the gaming hardware race into the holiday period as the PlayStation 5 was October 2022’s best selling console in the U.S.

According to the NPD Group’s latest figures, the PS5 topped the hardware charts both in terms of units sold and dollar sales, with the Xbox Series X and S coming in second place. Hardware dollar sales fell by 10% overall compared to last year, however, with year-to-date spending for all video game products falling by 7%.

On the software front, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 became the best selling game in October, marking 15 straight years that Call of Duty has claimed the top spot in its release month. Gotham Knights was the second best selling game despite a rough start.

Sports titans FIFA 23 and Madden NFL 23 took third and fourth, putting the other newly released games of NHL 23 in fifth and Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope in sixth. Bayonetta 3 placed ninth, Star Ocean: The Divine Force placed 14th, Dragon Ball: The Breakers placed 16th, and PGA Tour 2K23 placed 17th despite all being October releases.

The full list of October 2022’s best selling games can be seen below:

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. Gotham Knights
  3. FIFA 23
  4. Madden NFL 23
  5. NHL 23
  6. Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope
  7. Persona 5
  8. NBA 2K23
  9. Bayonetta 3
  10. Elden Ring
  11. Mario Kart 8
  12. Splatoon 3
  13. Minecraft
  14. Star Ocean: The Divine Force
  15. Grounded
  16. Dragon Ball: The Breakers
  17. PGA Tour 2K23
  18. Nintendo Switch Sports
  19. NieR: Automata
  20. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

It’s worth noting that neither Nintendo or Take-Two report digital sales, and these are therefore not factored into the performance indicated above.

IGN gave this month’s top performer a 6/10 in our single player review and an 8/10 in our multiplayer one, saying in the latter: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer moves the formula forward with bigger maps and more customization without sacrificing its bulletproof mechanics.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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