The latest sales U.S. console sales report from NPD Group is in, and Microsoft is claiming its best month yet for the Xbox One. Despite that claim to fame, PlayStation 4 still took the top spot in terms of sales, according to a statement Sony gave to Venture Beat.

Xbox One enjoyed its best January yet, but still lost out to PlayStation 4 in U.S. sales

Along with having its best month of Xbox One sales yet, Microsoft has more reason to celebrate January thanks to an uptick in engagement and growth. From Venture Beat:

"Thanks to continued support by our fans, 2017 is off to a strong start as Xbox One game hours grew 21 percent year-over-year," Mike Nichols, corporate vice president of Xbox Marketing, noted in a statement sent to GamesBeat. "In addition, in the U.S., Xbox One had its best January to date and was the only eighth generation console that saw growth in January compared to the prior year according to NPD Group. Team Xbox is committed to delivering the best gaming experiences for our fans."

As NPD Group doesn't release any publicly facing sales numbers, we don't have any idea how close the two consoles were in terms of U.S. sales for January. However, we were recently able to get out hands on some hard numbers from December that showed Microsoft's console staying neck-and-neck with the PS4 despite missing the top spot for the month.

With both companies posting strong sales figures, it will be interesting to see what the rest of the year holds, especially once Project Scorpio hits the scene later in 2017.