Microsoft: Xbox One led December's U.S. console hardware sales with 908,000 units

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One was the best selling console in December in the U.S. The company revealed that, according to figures from the NPD Group, the Xbox One sold 908,000 units in the U.S. during the last month of 2013. Microsoft announced in early January that it sold over 3 million units worldwide by the end of 2013. Microsoft had previously said that the Xbox One sold 909,132 units in November in the U.S., which means that the console sold 1,817,132 units just in the U.S. in the last few weeks of the year.

Microsoft's blog added that the eight year old Xbox 360 managed to sell 643,000 units in December, which put it at the number three spot on NPD's sales list. The combined sales of both consoles claimed 46 percent of the U.S. console hardware market in December. The amount of money spent on Xbox hardware, software and accessories reached $1.39 billion in December in the U.S.

According to Gamesindustry International, overall retail game sales in the U.S. went up two percent to $3.28 billion. Call of Duty Ghosts and Battlefield 4 were the number one and two best selling games in December, according to NPD. For 2013 as a whole, retail game sales (hardware, software and accessories) were down two percent to $12.97 billion in the U.S. and that Grand Theft Auto V was the best selling game of the year.

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TruckWEB said,
The PS4 is still sold out in all the stores around here, but you can find XBoxOne....

And people are buying it up, maybe Sony shouldn't have rushed to sell in 52 markets if they can't keep up with demand which MS can it seems.

I know, most supply chains are saying the same thing. Can't find a PS4 anywhere while Xbox ones are collecting dust on shelves.

stevan said,
I know, most supply chains are saying the same thing. Can't find a PS4 anywhere while Xbox ones are collecting dust on shelves.

No they aren't. They're being sold and restocked. Hoe do you people not understand this.

spenser.d said,

No they aren't. They're being sold and restocked. Hoe do you people not understand this.

It doesn't take much effort and googling to prove that statement wrong.

stevan said,

It doesn't take much effort and googling to prove that statement wrong.


Like how in the US xbox was so much easier to find than ps4 yet xbox outsold ps4? Is that the googling your talking about? IMO after all the stuff that happened last year ps4 should have destroyed xbox sale wise but they didnt.

Everyone needs to relax and play some games. If you honestly thought one console would dominate the other for any reason you were blinded by fanboyism. Both HAVE and ARE going to do very well.

stevan said,

It doesn't take much effort and googling to prove that statement wrong.

Then do it. Or are you all talk? The facts aren't in your favor here.

spenser.d said,

Then do it. Or are you all talk? The facts aren't in your favor here.

Facts are obviously in my favor. PS4 outsold and has been outselling Xbox Ones. Stocks of PS4 are low and the console is hard to find whereas it's opposite with the Xbox One.

stevan said,

Facts are obviously in my favor. PS4 outsold and has been outselling Xbox Ones. Stocks of PS4 are low and the console is hard to find whereas it's opposite with the Xbox One.

All you're doing is spinning those facts in your favor. The PS4 has sold more globally because it's sold in way more markets 52 vs 13, that's were the 1million advantage comes from. Also as per these NPD numbers the XB1 outsold the PS4 in the US for December, so no the PS4 hasn't been "outselling" the XB1 as per these numbers for December in the US.

As for the low stock, that's not the case everywhere. I can get a PS4 without issue in my country, so maybe Sony doesn't know how to allocate things well? Maybe they shouldn't have rushed to release it in more markets if supply is as big of an issue as some make it out to be?

Since when is good logistics and steady supply that is meeting the demand from MS a negative thing? Besides, who's to say what the global numbers would be if this was a true apples to apples comparison?

George P said,

All you're doing is spinning those facts in your favor. The PS4 has sold more globally because it's sold in way more markets 52 vs 13, that's were the 1million advantage comes from. Also as per these NPD numbers the XB1 outsold the PS4 in the US for December, so no the PS4 hasn't been "outselling" the XB1 as per these numbers for December in the US.

You can't really spin numbers though. They're always the same. Look at the sales of Xbox 360 vs pS3 in the US. 46 million vs 28 million. Huge difference. Yet worldwide the PS3 outsold the xbox by about a million.

This time around its much, much closer than that. And the markets that the xbox one hasn't been released to are certainly not bigger than the Japanese market, the HOME market for Sony.

It's too early to predict who will sell more, and even when those numbers become more obvious, both companies will still be winners because they will sell tens of millions. But the way things look currently, Sony is on course to deliver one huge ass whopping in the console war. The $100 difference will pay off Huge for them.

