1.7 million Xbox 360s sold in the US in November

Xbox 360 hardware units went through the roof in November 2011, according to new figures from the NPD Group. As posted on Microsoft's official blog, the company sold a whopping 1.7 million units of the game console in the US last month, an increase of 23 percent compared to the same period a year ago. That's well above a prediction earlier this week by Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter who claimed that Microsoft sold 1.44 million Xbox 360 hardware units in November 2011.

In addition, Microsoft said that total retail revenue for the Xbox 360, which includes hardware, software and peripheral sales, came in at $1.4 billion for November 2011 in the US.

The other console makers didn't even come close to what the Xbox 360 in terms of sales. IndustryGamers.com reports that Nintendo sold 860,000 Wii consoles in November. Sales of the portable 3DS console has improved quite a bit compared to sales earlier this year, as Nintendo said that 795,000 3DS unit sales were generated last month. Sony didn't reveal specific unit sales (always a bad sign) but did say that the Playstation 3 saw a 70 percent increase in hardware sales in November and a 30 percent increase in software sales.

Even with all three console companies proclaiming huge sales, the NPD Group said that over all, US game sales were basically flat. Industrygames.com reports that in November 2011, the video game industry's retail revenues came in at an even $3 billion compared to $2.99 billion last year. Those numbers don't include digital game revenues. The NPD Group said that while unit sales for hardware were up, they were offset by price cuts for those consoles.

It's not a shocker to learn that Activision's first person shooter Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 was the number one best selling game in the month of November 2011. It was followed by Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in second place, EA's Battlefield 3 in third place, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Revelations and Just Dance 3 in fourth and fifth places respectively.

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I only point out NeoWin's omission of Wii sales because they're impressive considering a successor has officially been shown! I doubt 360 sales would continue to be as strong if Microsoft demo'ed the 720 today.

Most of the extrax xbox business came about because of extra-aggressive discounting. That's the reason I bought one recently, and sold the old one for what the new one cost.

...and just a few years ago, the world told Microsoft they had no business in consoles or gaming, would never compete, and have been questioned on every step they have made.

Not only has the XBox been a 'consumer' success, it has ushered in two new generations of GPU designs, gave the industry user shader languages, and our current generation of GPU technologies that easily allow GP-GPU with the onchip DMA and unified shader concepts.

It created the definition of console online gaming, and still holds as the leading online platform. It also was the launch point for Zune Video and Audio distribution, although only called XBox Live Market then, but offered the first HD rentals and sales of video and the first HD streaming technologies with smooth streaming - which came from the Zune technology division.

Outside of gaming, the XBox is one of the best media devices as well, especially with the latest UI update, and at the sub $200 price point, offers even Roku and other devices competition, with the added ability that it also offers users the ability to play a simple game or hardcore online gaming.

Why has the XBox done well? Not so much brilliant marketing, as Microsoft tends to suck at PR in general. It is the simple base concept of a PC based architecture inside a console that allowed it work with and influence things outside of just a isolated single purpose console. The XBox also allowed Microsoft to help bring new technology ideas to the PC world, shifting hardware designs and is even at the heart of the WDDM/WDM of Vista and Win7 that give Windows many advantages over other OSes today.

Even if the next generation XBox blows, Microsoft did good, and changed he world for the better.

...and yes, it runs Crysis2.

Arthax said,
I like how Neowin STILL fails to mention that the Wii sold 500,000 in ONE DAY, on Black Friday, and the 3DS has been outselling everything.

Maybe because the Wii got CRUSHED by the xbox on Black Friday by a 2:1 margin (1 million xboxes were sold). Wii sales were even beaten by Kinect sales, at 800k.

The and the 3DS isn't outselling everything either. Xbox sales alone were higher than everything Nintendo sold for the month (wii + 3ds sales < xbox sales).

mprobins said,

The and the 3DS isn't outselling everything either. Xbox sales alone were higher than everything Nintendo sold for the month (wii + 3ds sales < xbox sales).

I go by vgchartz.com and they've had 3DS at the top more than a few times, like right now in fact.

I like how Neowin STILL fails to mention that the Wii sold 500,000 in ONE DAY, on Black Friday, and the 3DS has been outselling everything.

I can understand why a Windows-centric site would be desperate to capitalize on every little (or "whopping") success of Microsoft, but please, don't resort to lying-by-omission just to make it seem like they're the top winners this year. They're not.

Arthax said,
I like how Neowin STILL fails to mention that the Wii sold 500,000 in ONE DAY, on Black Friday, and the 3DS has been outselling everything.

I can understand why a Windows-centric site would be desperate to capitalize on every little (or "whopping") success of Microsoft, but please, don't resort to lying-by-omission just to make it seem like they're the top winners this year. They're not.

Nintendo is doing well, and Sony hasn't failed either... However, the XBox is still leading the 'console' wars, and is still setting the stage for new directions and technology, so it has a lot of relevance outside of just the gaming world.

The XBox, especially the 360 change the platform model from a closed 'appliance' with limited functionality and lifespan, to an 'growing' ecosystem.

Think about it this way, some people, like myself bought the XBox 360 back in 2005. It is now 6 years later, and is still adding new technology and features that are changing what is possible for users. Traditionally Consoles were 'appliances' that didn't change after you bought it, and certainly didn't add much new functionality, and had a rather limited lifespan.

So 6 years of a $300 investment, adding in $150 for Kinect over the years, is a lot of value. There are a lot of things like TVs, BluRay/DVD players purchased in 2005 that are obsolete which creates new sales opportunities. However the XBox 360 isn't still selling well to 'replace' itself, instead a lot of people are adding them to additional rooms in their house.

This is why this is newsworthy outside of Neowin, especially when you add in the fact that Microsoft was predicted to fail with both the XBox and the XBox 360, and not only didn't fail, but has redefined the nature of Console gaming and how to create a long term model that doesn't rip off customers by requiring them to upgrade every couple of years.

The Nintendo handheld sales are good, but their model is based on the destruction of the devices by kids, which happens, and the slight changes with a new name or new colors every couple of years. This is 'milking' their consumers, which is the opposite of the model the XBox has shown to be possible and still make money.

thenetavenger said,

The Nintendo handheld sales are good, but their model is based on the destruction of the devices by kids, which happens, and the slight changes with a new name or new colors every couple of years. This is 'milking' their consumers, which is the opposite of the model the XBox has shown to be possible and still make money.

How many revisions of the 360 have Microsoft "milked" so far, and how many have been "destroyed" by the Red Ring of Death?

M_Lyons10 said,
So half of the revenues were Microsoft's? Not bad at all...

By this time next year, Microsoft will be making a majority of the gaming profits.

Playstation 3 saw a 70 percent increase in hardware sales in November

Not bad at all. This is also a fantastic news for gaming.