December NPD: Xbox One Tops, 3DS Is The Winner In 2013
Until Sony releases exact figures for the PlayStation 4, this is all we have to go on.
The NPD US sales data for December has been released, and Microsoft says the Xbox One was the top-selling console for the month, selling an impressive 908,000 units.
The Xbox 360 was third with 643,000 consoles sold, which led "last-gen hardware," according to Microsoft. The NPD adds that while the Nintendo 3DS topped the overall hardware sales for December 2013 and for the year overall, the Xbox One led on a "dollars basis" due to its $500 price tag. Microsoft claimed "50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the US," as the two Xbox platforms raked in $1.39 billion. As for total US spending, that came in at "just under $2.4 billion."
In regards to the PS4 vs. Xbox One race, the NPD clarified that the PS4's two-month total (November and December) makes it the best selling console during that time period. We all remember the news that Sony had moved 4.2 million PS4 units worldwide, while the Xbox One came in at 3 million. Obviously, though, we all knew Microsoft's system would fare best in the US, even if the PS4 did very well.
Even Nintendo had a decent month in December; the industry really rebounded. Let's hope that 2014 is an up year for everyone!
1/16/2014 10:24:10 PM Ben Dutka