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Xbox One reigns supreme in December

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ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO!

I hope you guys had a great Christmas. With even better gifts, unlike me. Honestly, who gives out socks. Hot damn, I hate socks so much. Over in the US of A, the Xbox One strategy of cutting the price of the console had a surprisingly effective result, as the latest sales results paint a rosy picture for the massive black box.

According to Microsoft and the latest NPD data, the Xbox One took the top spot from the PlayStation 4 again, outpacing it for a second consecutive month as the best selling console in the USA. Sales results also gave the Xbox One a lead over the Xbox 360 as it surged ahead with 50% more units sold than the precursor console in a similar point in its lifecycle. To celebrate, Microsoft is cutting the Xbox One price again, back to $350

According to the NPD data, Xbox One and Xbox 360 users also logged in a combined 8 billion hours across consoles, while the Xbox One also sold more games than any other platform throughout November and December. During the November 24 to January 3 period, players also spent more time than ever just playing games, in the entire history of Xbox. I most likely count for half of those hours, as my pantsless ass was firmly glued to my chair and various consoles during my vacation.

As for games, it looks like the Halo 5: Guardians beta has done well. 18 million games have been played in the beta so far, while I’ve died horribly in all of them. The NPD will have more data on the way soon to show off how Nintendo and Sony did. Here’s a video of Xboss Phil Spencer looking deservedly smug, in the meantime.

Last Updated: January 16, 2015

86 Comments

  1. This is where business strategies make sense in gaming. When it comes to releasing unfinished games…not so much.

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  2. Admiral Chief

    January 16, 2015 at 08:41

    Good. Drive up the competition, drop the price, yessss

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  3. Mandom (Umar)

    January 16, 2015 at 08:42

    Orange mocha frappacchino!! The one thing that helps me sort through important issues

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    • Captain JJ Saga

      January 16, 2015 at 08:42

      Haha.

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  4. Kensei Seraph

    January 16, 2015 at 08:44

    I only opened this article to read the header text.
    I’m disappointed but I guess I may as well read the article now.

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 16, 2015 at 08:48

      Why? Derek was delusion in thinking that an orange mocha frappacchino would make him not seem like a model idiot. Xbone shares in that delusion πŸ˜€

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 08:49

        Who is Derek?

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        • Mandom (Umar)

          January 16, 2015 at 08:49

          Zoolander

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        • Jaded_Reprobate

          January 16, 2015 at 08:49

          who knows… but apparently a good frap helps him

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 16, 2015 at 08:50

          Dereck Zoolander?

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 16, 2015 at 08:58

        That’s why I prefer the plain coffee flavoured frappuccinos.

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        • Admiral Chief

          January 16, 2015 at 08:59

          Misread as fappuccino and nearly spat out my coffee

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          • ToshZA

            January 16, 2015 at 09:17

            Hey this is Trev – it’s entirely possible he’d write something like that.

          • Admiral Chief

            January 16, 2015 at 09:18

            Indeed

    • The D

      January 16, 2015 at 08:49

      I did leave a small bonus in the tags for the story at the bottom for you.

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      • Kensei Seraph

        January 16, 2015 at 08:50

        I keep forgetting to check the tags.

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  5. ToshZA

    January 16, 2015 at 08:47

    “More time playing games than any other console.”

    Eish, PS4 fanboys are going to RAGE!

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 16, 2015 at 08:55

      Why?

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 16, 2015 at 08:56

        Are you classifying yourself as a fawrboi?

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        • Hammersteyn

          January 16, 2015 at 08:59

          Used to be, but I’ve outgrown it.

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          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 09:01

            See, you should have gotten the Xbox – it’s so big you’ll never outgrow it.

          • Hammersteyn

            January 16, 2015 at 09:03

            Need a bigger house.

          • ToshZA

            January 16, 2015 at 09:16

            LOL!

      • ToshZA

        January 16, 2015 at 08:56

        Who knows, but this is the internet, and on the internet there are console wars, and any time one console is lauded over another, they rage like their milk and cookies were just stolen from out of their hungry, thirsty hands.

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 16, 2015 at 08:59

          PC is still da bes! MONSTER RACE!

          Did I do that right?

