Xbox 360 the top console for the 22nd consecutive month

Microsoft may not want to comment on how many Surface tablets it has sold so far, but it doesn't have any problems about promoting the sales of its Xbox 360 console. The company announced today that it sold 270,000 units of the console in the US during October 2012. This is the 22nd straight month that the Xbox 360 console has sold more than any other current generation console in the US.

Microsoft's blog says that gamers spent a total of $315 million in the US in the month of October on Xbox 360 hardware and software, more than the PS3 and the Wii combined. However, the numbers for October 2012 are still lower than what Microsoft reported for October 2011, when it said it sold 393,000 Xbox 360 consoles in the US.

In terms of the overall retail games market, it was yet another month of lower sales. Gamesindustry.biz reports that, according to the NPD Group, total revenues for both game hardware and software came in at $755.55 million for the US, a big 25 percent drop compared to a year ago.

NBA 2K13 was the number one best selling game in the US in October, followed by Resident Evil 6, the Nintendo 3DS exclusive Pokemon Black Version 2 and Dishonored.

Source: Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft

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So much for Nintendo and Sony saying Microsoft would fail in a Japanese dominated market way back when... well technically it's still not doing well in Japan, but everywhere else watch out!

I still remember a few years back when Microsoft announced that they would release a games console. I pretty much lauged and how it would be a failure, oh how wrong I was.

Ambroos said,
Yeah, US. In the rest of the world the PS3 is and has always been more popular.

Nope. The 360 sells more in the UK and many other countries. It also has higher global sales. And generates more game and peripheral sales than PS3.

Many people like myself bought PS3 as a blu-ray player, if it didn't have that then 360 would be further ahead.

NoClipMode said,

Nope. The 360 sells more in the UK and many other countries. It also has higher global sales. And generates more game and peripheral sales than PS3.

Many people like myself bought PS3 as a blu-ray player, if it didn't have that then 360 would be further ahead.

Well, provide sources.

Anyway, he said the PS3 has always been more popular in the rest of the world, I just proved him wrong.


Sorry, you are wrong:

Japan sales figures
Wii - 11,534,590 as of 1 April 2011
PlayStation 3 - 6,341,950 as of 1 April 2011
Xbox 360 - 1,448,665 as of 1 April 2011

Europe sales figures
Wii - 24.9 million as of December 2010
PlayStation 3 - 19.7 million as of December 2010
Xbox 360 - 13.7 million as of December 2010

And that data comes DIRECTLY from the page you linked. Oh well, reading is an art.

Ambroos said,

Sorry, you are wrong:

Japan sales figures
Wii - 11,534,590 as of 1 April 2011
PlayStation 3 - 6,341,950 as of 1 April 2011
Xbox 360 - 1,448,665 as of 1 April 2011

Europe sales figures
Wii - 24.9 million as of December 2010
PlayStation 3 - 19.7 million as of December 2010
Xbox 360 - 13.7 million as of December 2010

And that data comes DIRECTLY from the page you linked. Oh well, reading is an art.

Funny. I would suggest you go back to school since Japan and Europe hardly make "the rest of the world". I'm helping you though with the sums: you are missing 33.46 million units sold (360) versus 25 million units sold (PS3). So I still hardly doubt it's more popular "in the rest of the world".

Rodrigo said,

Funny. I would suggest you go back to school since Japan and Europe hardly make "the rest of the world". I'm helping you though with the sums: you are missing 33.46 million units sold (360) versus 25 million units sold (PS3). So I still hardly doubt it's more popular "in the rest of the world".


Your math teacher must be really proud: http://i.imgur.com/zNWrQ.png
World minus US = rest of world. And there the PS3 clearly wins by a two million margin.

Remember in 2001 when they released the 1st Xbox:

"Microsoft, you will fail… it won't happen… This market belongs to the Japanese"

well, at this rate of drop in sales its obvious a new console needs to be introduced sooner rather then later. This just adds to my personal hunch that q4 of 2013 will have a new xbox launch.

What else is there? Didn't Sony stop making Playstation?? I haven't seen one or talked to anyone that has one in like a year lol

On a side note love the part where it says " This is the 22th straight month that the Xbox 360 console has sold more than any other current generation console in the US."

22th lol

pepsihabbit said,
Microsoft needs to stop milking the 360 and get on with the next system lol!

I'd rather they take their time building it and fine-tuning it before they announce it.
And I'm not in in hurry. Halo 4 just came out, it's spectacular and Gears of War Judgement is coming out spring.
I think, after those two releases, ms will announce next-gen.

pepsihabbit said,
... get on with the next system lol!

Its not as simple as just coming out with a higher spec console ... it takes time to research, design and deliver new gaming experience advances that actually demands new hardware.

I agree.. I am losing my patience waiting for the next console and am investing in Tablets and Streaming Boxes instead.. I have sold off my 360 and PS3 and instead have a small box for streaming content.. Tablet gaming has not really taken off for me due to lack of quality games; But I suspect the situation will be different in 2013.

JohnCz said,

Its not as simple as just coming out with a higher spec console ... it takes time to research, design and deliver new gaming experience advances that actually demands new hardware.

Actually I think that once the new console comes out they start thinking of and researching the next one. Probably partly based on dev feedback.