One for the money: Microsoft's Xbox One back at number one in the US and UK after one long year

The Xbox One outsells the PS4 for the first time since December 2013
Microsoft's Xbox One back at number one in the US and UK after one long year

After having being pummelled all year long by the Sony PS4, the Xbox One finally lands a blow on its bitter rival, posting 1.2 million sales in the US alone and taking the podium in the UK as well.

It has been a year since the Xbox One outsold the PS4. Coming on the back of month in which Microsoft announced hitting the landmark of 10 million consoles sold - or rather, shipped to dealers - it seems the two-pronged effect of an indefinite price cut as well as a steady release of A-list titles such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for the Xbox One certainly helped boost sales. Microsoft’s devices and studios chief Yusuf Mehdi admits that "sales have skyrocketed since the new price took effect... Compared to the previous week, Xbox One sales in the US have more than tripled."

The Xbox Vice President of marketing, Mike Nichols, confirmed Microsoft's hard-earned win, saying "November set a new record for sales of Xbox One, and Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US and UK."

It’s an amazing feat when you consider that both companies managed to sell at least 10 million units each on their part in pretty much less than a year. Liam Callahan, from research company NPD Group commented that, "cumulative PS4 and Xbox One sales are now almost 80 percent higher than the combined total of PS3 and Xbox 360 sales after 13 months on the market."

The year 2014 was undoubtedly the year of the PS4. Will Sony make it two for two come 2015, or will the Xbox start off on a hot streak of its own? It’s hard to tell. Let the platform games begin proper this time!

Source: Gamespot, The Verge