In the battle for new-generation console dominance, Sony and Microsoft have claimed their new hardware was the best-selling and fastest-selling, respectively, during the month of November in the United States.
Calling the PlayStation 4 launch "one for the record books," PlayStation brand marketing senior VP Guy Longworth said Sony's new console came in first in overall sales for home consoles last month.
"This afternoon we learned from market research firm NPD Group that PS4 was the top-selling console for November and PlayStation was #1 in sales overall for home consoles," Longworth wrote on the PlayStation Blog. "This news comes on the heels of yesterday's confirmation that the PS4 launch is the biggest ever in the history of game consoles."
In a separate announcement posted to Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced it sold 909,132 Xbox One units in November, making it "the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S." Over the course of the nine day reporting period, Xbox One sold more than 100,000 consoles per day on average, "significantly outpacing the nearest competitor," according to Microsoft.
Both Microsoft and Sony cited NPD in their announcements, though Sony declined to provide sales data for PS4.
Previously, the two companies were quick to publicly announce that their respective consoles had each sold more than one million units on launch day alone. Earlier this month, Sony announced it had sold 2.1 million PS4 consoles worldwide. The following week, Microsoft said Xbox One passed the 2 million mark in 18 days on the market.
Nintendo of America also announced sales of its video game hardware for November, saying today that the Nintendo 3DS family sold more than 770,000 units last month and that Wii U sales "increased by more than 340 percent over sales in October." Nintendo 3DS lifetime sales in the U.S. stand at more than 10 million, Nintendo said.
Nintendo also announced that Wii U title Super Mario 3D World sold more than 215,000 copies across physical and digital sales.
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