Microsoft gives update on Xbox 360 sales

With the entire video and PC game industry preparing for E3 2011 this week, Microsoft decide to take some time today to announce some new sales statistics for its Xbox 360 game console. The Major Nelson web site has posted up some interesting numbers along with a graph (shown above) that shows that Xbox 360 sales continue to increase even though the console is now nearly six years old. The data, provided by the NPD Group, shows that other consoles relased in the past 15 years have seen flat or declining sales growth during that same time period.

Microsoft now says that 55 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide. It is also the number one best selling game console here in the US in 2011 and has been the best selling console for 10 of the last 11 months. In the first four months of 2011, Microsoft says it has seen a 29 percent increase in year-over-year sales which is triple the amount of growth of Sony's Playstation 3 console. It also said that each of its nearly 35 million Xbox Live users have logged an average of almost 60 hours a month using the online service. The total amount of time logged by all those Xbox Live users is a whopping 2.1 billion entertainment hours.

Microsoft is expected to make lots of new announcements during its pre-E3 2011 press conference on Monday, June 6 in Los Angeles including new games, new support for its Kinect motion controller camera and more updates to its Xbox Live service.

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Xbox/Kinekt unlike the other consoles can be really enjoyed by the whole family. My kids play ther Halo and Castlemania etc, my wife does her aerobic on the Kinekt, and I watch my movies using the zune marketplace. Once they allow more adult movies, I am getting one for the bedroom.Love it!!!

I think it is fair to assume that with the great software innovations that Microsoft has brought to the table, the XBOX 360 is not just a gaming system, but a consumer product that is capable of more than just games, and the list keeps growing. Although i'm not denying its primary purpose, my XBOX has more than just one use.

With these added on software extras, theres more reason to buy an XBOX now then there was at launch.

efjay said,
If they do Star Wars Kinect right they will get another boost most likely.

They can get Starwars Kid to do the Ad

benplace said,
Stupid graph, of course sales are going to continue to climb until a NEW system comes out.

Sales aren't climbing for the Wii, and the PS3 is flat..so it doesn't seem so stupid to me.

benplace said,
Stupid graph, of course sales are going to continue to climb until a NEW system comes out.

umm what?? you can see right there that the Wii sales have started to bomb and they have not come out with a new system.. that defeats your logic right there..

benplace said,
Stupid graph, of course sales are going to continue to climb until a NEW system comes out.
It's not a cumulative graph

benplace said,
Stupid graph, of course sales are going to continue to climb until a NEW system comes out.

Comment fail

benplace said,
Stupid graph, of course sales are going to continue to climb until a NEW system comes out.

This reminds me of Homer Simpson when he gets Pumpkin futures...

Probably because they're giving away free Xbox's with a PC purchase for students. I got one and I'm selling it cause I don't want it.

andrewbares said,
Probably because they're giving away free Xbox's with a PC purchase for students. I got one and I'm selling it cause I don't want it.

I LOL'd. You don't want a free Xbox? Once you get the hang of it, you'll love it

Jarrichvdv said,

I LOL'd. You don't want a free Xbox? Once you get the hang of it, you'll love it
Free xbox or extra cash? If he doesn't play games or already has a system why keep the 360?

andrewbares said,
Probably because they're giving away free Xbox's with a PC purchase for students. I got one and I'm selling it cause I don't want it.

And I'm looking to buy an Xbox 360ยบ.

weedo3 said,
The spike must have come when the PSN was down, haha.

no its from when the kinect came out and they dropped the price to 200 bucks