750,000 US Xbox 360 consoles sold during Black Friday week

Microsoft has been throwing out some big numbers today. Earlier, it revealed that 25 million people were actively using its Outlook.com service, and later in the day it said that it has sold a total of 40 million licenses for Windows 8.

Now, Microsoft's Larry Hryb posted on his Major Nelson website that Microsoft sold 750,000 units of its Xbox 360 console during the week of November 18th, which includes Black Friday, in the US. He also claims that during that same week, the number of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, " ... increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week."

In addition Hryb said:

  • We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day.
  • Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.

Nintendo bragged on Monday that it had sold 400,000 units of its Wii U console during its launch week last week, along with 300,000 units of the older Wii console. If those numbers and those of Microsoft's are indeed true, it looks like the Xbox 360 will still be the best selling console in the US for the month of November. So far, Sony has yet to comment on sales of the PS3 and the PS Vita during Black Friday 2012 week.

Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft

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I really really wanted that 250GB Xbox with Skyrim and Forza for $199, but man... if I didn't only have $20 to my name right now.

jasonon said,
holy cow! I really hope these high sales won't postpone a launch of the next xbox console

The sales wouldn't affect that. BTW I'm one of those 750,000...we picked up a new 360 at WalMart so my fiancee could have Skylanders and her own box to play on.

Shane Nokes said,
The sales wouldn't affect that. BTW I'm one of those 750,000...we picked up a new 360 at WalMart so my fiancee could have Skylanders and her own box to play on.

Exactly. How many of these consoles are truly for new households?

For MS, it is a Pyrrhic victory. MS sold the xbox 360 console for a cheap and now, during the black friday, they are give it for even cheaper. So, it is not strange that during the first years of the xbox360, MS loses money and now the whole division is earning a mere 3% of the total earning of MS (including the game developer division, for example HALO).

Brony said,
For MS, it is a Pyrrhic victory. MS sold the xbox 360 console for a cheap and now, during the black friday, they are give it for even cheaper. So, it is not strange that during the first years of the xbox360, MS loses money and now the whole division is earning a mere 3% of the total earning of MS (including the game developer division, for example HALO).

Its hardly a pyrrhic victory when there is an xbox in almost every house.

Indeed - the idea behind a console like the Xbox 360 is not necessarily to make money, but to get services (games and otherwise) in front of people. Content providers pay to be there, and game developers pay Microsoft a small amount for every game sold.

Just about every console system ever made has been sold at a loss (to get them out there), because over the life of the systems the money is not in the system itself, but what is sold to run on it. Also, over the years making the things does get cheaper, so you can still make a small profit on those as well as the hardware ages and becomes cheaper.

Toysoldier said,

Its hardly a pyrrhic victory when there is an xbox in almost every house.

Indeed. I don't think the poster actually knows what a Pyrrhic victory is...

Shane Nokes said,

Indeed. I don't think the poster actually knows what a Pyrrhic victory is...

Yeah it's a term fanboys have picked up on recently to use whenever a company they hate succeeds at something. The original meaning is quickly going bye-bye.

It's amazing how a console that is this old is still selling at these rates... it's giving MS no reason to even put a a new one to market anytime soon

There'll probably be impetus to do so at some point in the not so distant future, but the 360 will probably still be around for a long time. It's Microsoft's PS2, it seems, and that's not a bad thing.

watchthisspace said,

Are you not mistaken for PC gaming?


Everyone is saying that console game is dying, PC is dying.

Well for those haters and very negative people, let me tell you something:

We are also dying

So move along.