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          • Hammersteyn

            January 16, 2015 at 09:00

            bestestestest

          • Admiral Chief

            January 16, 2015 at 09:00

            I think foxhoundr should come out of retirement

          • Hammersteyn

            January 16, 2015 at 09:03

            Indeed, where is Banana I mean foxy

          • Jaded_Reprobate

            January 16, 2015 at 09:05

            Foxxy?

            (refresh)

          • Hammersteyn

            January 16, 2015 at 09:05

            LOL

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 09:01

            WINNA! πŸ˜€

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 09:01

            Nah, it’s “MASTER RACE!” not “MONSTER RACE!” and you need to include a picture to show your vigor.

            Something like this would do I think:
            http://i.imgur.com/QQo8Lr2.png

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            January 16, 2015 at 09:02

            Not since the Evolve article where they called PC the monster race. It sounds better to me.

          • Hammersteyn

            January 16, 2015 at 09:03

            It’s because it’s a monster price for that edition

          • Kensei Seraph

            January 16, 2015 at 09:05

            I must have missed that article.
            Or just automatically corrected it to master race.

            Sort of like how some people can raed tihs and uednranstd it.

    • Jaded_Reprobate

      January 16, 2015 at 08:58

      i don’t understand fanboys…. i’m a fan of gaming…. the 4 just happens to be my weapon of choice at the moment….

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      • Admiral Chief

        January 16, 2015 at 09:00

        Firing 556 instead of 50cal?
        (while 556 is a good round, don’t get me wrong, at least I didn’t say .22)

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        • Jaded_Reprobate

          January 16, 2015 at 09:01

          it’s not the size… it’s how you use it………………………………….. Apparently

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          • Admiral Chief

            January 16, 2015 at 09:01

            XD

        • Quo Vadis?

          January 16, 2015 at 09:52

          wait, 5.56 or 223? πŸ˜‰

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  6. Jaded_Reprobate

    January 16, 2015 at 08:48

    if we could see something close to that price point here… i might consider getting the Bone…

    but i doubt we will… so i’ll stick to just 1 console for now

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  7. theseasonswither

    January 16, 2015 at 08:49

    I happen to think socks absolutely rock.
    Who the f*ck likes cold ankles?

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  8. Hammersteyn

    January 16, 2015 at 08:50

    Header is funny because the XBOX reveal was as silly as the gasoline fight the header leads up to.

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    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 16, 2015 at 08:53

      Earth to MS…YOU SUCK πŸ˜›

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      • ToshZA

        January 16, 2015 at 08:54

        Apparently not. Numbers don’t lie πŸ˜‰

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        • Kensei Seraph

          January 16, 2015 at 08:59

          I was once shown mathematical proof that 1 = 0.
          I’ve spent many an hour trying to remember how it went but I can’t remember it.
          I did work on the 2nd half of the proof that every number is equal to every other number just so I could use it in a maths exam and then have x = 1 as the answer to every question.
          Although now that I think about it that could backfire and the same proof could be used to say that the 100% I would have been given is equal to the 0% on the report…

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  9. Hammersteyn

    January 16, 2015 at 08:51

    I got socks, you can always use more socks

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  10. Jac7

    January 16, 2015 at 08:54

    Good on them, but I am profoundly happy with my PS4 I purchased in December. Holy smokes, what a machine. What a controller! Shadow of Mordor kept me busy for many an hour. The photo mode is awesome. The Last of us Remastered in 60 faps is breathtakingly time-consuming awesome. Sony ftw!

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  11. Hammersteyn

    January 16, 2015 at 08:54

    Sooooooooo bring out the slim line X1 already.

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    • ToshZA

      January 16, 2015 at 08:54

      This.

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    • Admiral Chief

      January 16, 2015 at 08:55

      Just include the power adapter…

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  12. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 16, 2015 at 08:55

    A pantsless ass glued to the chair? O_o

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  13. Mandom (Umar)

    January 16, 2015 at 08:56

    This stats just make me farty and bloated

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 16, 2015 at 08:57

      Phil Spencers smug face makes me hate the stereo typical American even more.

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  14. Hammersteyn

    January 16, 2015 at 08:56

    Of course it would reign supreme after how many price drops? If memory servers XBOX One is now cheaper than the PS4. Regardless the PS4 still sold 4 million consoles

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    • Zach Dolbeare

      January 16, 2015 at 18:31

      1 price drop, 1 unbundle

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  15. Pieter Kruger

    January 16, 2015 at 09:01

    Well done MS and Xbox One! Your strategy for 2015 should be to simply replace every Sony store closing down with an MS store! ????

