While exact NPD numbers aren’t available quite yet, we now know that the Xbox One outsold the PlayStation 4 in December 2017. This is according to Head of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg, who claims that not only did the Xbox One outsell the PS4 in December 2017, but the console enjoyed its highest-ever sales for any December ever.
As for why the Xbox One managed to outsell the PS4, Greenberg points to the launch of the Xbox One X. Microsoft’s ultra-powerful and expensive console has proven to be surprisingly popular, and while exact sales figures aren’t available, the company has labeled its launch a success.
Even with the Xbox One selling more consoles in December 2017 than it ever has before, though, it was still outperformed by the Nintendo Switch. According to Greenberg, Nintendo’s handheld/home console hybrid managed to outsell both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to be named the best-selling video game console for December overall.
Was trying to just thank folks for supporting us and the incredible success following the launch of Xbox One X. But yes Xbox outsold PS4 in December for Gen 8 consoles according to NPD data, while Nintendo also had a great month as Switch had most overall units.
— Aaron Greenberg