Microsoft sells 909,132 Xbox One units in the U.S. during November; Sony claims victory for PS4

Remember when Microsoft and Sony congratulated each other over their respective next-generation game launches last month? You can now consider that truce over. The two companies are offering their own spin on U.S. sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles for November.

The NPD Group collected the numbers for its clients and Sony claims on its PlayStation blog that the PS4 was the top selling console in November in the U.S. Specific sales numbers were not revealed but last month Sony claimed that it sold 1 million PS4s in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours on November 15th.

Microsoft was not so shy about revealing its specific sales numbers for the Xbox One. Launching on November 22nd, a week after the launch of the PS4, Microsoft said it sold 909,132 units of the Xbox One in the U.S. during the last nine days of the month. Microsoft claims that makes the Xbox One the "fastest selling" console in the country with an average of 101,000 units sold per day, "significantly outpacing the nearest competitor."

Microsoft said that it sold 647,000 units of its eight year old Xbox 360 in November, which makes it the sales leader among older generation game consoles. Microsoft also said the total amount spent by consumers on Xbox related items (current and older hardware, software and accessories) topped other consoles at $1.21 billion for last month.

The fact that Sony claims victory for the PS4 over the Xbox One in terms of total unit sales but won't give out specific numbers could mean that the gap in between the two consoles might be closer than what Sony wanted to reveal publicly.

Meanwhile, Gamesindustry.biz reports that the total amount of money spent on the games industry in November was $2.74 billion in the U.S, an increase of seven percent. Hardware sales went up a whopping 58 percent and accessory sales also increased 17 percent. However, game software sales plummeted 24 percent last month. Call of Duty Ghosts was, not surprisingly, the number one best selling game in the U.S., followed by Battlefield 4, Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag, Madden NFL 25 and Grand Theft Auto V.

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Meh. I suspect 3rd party AAA titles will be released to both consoles. Neither console has really won hard core dedicated 3rd party support with PS3 and 360 and IMHO the PS4 and One will not change that in any significant way.

I'm sure both Sony and Microsoft will be profitable with this gen in the end.

Nintendo might make a comeback when they slash the price of the WiiU. Hell, with a decent enough price cut I may pick up a WiiU before I get a PS4 or One (although, I'll probably be getting a PS4 sometime next year).

I stuck with the 360 throughout this generation. Went through 3 consoles and currently on my 4th one. Fortunately my consoles were either replaced by MS under warranty, picked up extremely cheaply on a pre-black-friday sale, and repaired for a nominal fee by MS. I figure I'd try the other guy this next gen and see if I have any better luck with console longevity.

How can either side claim anything?

If the release dates were the same, the stock availability was the same and the areas covered were the same, then maybe but for either side to try and claim anything at the moment is just ludicrous.

MikeChipshop said,
How can either side claim anything?

If the release dates were the same, the stock availability was the same and the areas covered were the same, then maybe but for either side to try and claim anything at the moment is just ludicrous.


THIS!

Congrats to both of youse. Actually, congrats to the gamers who are enjoying themselves and ignoring the bs that comes with NPDs. One of the worst parts of the past generation was the focus on numbers, that was never part of the hobby before and suddenly every podcast had a weekly reading of the NPDs.

Wasn't Sony longer on the market in November? If the numbers are close when Sony had more days to sell then I would say Microsoft won November.

Ronnet said,
Wasn't Sony longer on the market in November? If the numbers are close when Sony had more days to sell then I would say Microsoft won November.

So by that logic the Xbox 360 came out about a YEAR before the PS3. Since their worldwide numbers are close (both around 80 million) when MS had more MONTHS to sell then I assume you would say the PS3 won the last generation (well Wii won but PS3 beat Xbox 360 then?)

Asmodai said,

So by that logic the Xbox 360 came out about a YEAR before the PS3. Since their worldwide numbers are close (both around 80 million) when MS had more MONTHS to sell then I assume you would say the PS3 won the last generation (well Wii won but PS3 beat Xbox 360 then?)

Now that's quite a stretch... LOL

I see his point. Sony claims the win but won't say how many they sold. Why? Because it was really close? If true, then Microsoft sold in 1 week what Sony was able to sell in 2 weeks... That's kind of embarrassing for Sony to be honest...

