November 2013 proved to be an exciting month for console gaming thanks in no small part to the news making launches of two brand new consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While the PS4 claimed sales mastery over the Xbox One during its first few weeks on the market, December painted a different story.
With a full month of retail sales behind it, the Xbox One was able to pull ahead of the PS4 with no fewer than 908,000 consoles sold. Additionally, Microsoft reveals that it secured "50 percent of the combined software, hardware, and accessories spend in the U.S." with the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms last month. On a global basis, the PS4 still leads with an estimated 4.2 million consoles sold compared to the 3 million Xbox Ones as of December 28th, 2013.
The elephant in the room remains the 3DS, which according to NPD not only topped sales for game devices in December, but 2013 as a whole. If you suspect Pokemon X and Y had something to do with that, you guessed right: Nintendo confirms that sales for the games reached 3 million units combined, with X slightly beating Y (1.63 versus 1.54 million, respectively). Nintendo last week boasted that the install base for the handheld reached 11.5 million in the U.S. alone.
While the Wii U hasn't been quite the media darling in terms of console hardware sales, NPD notes that December 2013 was the console's best month yet.
NPD's software top ten wasn't terribly shaken up last month compared to November, with the exception of LEGO Marvel Super Heroes making a triumphant return at Disney Infinity's expense. It's also worth noting that the Xbox One versions of many of the top multiplatform titles (including Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4) managed to outsell the PS4 versions last month, unlike November.
|1.||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Activision||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC||11/2013|
|2.||Battlefield 4||Electronic Arts||PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|3.||Just Dance 2014||Ubisoft||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii||10/2013|
|4.||Madden NFL 25||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360||08/2013|
|5.||NBA 2K14||2K Games||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / PC||10/2013|
|6.||Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Ubisoft||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U||10/2013|
|7.||Grand Theft Auto V||Rockstar Games||PS3 / Xbox 360||09/2013|
|8.||LEGO Marvel Super Heroes||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment||PS4 / Xbox One / PS3 / Xbox 360 / Wii U / PC / 3DS / Vita||10/2013|
|9.||FIFA 14||Electronic Arts||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Vita||09/2013|
|10.||Skylanders SWAP Force||Activision Blizzard||PS4 / PS3 / Xbox One / Xbox 360 / Wii U / Wii / 3DS||10/2013|