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Xbox One Outsold PlayStation 4 In December, But The Nintendo Switch Was Back On Top

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The December 2017 report of the NPD Group, which monitors the performance of the video game industry, is not yet out.

However, the rankings is already known in terms console sales over the holiday season, with the Nintendo Switch on top followed by the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

The Nintendo Switch, which was recently crowned as the fastest-selling video game console in U.S. history, ended 2017 with strong momentum that will likely propel it to a similar success in 2018.

Xbox One Beats PS4, But Nintendo Switch Reclaims Throne

In a tweet, Xbox Head of Marketing Aaron Greenberg revealed some of the contents of the NPD Group's December 2017 report.

Greenberg, in a follow-up tweet, then revealed that the Xbox One and Xbox One X outsold the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro in December. He added that it was the Nintendo Switch that sold the most overall units for the month.

The Xbox One's victory over the PlayStation 4 in December could be considered a surprising one, especially after the PlayStation 4 set its all-time monthly sales record in November. The Nintendo Switch topped the hardware sales charts until October, but the PlayStation 4 apparently seized momentum right before the holiday season.

Who would have thought that the following month, over the lucrative holiday shopping season, the PlayStation 4 would drop to third place behind the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One?

Nintendo Switch Looks To Continue Success Into 2018

Total PlayStation 4 sales were predicted to reach 100 million units in 2019, but 2018 is shaping up to be another successful year for the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch sales target for 2018 is 20 million units, a figure that now looks even more achievable. While the exact sales figures for December 2017 are still unknown, the momentum is definitely with the Nintendo Switch heading into 2018.

In the recently released Nintendo Direct Mini presentation, Nintendo revealed some of the things that Nintendo Switch owners can expect this year. These include games such as The World Ends With You: Final Remix, Kirby Star Allies, and Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition, and updates for titles like Super Mario Odyssey and Pokken Tournament DX.

The Nintendo Switch will likely reach its sales target of 20 million units this year. If Nintendo Switch sales continue at this pace, the hybrid console will have sold 50 million units by the end of 2019.

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