I think early on at least, the fastest selling console wins, and at the moment, that appears to be the XBox.

Asmodai said,

So by that logic the Xbox 360 came out about a YEAR before the PS3. Since their worldwide numbers are close (both around 80 million) when MS had more MONTHS to sell then I assume you would say the PS3 won the last generation (well Wii won but PS3 beat Xbox 360 then?)

Previous generation was too close to call. But based on game sales it seems more core gamers are on X360. The sales in the first few years of a generation are the most important.

So its intirely fair to compair X1 and PS4 sales to date at the end of Q1 2014. Both have been available on the market for such a time that the one week difference is insignificant. You could say that by Q1 2014 both consoles have been on the market for the sme time period.

But to claim november as a victory while one has two weeks on the market and the other only has one week is just silly. Its no where near the same time period. If they sold the same amount then if anyone 'won' then its X1 (sold twice as much in the same time period).

However I persnally dont think there is a winner. At least not in a popularity sense. I think its clear Microsoft won the 'best supply chain' competition since they were able to push more consoles. However for both there is more demand then supply in the USA. So at this point its entirely pointless to compare. The only reason why Sony and Microsoft do so is because they want to create th illusion of being more popular which could actually influence their actual popularity.

M_Lyons10 said,

I see his point. Sony claims the win but won't say how many they sold. Why? Because it was really close? If true, then Microsoft sold in 1 week what Sony was able to sell in 2 weeks... That's kind of embarrassing for Sony to be honest...

Sony didn't just claim it won out of nowhere. NPD Group who is a respected Consumer Market Research group released their November report in which THEY said Sony won, NOT SONY. Sony just posted a blog post referencing the report and thanking their fans. The fact that they didn't provide more numbers is no worse than when MS didn't provide any when Sony hit the 2.1 million sold mark. It's not like they came out with the claim that they won on their own and they wouldn't tell you why they were making the claim as you seem to imply. NPD Group came out with the claim based on THEIR numbers and Sony just celebrated it, Sony is not hiding the numbers behind the claim, NPD Group tracks those numbers.

Furthermore it's not as simple as Sony had one more week. It's not like Sony launched in a bunch of markets and then a week later Microsoft launched in the same markets. Sony launched in North America (Microsoft's stronghold in the previous gen - 2 countries) a week before Microsoft. Microsoft launched in 13 countries a week later. A week after that Sony launched in the UK and some EU countries. So if you live in the UK for example the Xbone has been out longer than the PS4. At no point have they both been out even in the same number of countries let alone the same amount of time.

M_Lyons10 said,
I think early on at least, the fastest selling console wins, and at the moment, that appears to be the XBox.

No, the one that sells the most wins, it doesn't matter who was out longer or how many countries they are being sold in. Who delivers the most product into the hands of consumers is winning but right now since both are selling out all it really shows is who can manufacture and distribute them faster. To really know who is more WANTED we'll have to wait until supply can catch up to demand and see who is selling more when there is sufficient inventory to meet demand. That likely won't be until March or later of next year. (After the Japan launch for the PS4 and I don't know for the Xbone because they just say 2014 for their next launches with no months given)

Aah a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. Nice to see 2 solid consoles. Oh, and those cricket sounds you hear in the background are coming from Nintendo headquarters.

Technically since the Xbox launched a week after the PS4 it could be the fastest selling console while still selling less overall units.

This isn't really bad considering that MS only had a week left to sell the consoles in November. Having to able to restock the consoles during Black Friday really made this look good.

I wouldn't be surprise if MS wins December sale due to their ability to restock, but will they be able to sustain the success after the holidays.

M_Lyons10 said,

At least it turned on!

Yup it was a solid white line! Had to pull the back cord, then it booted into safe mode!

Kalint said,

Yup it was a solid white line! Had to pull the back cord, then it booted into safe mode!


Oh jeez... I sincerely hope that's isolated... I hate to see anyone have problems with such an expensive purchase...

Who cares? Everyone acts like there needs to be a winner. We should all want both of them to continue to do well so that there continues to be competition and they keep pushing each other.