Please don't argue the importance of Kinect. Only blind fanboys do so. You will never see any "strictly" Kinect games in the top sales list. Those types of games are insignificant when it comes to the billion dollar releases such as GTA or COD.

TCLN Ryster said,
Wow, he talks about fanboys being blind, but the blatant fanboyism from stevan is so dazzling.

Haha towards who? I don't own anything Sony, only play COD on my 360. But thanks for your contribution to the discussion...

Not really, Sony got a good initial boost from their first production run, but with consoles running in low supply, Microsoft is going to gain some momentum (as shown by selling more during Dec). Going with more countries at launch might have actually stretched their supply chain a bit thin and might end up hurting them in the long run.

Especially with the Japan launch looming (a market Microsoft never even took a tiny piece of), most supply will be redirected there, possibly opening the other markets to Microsoft even further. With the total sales so close, the coming months might just be the break Microsoft needed.

Its all about supply and demand - most consumers probably don't have a die-hard preference between either and will simply go with whatever is currently in stock at the moment. Hence, the console with the better supply chain will have a greater chance of winning the race.

Japan launch will stretch PS4 very thin, titanfall will release and make the XboxONE even more popular (I really expect great things with this game).

As the time goes by PS4 will stretch its lead even more. You guys are forgetting that a $100 difference is a LOT in most countries outside US. Hint: it's why the iPhone doesn't sell as much overseas as it does in the states.

TBH I think your overstating the $100 difference, don't forget that this is a device that constantly costs (subscription to service for both consoles, buying games @ $60 a time. That $100 soon becomes a tiny fraction of the total spend of a device.

Now I'm sure if someone was 50/50 as to which device to buy, that $100 would be a deal swinger, but most people wont be 50/50 on what to buy, as illustrated by the intense fanboyism we see day to day on the internet, people in general have chosen sides and defend them with the kind of idealistic rational usually attributed to religious zealots. to them if they want an xbox one, they will get an xbox one and will know that the $100 is getting them an extra piece of hardware over the PS4 that will be used by developers because it is part of every sold system, it can be assumed to be there. They will also know that in the grand scheme of things, that $100 will be a tiny fraction of what they will end up sinking into their gaming hobby over the years.

duddit2 said,
TBH I think your overstating the $100 difference, don't forget that this is a device that constantly costs (subscription to service for both consoles, buying games @ $60 a time. That $100 soon becomes a tiny fraction of the total spend of a device.

Now I'm sure if someone was 50/50 as to which device to buy, that $100 would be a deal swinger, but most people wont be 50/50 on what to buy, as illustrated by the intense fanboyism we see day to day on the internet, people in general have chosen sides and defend them with the kind of idealistic rational usually attributed to religious zealots. to them if they want an xbox one, they will get an xbox one and will know that the $100 is getting them an extra piece of hardware over the PS4 that will be used by developers because it is part of every sold system, it can be assumed to be there. They will also know that in the grand scheme of things, that $100 will be a tiny fraction of what they will end up sinking into their gaming hobby over the years.

$100 is a huge difference at this moment. Besides, you should look at the gaming map that comes up for games like COD. Not so many players playing online like in the North America.

stevan said,

$100 is a huge difference at this moment. Besides, you should look at the gaming map that comes up for games like COD. Not so many players playing online like in the North America.

Not sure what to make of what you said TBH, but no its not a huge difference at all. And when you factor in the price of the abysmal eye toy thing its a non issue anyway. The difference is the kinnect is integral and will get better and better and be more and more supported with titles due to the fact that it is included with every unit sold, only time can prove me right or wrong on this though so I'll leave now.

Edited by duddit2, Jan 17 2014, 2:05pm :

duddit2 said,

Not sure what to make of what you said TBH, but no its not a huge difference at all. And when you factor in the rice of the abysmal eye toy thing its a non issue anyway. The difference is the kinnect is integral and will get better and better and be more and more supported with titles due to the fact that it is included with every unit sold, only time can prove me right or wrong on this though so I'll leave now.

The are numerous reports online about the restricted functionality of kinect as well as the facts it just doesn't work as well.

Funny, there is 25% difference between the prices of the consoles, and just as much in overall sales so far...

how you could possibly think the percentage price difference could correlate to the percentage of differing sales in any meaningful way I will never know. Anyway Ive said enough here not getting into a tit for tat argument with someone that has obvious problems with logic. bye.

duddit2 said,
how you could possibly think the percentage price difference could correlate to the percentage of differing sales in any meaningful way I will never know. Anyway Ive said enough here not getting into a tit for tat argument with someone that has obvious problems with logic. bye.

