During the last holiday season, Microsoft won the console battle, beating the rival, Sony. The Xbox One surpassed the PlayStation 4 in terms of sales, but the duo have helped to raise the hardware market by over 50% compared to that of 2012 during the same time span, saying the NPD Group.
According to data released by the firm, the Xbox One topped the chart with 908,000 units sold in the US, in December. While, the predecessor, the Xbox 360 continued its momentum with 643,000 units sold.
Now, Microsoft owns 46% of the overall hardware market in the country. However, Sony responded slightly different on figures. The Japanese manufacturer has reiterated that over 4.2 million units already sold around the globe without leading in the U.S. since its launch.
“We sold every PS4 available at retail in the U.S. and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand.” Sony spokesperson Dan Race said in a statement provided to GamesBeat.
Although, the best-selling console was the Nintendo 3DS in December, and even the Nintendo Wii just had its best month, although there are no data revealed in this regard. As per reports, Consumers spent most of their money on hardware products. Six of the ten best-selling titles are developed for Xbox One, but the sales of games cracked down by 17%.
Specifically, the most popular game was Call of Duty: Ghosts in December, followed by Battlefield 4, Just Dance 2014, Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14. In sixth place Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, followed by GTA 4, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, FIFA 14 and Skylanders: Swap Force.
In general, between software titles and hardware platforms, the U.S. customers spent 3.28 billion dollars during Christmas, a figure growing by 2% compared to 3.21 billion at the end of 2012.