Back on top: 166,000 Xbox 360s sold in U.S. last month

In September, the Xbox 360's 32 month streak as the best selling home game console in the U.S. came to an end as the PlayStation 3 outsold Microsoft's console. Microsoft didn't even bother to mention how many Xbox 360 units it sold in September, but did say that it was the top selling console for all of 2013 so far. Today, Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 had regained the top spot as the best-selling console in the U.S. for the month of October.

According to a Microsoft blog post, 166,000 Xbox 360 consoles were sold in the U.S. last month, according to data from the NPD Group. However, those numbers are way down from October 2012, when the Xbox 360 sold 270,000 units. The company adeed that $283 million was spent on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories.

Gamesindustry.biz reports that overall, retail game revenues in the U.S. came in at $791.1 million, up five percent from the same period a year ago. Most of that growth came from increases in software sales. "Grand Theft Auto V" was the best selling game for the second month in a row and NPD claims it sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S. during October.

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progpass23 said,
nope!! put ur fanboy had down http://www.neowin.net/news/idc...wide-game-console-shipments

ps3 which released 1 years after xbox 360 was still managed to beat xbox sales shipment...


Shipped doesn't equal sold
Would have been better if you linked to what vcfan already linked, that shows actual sales, where one clearly can see that the Xbox 360 had the better sale in US and UK, while the PS3 sold better in Japan and the rest of the world.

Edited by Mineria, Nov 16 2013, 12:13pm :

Mineria said,

Shipped doesn't equal sold
Would have been better if you linked to what vcfan already linked, that shows actual sales, where one clearly can see that the Xbox 360 had the better sale in US and UK, while the PS3 sold better in Japan and the rest of the world.

yeah analysis estimates... lol... mind only see what u want to see

I'm not surprised. The PS3 needed bundling the biggest selling game of the generation: GTA5, to surpass it only once. Had MS done the same, it wouldn't have.

Hello,

JHBrown said,
Pretty amazing. I almost bought one just for Grand Theft Auto.

Same. Im looking to buy one just for GTA 5.

Hopefully it comes to the PC soon. By buying a console, you are doing exactly what Microsoft (and Sony) hoped you would and are probably laughing all the way to the bank.

recursive said,
Hopefully it comes to the PC soon. By buying a console, you are doing exactly what Microsoft (and Sony) hoped you would and are probably laughing all the way to the bank.

I'm not sure I understand that one. Everyone hopes you buy their stuff including the people you bought the PC hardware from. I suspect they used electronic transfer rather than a chortling stroll.

Nope, think about it. The games are developed on PCs. Why would companies put in the effort to not release it on PCs at the same time as consoles, when all it will take is a little extra effort on their part to reach the (much larger) PC market?

It definitely isn't going to hurt sales of their game on consoles, everyone interested in your game who already have a console would buy it for that platform already. So why refuse to release / intentionally delay the release?

Simple, follow the money. They lose a few PC sales (like myself and the two other ladies/gentelmen in this thread), but get compensated for it, in part by the companies who profit from increased console sales, Microsoft and Sony, an in part by PC users buying consoles simply to play your game.

The game developers get compensated for their loss in PC sales by the console manufactures. The console manufactures in turn make their money back when you buy more games for the console. Before you know it you are in the restricted console treadmill and you can't get off. It is a neat trick.