Relax and read. It's why I started the sentence with "funny"....

stevan said,
As the time goes by PS4 will stretch its lead even more. You guys are forgetting that a $100 difference is a LOT in most countries outside US. Hint: it's why the iPhone doesn't sell as much overseas as it does in the states.

that's a horrible comparison. almost half of all console sales are US+UK. the phone market is entirely different.

and if price was the determining factor, then the wii u would be running away with the lead,not slashing forcasts from 9 million to 2.8

vcfan said,

that's a horrible comparison. almost half of all console sales are US+UK. the phone market is entirely different.

and if price was the determining factor, then the wii u would be running away with the lead,not slashing forcasts from 9 million to 2.8

Most of the iPhone sales also come from the US and the UK. The cheaper androids are sold mainly in countries where subsidies don't exist and where income is much lower. I think it's a very fair and similar comparison.

Nintendo has been very insignificant in the console market lately. They have always catered to a different kind of a gamer. I always though it was stupid to put them in the same league with Sony and Microsoft.

stevan said,

..... I always though it was stupid to put them in the same league with Sony and Microsoft. ......

Perhaps. Sad that they're in the Tiger electronics league now though.

stevan said,

Most of the iPhone sales also come from the US and the UK. The cheaper androids are sold mainly in countries where subsidies don't exist and where income is much lower.

theres no disputing that, but that's not my point. apple may be huge in the U.S, but the U.S is not as big in the phone market as it is in the console market. you can see that although apple may have a huge marketshare in the U.S, worldwide they are nearing single digit marketshare, whereas in the console market, the U.S is a much bigger chunk of total sales,and pricing outside this market will have a smaller effect than in the phone business.

I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that the PS4 will be the top selling console in Japan during its second month (first is a given).

vcfan said,
xbox platform holds 46% of console sales in the U.S in December.

Damn.

Microsoft should probably get rid of their Xbox division...

Fritzly said,
Not that I particularly care, I play on PCs, but market share and profitability are two very distinct parameters.

Yes, but with market share, regardless of profitability, comes brand recognition and popularity, which is also important. It'll help push their One ecosystem.

Fritzly said,
Not that I particularly care, I play on PCs, but market share and profitability are two very distinct parameters.

well, the console is making money right out of the gate, but they are spending a lot on marketing.

spenser.d said,

Yes, but with market share, regardless of profitability, comes brand recognition and popularity, which is also important. It'll help push their One ecosystem.


well said, exactly like google does with their ecosystem and android. 3 services makes everybody buy android, google maps, google search and youtube.

Three cheers for Microsoft's logistics. They've been able to keep their console flowing through and are really doing their best to get this thing on the shelves.

I think most people expected this in the US. The question is how long can they maintain a lead over Sony at least in the US. The longer they remain in fewer markets than the PS4 the more important maintaining their lead in the US will be.

I know the numbers for January are going to drop but I wonder how much they will drop compared to how much the PS4 drops.

even if their sales start to fall due to the high price, i'd imagine a price cut will boost the sales up again. I know a ton of people are waiting on a cheaper kinect-less sku. Like a ton, ton of people.

aviator189 said,
even if their sales start to fall due to the high price, i'd imagine a price cut will boost the sales up again. I know a ton of people are waiting on a cheaper kinect-less sku. Like a ton, ton of people.

yeah but they will probably be waiting a long time. Just like Nintendo with the gamepad the Kinect is an integral part of the system for Microsoft this time around. They won't get rid of it.

aviator189 said,
even if their sales start to fall due to the high price, i'd imagine a price cut will boost the sales up again. I know a ton of people are waiting on a cheaper kinect-less sku. Like a ton, ton of people.

Given the staggering amount of sales, why would they even bother considering a Kinect-less Xbox? There's no reason to do so. The price of current hardware will come down in time and people will be able to buy the Xbox cheaper and it will still come with a Kinect. No sense in fragmenting the market when the market is buying the product as is.

aviator189 said,
even if their sales start to fall due to the high price, i'd imagine a price cut will boost the sales up again. I know a ton of people are waiting on a cheaper kinect-less sku. Like a ton, ton of people.

Its highly possible they will dramatically reduce price through subsidizing and bundling with cable TV providers under contract just like the way we buy smartphones less than half the price. However, I don't think they will give up on kinect. if you think about it, it make sense because play station eyes will never be used because its add-on. It will be a dead thing so is the light behind each controller simply because no one has play station eyes. and its hard to convince people to buy it. but because kinect comes with the console it has so much potential in the future.

I did personally, yet I think the majority of people expected sony.

Certainly the vast majority of neowin posts have been about how sony sold more (but I take these posts with a pinch of salt)