Microsoft: Highest Xbox One December Console Share Ever in the US

Microsoft: Highest Xbox One December Console Share Ever in the US - News

by William D'Angelo, posted on 11 January 2018 / 4,471 Views

Aaron Greenberg, Head of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft, revealed that NPD reports the Xbox One in the US had the highest December console share ever.

It is likely the Xbox One was not the best-selling console for the month, as Greenberg would have likely made that announcement.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments

AlfredoTurkey (on 11 January 2018)

So, they're basically saying that they lost December but by the smallest margin yet?


Walbert (on 11 January 2018)

Probably came 3rd behind the Switch as well.


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Johnw1104 (on 11 January 2018)

Given the Switch is on fire as well now, it's actually pretty darn impressive that they had their largest market share yet. I think the Xbox 1 X is catching on more than many of us expected.


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IkePoR (on 11 January 2018)

Johnw1104 - Its it's first - and probably only relevant - holiday. I doubt it keeping up for long after this.


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Errorist76 (on 12 January 2018)

Im pretty sure hes just talking about revenue, which isnt surprising given the fact they had a 189,- console and a new console launch for 499,-


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DirtyP2002 (on 12 January 2018)

1st Nintendo Switch, 2nd Xbox One, 3rd PS4. Not by revenue, but units sold.


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Errorist76 (on 12 January 2018)

Dirty P2002 Globally in the US. First year XBox didn't win one NPD!


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Bandorr (on 11 January 2018)

I'm not sure I understand what "highest xbox one December console share ever" means.


Branko2166 (on 11 January 2018)

Relative to the other consoles. It has always lagged behind, so I'm guessing it got closer than ever before but still sold fewer consoles compared to Sony.


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barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

@Branko

Well the Xbox has won in December before, so it makes the tale even more confusing.


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Sixteenvolt420 (on 11 January 2018)

Once again we need a special linguist, to decipher what message, they're truly trying to get across.


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Cerebralbore101 (on 11 January 2018)

Pepsi cola had the highest number of enjoyer from 9am to 12pm, by werewolves on the east coast, and some parts of California, by a margin of 1 to -5!


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Hiku (on 11 January 2018)

@barneystinson69 During a time when WiiU probably sold less than Switch did now, so that's even more confusing.


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Errorist76 (on 12 January 2018)

Typical deceptive wording. Im pretty sure share in his mind again means revenue in comparison to the other console makers, just like he reported in November.


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CGI-Quality (on 11 January 2018)

Switch > XB1 > PS4. Just confirmed by Greenburg.


Ryng_Tolu (on 11 January 2018)

Usual Greenberg PR, nothing to see there...


Random_Matt (on 11 January 2018)

"looking forward to a big 2018!" Which is?


DirtyP2002 (on 12 January 2018)

December NPD Sales Dec NPD PS4 : 1,300,000 NSW: 1,450,000 XB1: 1,375,000 Switch won December followed by Xb1.


BraLoD (on 11 January 2018)

Hm... what?


LivingMetal (on 11 January 2018)

...globally.


barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

What? So does this mean they won by a huge margin, or they lost but barely?


trunkswd (on 11 January 2018)

If they were #1 they would have likely said it.


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barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

Yeah, but how can you have the best share for December even and still lose if they have won before with "less share". Couldn't he have just said it sold the most for December or something?


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trunkswd (on 11 January 2018)

He could mean revenue as the Xbox One X is $500 or he isn't including the Switch. So it is just X1 vs PS4 while before it was X1 vs PS4 vs Wii U.


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barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

The revenue angle isn't likely (Xbox One was 499 in 2013 and sold over a million units). But the Switch angle could be possible.


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barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

And do NPD results get released today?


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trunkswd (on 11 January 2018)

I believe they won't be released until next Thursday, unless one of the big three releases figures.


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barneystinson69 (on 11 January 2018)

Isnt it usually the second Thursday of the month?


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VAMatt (on 13 January 2018)

Good for MS. I hope sales of X1 are going well enough to keep MS in the console business. Gaming needs more competition, not less.


Tulipanzo (on 11 January 2018)

tfw you definitely sold really well


bettergetdave (on 12 January 2018)

But Aaron...Phil told us what really matters to MS going forward is not # of units sold but the # of active subscriptions to Live...at least I am sure that is until they starting selling better then it becomes important again!


Errorist76 (on 14 January 2018)

How Soon Is Now
Actual enhanced games on Pro: 225+
Actual enhanced games on X1X: 80
50% of those DF videos show the Pro is performing better. 1X only wins on resolution.


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Errorist76 (on 14 January 2018)

Sorry Dave.. wrong post.


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CartBlanche (on 11 January 2018)

I suppose when the competition are announcing incredible/record world wide sales numbers, you have to find a silver lining in something! Like the market where Xbox dominated last gen, but now when it does well in 1 month out of 12, it must be highlighted and celebrated to appease the fans and shareholders.


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adisababa (on 11 January 2018)

It just means that they sold a lot of Xbox One X consoles during the month, these high price machines drove their revenue by a lot giving them the biggest share in December. Remember 1 X unit is the equivalent of 2 and a half PS4 units in terms of revenue which means that they sold fewer units than the PS4 but gained more money because of the X. All in all that's great news for the Xbox One X, it just needs games that use its powers to the fullest though, EXCLUSIVE GAMES.


Errorist76 (on 12 January 2018)

They didnt gain more money when they were essentially were selling both consoles at a loss. Revenue is not the same as profit. Still they find a way to twist it so it sounds like good PR.


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How_Soon_Is_Now (on 13 January 2018)

It already has games that use it's power to the fullest, just check every single Digital Foundry comparison video over the past 2 months! lol
I'll take 500+ games being improved over 4-5 actual AAA exclusive titles any day, but then such is the beauty of owning both consoles.. :)


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Errorist76 (on 14 January 2018)

How Soon Is Now
Actual enhanced games on Pro: 225+
Actual enhanced games on X1X: 80
50% of those DF videos show the Pro is performing better. 1X only wins on resolution.


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