As long as they both do well enough to keep going, and there's enough competition to cause eventual price drops, new features and fun new games, then the real winner is the consumer.

Spicoli said,
Okay, these articles are officially old, tired, dead, and boring. How about some articles about games and apps to run the consoles?

+1
In fact, i REALLY wish to know if the Kinect 2 works better (and is usable) or is another fad, i careless about the same numbers.

what? You totally missed the point. PS4 is winning now but what about 2yrs from now...3...4...things can change quickly.

So no, if the Wii U is not made anymore, Nintendo doesnt win. Depends on sales numbers at the end.

Exactly, claiming victory this early in the game is the real hypocrisy. Wasn't it supposed to be marathon and not a sprint? Heck, the Holiday season isn't even over yet.

stevan said,
This is too early guys. Please wait a year before claiming victory for either company.

Lol, I must have missed the awards ceremony last year. Who won? Nintendo?

Both are selling very well and its good to see some healthy competition, so far so good I say for the console gaming landscape

Well I suppose the idea from the article could be true and Sony simply didn't feel like showing how close the actual sales numbers were.

Heck, it may turn out that the ps4 didn't break 1 million in the US. I'm pretty sure that 1 million+ in 24 hrs was for North America and not just the US. That means if Canada sold say 100k-200k, then that would put the US numbers below 1 million.

Not that it really matters. #1 or #2 means nothing to Sony or MS right now thanks to the fact that they are both selling far beyond expectations and beyond anything that has been released in the past.

Its hard to believe that a $400 and $500 console can release nearly simultaneously and both push nearly a million units over the course of 15 days (PS4) and 9 days (X1)

trooper11 said,
Well I suppose the idea from the article could be true and Sony simply didn't feel like showing how close the actual sales numbers were.

Heck, it may turn out that the ps4 didn't break 1 million in the US. I'm pretty sure that 1 million+ in 24 hrs was for North America and not just the US. That means if Canada sold say 100k-200k, then that would put the US numbers below 1 million.

Not that it really matters. #1 or #2 means nothing to Sony or MS right now thanks to the fact that they are both selling far beyond expectations and beyond anything that has been released in the past.

Its hard to believe that a $400 and $500 console can release nearly simultaneously and both push nearly a million units over the course of 15 days (PS4) and 9 days (X1)


I agree with you entirely. And in a crap economy to boot! It really is amazing...

At the same time though, if I were Sony, I would expect people to now ask me for my numbers. Incessantly. If I didn't want to give them out, I probably would have kept my mouth shut. LOL

But being shady with numbers has been Sony's practice since quite a long time. They've got some nerve as they even do it in their own financial reports by combining the sales for multiple platforms when it doesn't appear in their favor. We've seen it with combined PS2 and 3 sales and with the Vita and the PSP to artificially inflate the weak numbers.
Not naming the numbers means they are very close indeed and not what Sony expected to happen with all the negative press their zealots were spreading on the competition and the Xbox One must be outselling the PS4 on a weekly basis by quite a lot if it has cought up with a week later release and would mean next month would be highly in MS's favor in the US. Probably because they can supply more to 13 countries than Sony can in 33.
It must be fun at guesstimate sites like VGChartz that guess wrong every time in Sony's favor and have to down correct with massive corrections at a time or upcorrect MS's numbers to match Sony's.

Edited by Thief000, Dec 13 2013, 8:51am :

M_Lyons10 said,
How can you claim victory but refuse to release your own figures?

If the numbers are nearly the same, but the PS4 had an extra week to get there, then it seems to me the winner is the Xbox.

M_Lyons10 said,
How can you claim victory but refuse to release your own figures?

Seems rather shady to me. LOL


Not a PS fan but I would say that's right because MS Sold 2 million consoles worldwide where as sony sold 2.1 million on few countries including US. so it kinda make sense. but Its too early to decide who is the winner. PlayStation is notorious for their crappy network so, only time will tell.

_dandy_ said,

If the numbers are nearly the same, but the PS4 had an extra week to get there, then it seems to me the winner is the Xbox.


