1.4 million Xbox 360s sold in US during December

Microsoft's Xbox division ended 2012 by once again selling more Xbox 360 consoles than any of its competitors. Microsoft announced that, according to figures from the NPD Group, it sold 1.4 million units in December 2012 in the US.

Microsoft's blog post said this is the 24th straight month that the Xbox 360 has been the top selling game console in the US. However, last month's numbers were smaller than the 1.7 million units that Microsoft sold in December 2011. Sales of Xbox 360 hardware and software generated a total of $1.27 billion in revenue in December. Again, the amount of revenue was below the $1.5 billion Microsoft said was generated in December 2011.

While it was good news for Microsoft, it was bad news for the overall retail video game industry. According to Gamesindustry International, December 2012 saw overall revenues of $3.21 billion in the US for retail game hardware, software and accessories, down 22 percent from a year before.

The entire year of 2012 saw US retail game revenues of $13.26 billion, well below that of 2011's $17 billion. These numbers do not include revenues from downloadable game sales, subscriptions, and in-game purchases.

It's no surprise to learn that Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the number one best selling retail game in both December 2012 and for the entire year. Just Dance 4 was number two for the month and number five overall in 2012, and Halo 4 was third in December and for the entire year. Assassin's Creed III was fourth for both December and all of 2012 and Madden NFL 13 was fifth for December and the second best selling retail game for all of 2012.

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That is up to you. The Next Xbox should launch by November 2013, but that has not been confirmed 100%, but right now I would say I would bet 75%.

I bought new one last week, plenty of amazing games to enjoy (got skyrim, forza and dead space games). Also bought 40$ live card for 13months on bestbuy.
New consoles as per rumors are still 10-12months away which is quite a long time for me to wait.

Well, I know Microsoft will come out the door swinging with the next xbox... im just not so sure about the Playstation. I used to be a big fan, but things just don't work out in favor of the users on the system, besides having initial additional hardware features like BRay.

Microsoft invests millions, if not billions, further after the console is released for features and exclusivities. That's what makes me comfortable buying the console even more so. When I buy a wii, I know that what's in the box is probably what ill end up with 8 years down.

I do expect the Xbox 360 to outsell the Next generation Xbox in Nov-Dec 2013. I think it's pretty easy to see at this point.

Here is a list of all the closest numbers we can find on December 2012 NPD (5 weeks including Walmart, USA ONLY)

360 - 1400K
3DS - 1250K
PS3 - 625K
WII - 475K
WIU - 460K
PSV - 225K

I think the next gen consoles from MS and Sony will finally be up to par for hardcore PC gamers (like me)...even if released late 2013, that's a whole year of gaming, doubt there will be many regrets.

I would never trade my PC for a console: not upgradeable, region locked, etc.
They are not for me. Besides I only play with Military flight Sims that, at the moment, are unfortunately dead.

New info on PS Vita (Remember 5 weeks for this NPD and during Nov-Dec which sells the best for electronics and video games)

225,000 PS Vita (Updated: This has been adjusted due to a mistake from the results given out. Since Sony does not deliver their own numbers, this has been fixed).

This is against 1.25 Million 3DS in the same time frame which is good news for Nintendo.

So, Sony is in a real pickle in the USA at least. 3DS owns Japan and the Wii-U in Japan will be doing better than the PS4 most likely, so Sony is in serious trouble here.

Edited by Yogurtmaster, Jan 11 2013, 2:51am :

Sony has a habit of failing as strongly as they succeed. Hard to figure. Who would of thought constantly ****ing off your customers would be a bad thing?

Yeah, there seemed to be little interest in the Wii U (in my area). While Nintendo consoles usually pick up steam after a while, Nintendo themselves are generally pretty open on how the holidays are their biggest time of the year, yet this holiday didn't look too good for them.

NPD Sales are United States ONLY and this NPD for December 2012 also counted the last week of November. So, these sales include Walmart, USA only and are for 5 full weeks of data.

No digital online sales are counted.

The Wii U only sold 460k during this time period which isn't good and the PS3 (Sony does not give out numbers for a reason) did above 600K

Source: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=507789

Xbox 360 sold 1.4 million units in December - "more than double the amount of the second place console" in the U.S. in the month of December. This marks the 24th consecutive month Xbox 360 has held the number one spot in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2012)