Xbox One Has Best US Sales Month Ever in December 2015

"2015 was a tremendous year for gamers, and we're looking forward to making 2016 an even better one."

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Although the PS4 was the top-selling console in the US for December 2015 and the full year, according to NPD data, Microsoft's Xbox One closed out the year on a strong note as well.

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In a statement to GameSpot, Microsoft's Mike Nichols said December 2015 was the Xbox One's best month on record in terms of system sales in the US and "Xbox Live global engagement."

"The total number of hours spent gaming on Xbox One worldwide nearly doubled compared to December 2014 and Xbox One exclusive game sales in the U.S. between July and December 2015 were up 61 percent compared to the same period in 2014," Nichols said.

Microsoft did not share any specifics sales numbers for Xbox One consoles or games--and the company doesn't plan to in the future. By comparison, Sony sold 5.7 million PS4s and 35 million games for it during the holiday season worldwide, bringing the console's new sales tally to 35.9 million units.

Some of Microsoft's big Xbox One exclusives, or timed exclusives, for the timeframe mentioned above included Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Rare Replay, and Gears of War Ultimate Edition.

In addition, the Xbox Store's multi-week "Countdown" event performed well, breaking records with 69 percent year-over-year revenue growth compared to 2014's sale period.

"With an incredible catalog of first-party and third-party games on Xbox One and available through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, 2015 was a tremendous year for gamers, and we're looking forward to making 2016 an even better one," Nichols said.

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