Analyst: Xbox 360 outsold all other game consoles in September

Microsoft's Xbox 360 game console has been outselling all other game consoles in the United States for the past year or so and it looks like that trend is going to continue. News.com reports that Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter told investors in a note today that he predicts that Microsoft sold 360,000 Xbox 360 units in September in the US. He also predicts that Sony's Playstation 3 console will come in a distant second with 260,000 units, followed by Nintendo's 3DS console with 225,000 units, the Wii console with 190,000 units and the regular DS console with 185,000 units. The official word on consoles sales will come later this week via the NPD Group.

In addition to hardware sales predictions, Pachter believes that software sales for the Xbox 360 console totaled $306 million in September. He also believes that PS3 console game sales were second with $165 million and Wii console game sales totaled just $85 million for the month.

Microsoft's sales success with the Xbox 360 seems to have come as the expense of Nintendo's Wii console. The Wii has lost its touch with consumers here in the US. At one time, the Wii outsold both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, thanks in part to its lower price. But Microsoft's Xbox 360 made an effort to reach out to the Wii's audience with the launch last November of its Kinect motion controller camera and its line up of family friendly games. That may be one of the reasons why Nintendo is planning to launch the Wii U sometime in 2012.

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So long as all three companies are profitable and do well enough to be in the next generation? I'm happy. I don't want a monopoly, or even a duopoly, and love that the market is big enough to sustain three console platforms with two main markets. The virtual death of 3rd party exclusives is something I love also - there's no buying the "wrong" system for the average gamer between the PS3 and 360 like there was was the past two generations if you didn't buy Sony.

I am still a MS fanboy who would never touch a Mac or iOS device. But I am finding XBox Live getting less consumer friendly (like iOS). I do not do multiplayer gaming and I find it ridiculous to have to pay for Live Gold in order to use netflix when all Smart TV's have free apps for Netflix. MS exclusives available on XBOX have not been released for Windows PC - like GOW 2,3 and Alan Wake. MS might be building a well integrated eco-system with the XBOX just like what apple did with iOS. But such a move by MS does not help the average consumer in the long run.

Because you actually get what you paid for... Anyways, you can always get a full year at 45 US$ at amazon, or use their always open offer of $1 of Gold per month.

Sony stills fails after the PSN fiasco? Say it isn't so!

I haven't had a console since the N64 but I can give credit where credit is due: congrats to MS and the Xbox team.

bjoswald said,
Sony stills fails after the PSN fiasco? Say it isn't so!

I haven't had a console since the N64 but I can give credit where credit is due: congrats to MS and the Xbox team.

No wonder you didn't have a console after owning a N64...

I have a 360, but I only really use it as a media center. Sure it don't have a Bluray drive, but I can stream 1080hd without even having to get up and insert a disc... yeah I'm lazy, and it might be why I prefer the Arcade games and games on demand over physical discs too. Saying that, I do have around 25 disc games lol.

However, I DO like games, but mostly on the PC and its a shame that the 360 has gotten so popular because it seems PC games are now 99% of the time just a poor port of its console counterpart. Gaming on a PC was about having free range of movement and access to a multitude of keys (read keyboard and mouse) with advanced options to push even the latest PC hardware to its limits driving the latest graphics technology front. Now what are we having, delayed games with graphics that are only on par with consoles. Yet when we do have a really great PC game, its usually something like World of warcraft or The Witcher, gone are the days of game titles such as Crysis 2 (lol, whats a DirectX? lol) or leading tech titles from the likes of id software (anyone played RAGE on the PC yet? lol)

At least we've still got Minecraft on the PC... and android phones,.. oh.. xbox version coming soon too... hmmm....

I think the 360 has had the most activity with improving what its currently offer consumers. Live seems to be really expanding into something that's worth having for different markets other than just core gamers.

I wish Sony concentrated a lot earlier one what consumers wanted. It's still the cheapest blueray player around if I'm correct?

Meh, congrats MS on a good month. Keep up the good work.

I bought a new Xbox 360 with kinect this year and I don't regret for that. Love the games, all that stuff microsoft is doing with it and I could buy a PS3 here, but kinect made me think twice. For me, I'm loving it!

Oh Pachter you're so full of sh*t. Do still believe 360 will be on top again this month tho. But this guy is wrong too much.

Good for Microsoft and Xbox team! specially since Xbox will take important part for Microsoft Ecosystem.
even games for Windows moved to xbox.com
because Xbox = good!

machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

Dermot said,
machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

Ha Ha troll fail. This has exactly what to do with the article? Assuming you are a Sony fanboy I can then only assume you feel Blu-Ray is the best format, yet Xbox 360 is still out selling all other counsels. Say it isnt so.

PS, HD-DVD has zero to do with games but you continue being uninformed.

Dermot said,
But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

It was 3. Besides, how many games are coming out that are actually 1080p? Most of them I see are 720. I think Blu Ray also has longer load times but I'm not 100% sure on that.

I own PS3 and 360 so no I'm not being a fanboy.

Dermot said,
machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

some people care about CPU, about GPU, about Exclusives. and this guy cares about disk format! like almost all PS3 fanboys. who mentions PS3 is better for bluray like if most people i knew didn't install the game. you know, harddisk is faster than DVD and of course bluray which is slower than DVD

Indeed, DVD loads faster than Blu Ray due to faster read speeds, and a more developed format... But still, BluRay would be a very welcomed update on their next gen.

Dermot said,
machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

and thats why they have a way better online store then the ps3.. perfect now i can buy all my games from there

Dermot said,
machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

Final Fantasy VIII and IX on PS1 were both FOUR DISCS. Nobody complained that Sony had an "inferior format" back then. Nobody cares.

Dermot said,
machine is still marred by the fact it's disk format is a joke.

I guess it always will be since the HD-DVD disaster.

But the disks are just too small for the size of games coming out lately, la noire was what? 4-5 disks?

I guess this where I mention that the 360 doesn't use HD-DVD at all, but rather dual-layer DVDs, and the only way to use HD-DVD on the 360 is to own the long discontinued external HD-DVD drive?

The only "joke" about the 360 is the non-standardized harddrive; the developers could do a lot more if every 360 had a harddrive. As is, the system is good, but not as great as it could've been. Of course, I also feel the PS3 has far less RAM than it should considering it has Blu-Ray AND a standardize harddrive.

Regardless, I'll take this imperfect generation with actual competition over the past two generations where a single platform dominated the world! I wouldn't trust Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo to have the market to themselves.

yardman said,
Great job microsoft.

Indeed, and a great example of them breaking into a market and dominating. Next up Windows Phone...

Great, no wonder they wont come out with Xbox "720" or whatever it's gonna be. Selling too many of them. I say this as i'm contemplating getting a new Xbox Slim.

SHoTTa35 said,
Great, no wonder they wont come out with Xbox "720" or whatever it's gonna be. Selling too many of them. I say this as i'm contemplating getting a new Xbox Slim.

i think microsoft is looking at the console as making it more efficient instead of making it more powerful..