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 16, 2015 at 09:05

      They can start in Japan O_o, also enjoy

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      • Skyblue

        January 16, 2015 at 16:52

        This is the only Evil Craig

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    • Jonah Cash

      January 16, 2015 at 09:05

      Or just keep on selling your system at a loss!!! That seems to work even better!!

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      • ToshZA

        January 16, 2015 at 09:18

        Sony did it with their PS3 for its entire life span. Worked for them. πŸ˜€

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        • Jonah Cash

          January 16, 2015 at 09:19

          But Sony doesn’t have to this time around!! They own the ONE still in sales!! MS wont even split 360 and XO… Says it all

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          • Pieter Kruger

            January 16, 2015 at 10:14

            Surely it says “Xbox One”? The only place “combined” is used is with hours played?

          • Jonah Cash

            January 16, 2015 at 11:11

            Sorry I meant to clarify. I mean in overall console sales…. Sorry man, long weird week!!

      • Pieter Kruger

        January 16, 2015 at 09:55

        MS deciding to drop the Kinect enabled them to drop their price. I think both are selling at a slight loss now, or breaking even at the very best, but MS has the funds to absorb these losses. Sony is forced once again to close stores to cut on expenses (largely due to the gaming division being the only profitable division and sadly having to carry the dead weight!). Expect Sony’s financial woes to continue with the whole hacking of Sony Pictures and various pending lawsuits!

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        • Jonah Cash

          January 16, 2015 at 11:14

          Didn’t that movie take a record for the amount of people who watched it online? Also I read yesterday that they might begin to close or sell the divisions that don’t make money… Which is a no brainer to me!! They also split their divisions a bit, so I think their gaming side can take quite a loss or two without ringing alarm bells everywhere. I like the fact that MS has started focusing on the XO as a game console again, I will own one when they slim it down and drop the price some more πŸ™‚

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          • Pieter Kruger

            January 16, 2015 at 11:25

            Yes that movie made a ton of cash but they’re being sued by a Korean singer for using her song without permission so expect a lot of that money to go towards a settlement! Also with the courts ruling that the Killzone lawsuit can move forward it seems Sony will be spending a lot of time and money in court in mear future. The whole hacking debacle is also still going to cost them. Apparently staff salary details were leaked and the staff is now using this to arm wrestle Sony for higher salaries!

          • Jonah Cash

            January 19, 2015 at 07:43

            Well Apple is in court in almost every country that sells iPhones and they aren’t doing too badly. Look either way, companies have insurance for these type of things. It will cost them some money, but I think the gaming side of Sony is quite strong money wise. And with them having split the rest from it, I don’t see a problem rising at all.

  16. RinceThis

    January 16, 2015 at 09:33

    Well it makes sense doesn’t it? Everyone already has a PS4 trololo

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    • Pieter Kruger

      January 16, 2015 at 09:45

      Then who’s buying the Xbox Ones? Disgruntled PS4 owners? And sales stats would then also suggest that those same people prefer multiplat games on the Xbox One surely?
      Edit: Trololo

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      • RinceThis

        January 16, 2015 at 09:59

        The kiddies who bought Nintendo and don’t have the adaptor?

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  17. CAE9872

    January 16, 2015 at 09:43

    Now is it time for Sony to drop the price of PS4?

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    • Pieter Kruger

      January 16, 2015 at 09:56

      They cannot afford to, it’s the only thing that is keeping Sony in the black sadly! Maybe they could develop a “slim” model, using slightly more cost effective parts or something?

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  18. HairyEwok

    January 16, 2015 at 09:48

    My console would do great too if it streamed porn so well.

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  19. DrKiller

    January 16, 2015 at 10:26

    I find it weird that they are still comparing monthly console sales.. Surely if you already have a PS4, you won’t buy another one? Or am I the only person buying a console only once?

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    • Brady miaau

      January 16, 2015 at 10:27

      Ah, but the article is about more than just buying. It seems to be also be about using

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      • DrKiller

        January 16, 2015 at 10:28

        They are not considering load shedding πŸ˜›

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