Xbox One Rated U.S.'s Top-Selling Console in December
Microsoft's big all-in-one bet on home entertainment pays off for the company during the 2013 holiday season.Holiday shoppers scooped up Microsoft's latest Xbox gaming hardware, according to sales figures compiled by market research firm NPD Group. Soon after NPD released its findings, the company announced that it had sold 908,000 Xbox One consoles in December, enough for Microsoft to claim the top spot for the month. And the hardware's predecessor wasn't too far behind. Buoyed by "strong momentum," 643,000 Xbox 360 units were sold last month, "putting it in the number three spot overall, and [in the] lead for last-generation hardware." "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 Xbox Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi in a statement. "Our journey is just starting, with more innovation, games and entertainment coming in 2014 and far beyond." The 2013 holiday season was kind to video game makers, according to VentureBeat's Jeffrey Grubb. "Gamers spent $3.28 billion on new physical games and hardware in December, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That's up 2 percent from $3.21 billion in 2012," he noted in his report.
The industry also saw a healthy gain in hardware sales, thanks, in part, to new systems from Microsoft and Sony, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, respectively. "As in November, hardware was where consumers were putting their money as they swooped up another $1.37 billion in new consoles. That's up 28 percent from $1.07 billion in 2012," wrote Grubb.