Xbox 360 best selling game console worldwide in 2011

Microsoft can now lay claim to having the best selling game console worldwide in 2011. Geekwire points out that Microsoft has admitted, via its own financial reports, to worldwide sales of 14.9 million Xbox 360 units for 2011. It's the first time that Microsoft has the number one best selling game console for a full calendar year.

The Xbox 360 sales numbers for 2011 narrowly beat Sony's Playstation 3 console, which had worldwide sales of 14.1 million for the past year, and Nintendo's fading Wii console, which generated worldwide sales of just 10.33 million for 2011.

For the current console generation, Nintendo's Wii is still on top with overall sales of 95 million. However its current sales slump will likely continue as Nintendo plans to launch its successor, the Wii U, sometime in late 2012.

The Xbox 360 has had overall worldwide sales of 66 million, even though the console has almost non-existent sales in Japan. Sony's PS3 is dead last in the current console war with total sales of 62 million units worldwide. That's significant since Sony dominated the previous two console generations with the PS1 and PS2 consoles. Perhaps Sony's new CEO Kazuo Hirai needs to announce plans for the PS4 in the near future, even though he's already said Sony has no plans for any generation console announcement at E3 this June.

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Narlzac85 said,
I wish there were numbers that counted console failures. RRoD has to be at least a million if not more.

still stuck in 2005 i see

smoledman said,

Apparently millions of failures is very accurate.


Hahaha . I have 3 Xbox @ my house broken, two mine, and one of my friend.


Edit:
Now that I kept carving in the link you've posted, I see that the 360 did come with a lot of problems.

The 3 year warranty would cover most. Even if it didn't those are still sells for MS, and seeing how they have a bigger attach rate than other consoles, then either people buy multiple games as well or they've sold a lot of systems.

I think it's a bit rough to say that Sony is dead last considering they still have sold 62 million. I know technically they are last, but i just got the impression the article was making it seem like they aren't any competition.

That said, assumimg Microsoft can sell about 15 million this year again and come out with a new Xbox next year, I'd say sales of roughly 80-90 million consoles is a good number for them considering about 1/90th of those sales would have come from Japan. If Microsoft could EVER find some way to get their next console to sell in 10 million in Japan, oh boy will they do even better next time.

macrosslover said,
I think it's a bit rough to say that Sony is dead last considering they still have sold 62 million. I know technically they are last, but i just got the impression the article was making it seem like they aren't any competition.

That said, assumimg Microsoft can sell about 15 million this year again and come out with a new Xbox next year, I'd say sales of roughly 80-90 million consoles is a good number for them considering about 1/90th of those sales would have come from Japan. If Microsoft could EVER find some way to get their next console to sell in 10 million in Japan, oh boy will they do even better next time.


But Sony IS dead last... What's wrong with mentioning that? What a weird post.

M_Lyons10 said,

But Sony IS dead last... What's wrong with mentioning that? What a weird post.

I think the poster meant that the phrase makes Sony's situation seem worse than it is. They are definitely "dead last" but being last in a group of 3 companies who have all managed to sell 60+ million consoles (will almost 100), is still nothing to scoff at. They didn't do as well as Microsoft (I'm not going to compare the PS3 to the Wii), but I guess they didn't do too terrible either.

macrosslover said,
I think it's a bit rough to say that Sony is dead last considering they still have sold 62 million. I know technically they are last, but i just got the impression the article was making it seem like they aren't any competition.

That said, assumimg Microsoft can sell about 15 million this year again and come out with a new Xbox next year, I'd say sales of roughly 80-90 million consoles is a good number for them considering about 1/90th of those sales would have come from Japan. If Microsoft could EVER find some way to get their next console to sell in 10 million in Japan, oh boy will they do even better next time.

The simple and obvious solution is for MS to start wooing the developers of those ****ty "loli" games that seem to be the staple of 90% of the total game sales in japan. We as "western" gamers dont see all that junk because unless your already a fan of it and import it, why would you? But its THOSE games that drive people to buy the PS3 and Wii in japan. Just take a visit to sankaku complex and hit their "Games" tab and you'll quickly start to understand why "Japanese" games are starting to fall behind in the rest of the world.

But dont take my word for it: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2011/08/22