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Sony's PS4 Outsells Microsoft Xbox One To Get Christmas Number 1

07/01/2014 09:34 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT
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A logo sits above a USB cable attached to a PlayStation 4 (PS4) games console, manufactured by Sony Corp., during the Eurogamer Expo 2013 in London, U.K., on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. Last year, the number of consoles in consumers' homes, including the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii U, stood at 238 million, according to IHS Screen Digest. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The results are in - Sony pretty much kicked Microsoft's arse in the Christmas console wars.

Shoppers snapped up 530,000 PS4s compared to 364,000 Xbox Ones - despite Sony's offering entering the market a week later.

In monetary terms, that's £144.5 million of Xbox ones and £181.6 million of PS4s, according to GfK Chart-track.

Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) director general Kim Bayley said: "Games continues to deliver digital sales strongly, but it was disappointing that Xbox One and PS4 came so late in 2013 and then huge demand meant stock sold out quickly."

Even Microsoft executives have praised Sony for their console launch.

Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer told Official Xbox Magazine: "When I think about their announcement, their clear focus on a customer, leading with the value proposition of what they're trying to do, staying true to a vision, I think they've done a nice job in how they defined the PS4."

Sony also scored another win as the PS4 version of FIFA 14 topped the individual format chart.

UK video game sales last year were up 6.6% on 2012. The biggest seller of the year was GTA V which sold a whopping 3.67 million copies.