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Xbox One Outsold PlayStation 4 in December

by Eric Frederiksen | January 16, 2014January 16, 2014 4:00 pm PST

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According to Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg, Xbox Chief of Staff for the Devices & Studios Group, NPD numbers are out and they’re showing the Xbox One as the best selling console in the month of December.

Some additional numbers from Microsoft Xbox News site reveal that the Xbox One sold just over 900,000 units in December, while the Xbox 360 sold 643,000. Together, the two held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the United States, according to Microsoft. Total combined spending on the Xbox platform totaled $1.39 billion in December, which accounted for “50% of the combined software, hardware, and accessories” spending in the U.S.

On the software side, Microsoft occupied six of the top 10 spots on the list devoted specifically to games released on the new consoles. Battlefield 4, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, Madden NLF 25, and Call of Duty: Ghosts were listed.

To add some context to those numbers, the PlayStation 4 at our last check had sold 4.2 million to the Xbox One’s 3 million. The PlayStation 4 has been difficult to find since launch, while Microsoft has had a bit easier of a time keeping their console in stock. These supply issues almost certainly contributed to Microsoft’s victory in December, and as Sony gets their supply chain up to speed we’ll likely see the balance shift a bit in the coming months.


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,...