Xbox One Leads December for Sales in US, Edges Out PS4
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
Who says console gaming is dead?
The next-gen console race is most certainly underway. According to the latest December NPD Group figures, the Xbox One sold 908,000 consoles in the United States, effectively taking the lead over the PlayStation 4 for the month. Sony's latest black box took home the silver crown, while the Xbox 360 landed in third, selling a surprising 643,000 units. Based on the info from Microsoft's press release, that means both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 per cent of the hardware market in the country.
It's important to note that, cumulatively, the PS4 has sold more units than the Xbox One since the launch dates for both consoles. Sony has boasted that 4.2 million consoles were sold in 2013, while Xbox One sold 3 million. It's definitely uplifting to see consumers adopting into the new machines so quickly and to see both companies, despite their rivalries, reacting so positively. However, it was Nintendo's 3DS that topped overall sales for the year but "with its $499.99 price point, the Xbox One led annual hardware sales on a dollars basis."
Also, Microsoft claimed "50 per cent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S," with a whopping $1.39 billion being spent between Xbox One and the 360. That's a whole lotta dough, if we were to say so ourselves.
It's safe to say that the gaming and specifically the console industry, is as healthy as ever. With exclusive games like Titanfall, Quantum Break and the next Halo being targeted for 2014, it's definitely going to be one interesting year. Cheers!