Microsoft’s Xbox One Edges Out PS4 in December Sales
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has trumpeted victory in the ongoing sales battle between its Xbox One console and Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 based on the latest sales data from market research firm NPD Group, reports TechCrunch. According to a tweet from Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the company sold 908,000 Xbox One units in December.
“We’re grateful for the excitement and support of our fans — many purchasing their next Xbox console and many joining the Xbox family for the first time,” stated Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi per CVG. It should be noted that Microsoft also sold 643,000 units of its older-generation Xbox 360, which means that it sold more than 1.5 million total consoles in December.
Although Sony declined to provide its December sales numbers, it pointed out that it is still winning the overall sales race. “PlayStation 4 remains the cumulative leader for next gen console sales in the US since the launch on November 15,” stated Sony spokesperson Dan Race via CVG. “We sold every PS4 available at retail in the US and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand.”
Sony sold a total of 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 2013, while Microsoft sold 3 million Xbox One consoles. Although this figure appears to make Sony the clear winner, the sales data becomes murkier upon closer inspection.