Very true. I would tend to agree with you.

trojan_market said,

Not a PS fan but I would say that's right because MS Sold 2 million consoles worldwide where as sony sold 2.1 million on few countries including US. so it kinda make sense. but Its too early to decide who is the winner. PlayStation is notorious for their crappy network so, only time will tell.

Absolutely. And with the cloud-supported structure of the XBox One, I expect it will only be a matter of time before Sony finds themselves in a position where they are unable to compete. They certainly can't build out anything like Live...

Nintendo is in a tough spot right now. I wonder how the next year plays out for them. I can't imagine sales would suddenly explode considering both the X1 and PS4 should sell well for a while thanks to the new games coming next year.

If the Wii U was cheaper I think it would sell well. I have a Wii U and of course the best thing about it are the games you don't get on any other platform. Thankfully the Wii U isn't as gimmicky as the Wii so does go back to using a normal joypad to play games.
If anyone had a Nintendo in the past that they loved playing on then they would love the Wii U. Mario 3D World has a great nostalgic feel of Mario 64 in it.

SK[ said,]Thankfully the Wii U isn't as gimmicky as the Wii so does go back to using a normal joypad to play games.

Does the Wii U come with a "normal joypad"? I thought you had to pay extra to buy a "Pro Controller" to get a "normal joypad".

Great start for both next gen consoles.

I think the one clear thing this shows is that there is high demand for consoles and apparently people are hungry for both.

I wonder how many of those purchases are from people getting each console

I don't think there's really much difference in sales between the two in the US. Internationally though I would expect PS4 to outsell Xbox.

It doesn't matter anyway as both are sold out. You can't predict any trend from the current numbers. We will have to wait next year.

Well I'm not too concerned. They'll both sell well enough. As long as both systems have decent developer support, there's nothing to be worried about.

Just hoping PS4 and Xbox One are reliable consoles, but we'll have to see how they hold up.

I thought so too, both Sony and Microsoft did a good job on this gen product, not so revolutionary but reasonably stable and performant consoles

LaP said,
Yeah will surely be like this gen 50%-50% worldwide.

I doubt it. If you look at the Wikipedia's 7th Gen Console sales the PS3 outsold the 360 in every region except the U.S. This despite being released about a year later. They're about even now and the 360 probably still has a slight edge but that's mainly because of how large the margin of victory in the U.S. is (big enough to make up for losses everywhere else). If MS loses it's dominant position in the U.S. or if Sony is even able to keep it close this time around it's likely they'll win worldwide. I don't see a large movement in PS3 regions to switch to the Xbones over PS4s. It's WAY too early to call though because both are very much inventory restricted. For example Microsoft won Black Friday and Australia Retail sales but that's just because there aren't any PS4s available in retail, they're all sold out. This is likely to continue too because the PS4 still has scheduled launches coming up.

Today (Dec. 13) the PS4 launches in the United Arab Eremites, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
Tues. (Dec. 17) the PS4 launches in South Korea and Hong Kong.
Wed. (Dec. 18) the PS4 launches in Taiwan and India.
Thurs. (Dec. 19) the PS4 launches in Singapore.
Fri. (Dec. 20) the PS4 launches in Malaysia.
Jan. 9 the PS4 launches in Indonesia.
Jan. 14 the PS4 launches in Thailand and the Philippines
and if they manage to build up any stock at all they'll need to stockpike it for...
Feb. 22 when they launch in Japan.

I don't believe the Xbox One has any other launch dates set... they just say "2014".

It's likely both will sell everything they can make for some time yet so who is winning right now doesn't really show who is most wanted but who can make product faster. I don't expect PS4s to be easy to find on shelves until after the Japan launch which means they probably won't be easy to find until sometime in March. Neither console is likely to cut prices anytime soon due to them selling so well but I'd expect Sony to release the PS4/Vita bundle in the U.S. as well as the Vita TV in March or whenever they actually get their inventory under control. The bundle could be priced at like $550 which is less than 10% off but still cheaper then buying a Xbone with a second controller (the Vita can act as a second controller). There are likely a lot of gamers that would rather have a vita with remote play over a kinect 2 for a similar price.

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