Xbox 360 claims historic Black Friday sales

Microsoft certainly is one company not feeling the economic downturn at the moment. During the biggest shopping weekend of the year, they pulled out a huge victory in the shops, and over Sony's rival PlayStation 3 system.

In a recent press release, figures show that the Xbox 360 outsold PlayStation 3 consoles three-to-one, and estimates a 25% increase on sales of the console from last years Black Friday. To top this off, the Xbox 360 also continues to have the highest attach rate of any current generation console, with a rate of 8.1 games per console.

Whilst signs are good in the USA, it's not geographically exclusive. Xbox sales have seen a 400% rise in some Euro zone countries, and since the September price drop, have been consistently outselling the PS3 week on week.

With some analysts claiming this festive period is make or break for the PS3, the signs are not good for Sony. Microsoft on the other hand, it seems, keep making the right decisions where it matters.

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Who actually still BUYS the CONSOLE? Most people who play games should have one by NOW.... I would understand if they bought games, but actual CONSOLES?

Some people own more than one of a certain console. With the Xbox 360 for example, many own one that is modded and never goes to Live, the other is legit and goes to Live.

ir0nw0lf said,
Some people own more than one of a certain console. With the Xbox 360 for example, many own one that is modded and never goes to Live, the other is legit and goes to Live.

No.. just because you have done so doesn't mean that 'many' have.

Do you have some sort of proof that more people than just you have done this?

mattm591 said,
No.. just because you have done so doesn't mean that 'many' have.

Do you have some sort of proof that more people than just you have done this?

Actually, I know a guy who bought 3 diff Xbox360s, 1 basic, 1 elite, and 1 premium. I asked him why, but he didnt have an answer.....IMO he should have just bought a HDD and wireless controls

I think you're forgetting people with little money. Not all parents or other present givers can drop $300 or more on a single gift. XBox is down to $200 now, which makes things more reasonable. Still expensive, but not so much as a year or three ago.

I was thinking about getting a new console. Mine does not have HDMI and the new ones do. I'm waiting for the next big release Jasper or something like that.

Jasper has been already spotted in the wild.
You can check if it's Jasper by the power rating (150W Jasper , 175W - Falcon) on the power source unit, and/or on the console (12.1A instead of 14~something W).

X-Box sales are down to the dirt cheapness of the boxes - subsidised by Microsoft's (only) other profitable businesses (Windows and Office). Sony can not compete, with the squeeze on the Yen, and the fact that many of their other products have become rubbish and far less profitable.

Money spent on an X-box (however dubious the build quality) is an extremely cheap form of entertainment, and a distraction for children, now that the quality of television output is so low (and corrupting).

Compare games consoles in the early 21st century to Cinema / Movies in the depression period of the 1930's. It all make sence.

boho said,
X-Box sales are down to the dirt cheapness of the boxes - subsidised by Microsoft's (only) other profitable businesses
Pretty sure the XBox is now profitable bar the RROD issue they had last year and that they are making money on the hardware.

Smigit said,
Pretty sure the XBox is now profitable bar the RROD issue they had last year and that they are making money on the hardware.

Yes, it's been reported that they made profit last quarter iirc.

Yeah and because Sony dont have their fingers in any other pies they can borrow money from to bolster their console market :rolleyes:

if it wasn't the fact that discounting their consoles most of their products have significantly gone downhill over the years and lost out to cheaper alternatives its hardly a surprise.

It's not that you can't really, It's that bluray burners and media cost too much it's not worth it.

And even then, looking at the 360's attached rate at 8.1 per unit, that kinda kills your idea, because people are actually buy games still.

Oh, there is that whole banning of modded consoles also, MS seems to be pretty good at doing that more and more.

Its not the only reason no... but piracy can do wonders for a console market.

Take the original xbox. With each release Microsoft made it seemingly easier and easier to fit mod chips and at the peak before the 360 launch having a modded xbox seemed to be what everyone did because of all the amazing stuff it could do.

That's the one of the reasons why I purchased a 360 instead of a ps3. I can't see paying $500 for one game and the ps3. I spent $286 over a month ago on a 360 arcade with two used games and extra year of warranty.

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