GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has revealed that its Xbox One was the best selling games console in the US during December, outselling Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4).
Perhaps surprisingly, the Xbox 360 also moved a decent number of units, meaning that Microsoft holds both first and third positions on the NPD Group's ranking tables.
According to NPD's figures 908,000 Xbox One units were sold in the US in December, along with 643,000 Xbox 360 units. The Xbox 360 sales put Microsoft in pole position on the last generation games hardware tables. So the short version is that December was a good month for Microsoft and people who wanted a Microsoft games console.
"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," said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft corporate VP of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox. "Our journey is just starting, with more innovation, games and entertainment coming in 2014 and far beyond."
The past year has been rather good to Microsoft. Having sat on the Xbox 360 for more than half a decade it released its follow-up Xbox One in November.
This, plus other things including the releases of high profile games, gave it the sort of 2013 that encourages marketing people to crow.
Indeed, earlier this month Mehdi told the world about what a bountiful year it was for Microsoft, explaining that it sold more than three million Xbox One games consoles before the end of the year.
It said, "It's been incredible to see Xbox One selling at a record-setting pace for Xbox, and we were honored to see Xbox One become the fastest-selling console in the US during our launch month in November," he said.
"Since our launch, demand for Xbox One has been strong, selling out throughout the holidays at most retailers worldwide."
Punters spent $1.4bn on Xbox stuff in December. µ
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