According to NPD Group's retail sales numbers for the month of December, Xbox One was the top-selling console in the U.S., moving right around 908,000 units. The Xbox 360 came in third with roughly 643,000 units sold.
"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," commented corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi.
Sony's senior director of corporate communications, Dan Race said in response to the news that "PlayStation 4 remains the cumulative leader for next gen console sales in the US since the launch on November 15." Earlier this month Sony said its global sales of PS4 for 2013 were 4.2 million units, compared with 3 million sales for Xbox One.
"We sold every PS4 available at retail in the US and were out of stock in December due to overwhelming consumer demand. With more than 4.2 million PS4 systems sold worldwide, it's clear that the PS4's gaming and entertainment features are resonating with large audiences and we're doing our best to provide additional inventory in all of the 53 countries where it's available," added Race.
"Xbox One led consoles sales in December, while PS4's two-month total makes it the best selling console during the two-month launch window," NPD's Liam Callaghan noted. "Hardware sales of the Wii U were also positive with December 2013 marking its highest month for unit sales month so far."
Sales of Xbox One and PS4 helped push total console hardware sales up more than 50 percent over December 2012. When including handheld platforms the 3DS was the overall top-seller, although Callaghan notest that the Xbox One's $499.99 price tag makes it the leader on an "annual hardware sales on a dollars basis."