Xbox 360 tops US console sales once again in August

Microsoft continues to dominate retail game console sales in the US. The company has announced that, for the month of August 2012, it sold 193,000 units of the Xbox 360 console. This is the 20th month straight that the Xbox 360 console has sold more than any other current generation console in the US.

The official Microsoft blog also says that gamers spent a total of $196 million in the US in the month of August on Xbox 360 hardware and software, more than the PS3 and the Wii combined. However, the numbers for August 2012 are lower than what Microsoft reported for August 2011, when it said it sold 308,000 Xbox 360 consoles and generated a total of $232 million in revenue.

Overall, the game industry continues to suffer from lower sales in the US, at least at the retail level. Gamesindustry.biz reports that, according to the NPD Group, overall revenues came in at $515.6 million for the month of August, down 20 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

Darksiders II was the top selling game for August, which certainly has to make its financially troubled game publisher THQ happy. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive game New Super Mario Bros 2 was in second place, and yet another 3DS exclusive game, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, was third.

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Both my PS3 and XBOX360 rarely if ever get used, and recently most of the games that have come out that I want to play are also on PC so I buy the PC version.

Here's hoping the next generations consoles are closer to HTPC's then this gen, as it will mean even more PC games.

Seeing this trend, I'm confident that both ms and sony will announce their next-gen console at next year's e3. I myself can't wait to see the xbox 720 or xbox infinity. Until then, Halo 4 will keep me busy.

I'm not using my xbox 360 for a long while to be honest. I've got Live Gold and it's not really providing me any freebies. On my ps3 with psn plus subscription though, I'm getting lots of free games to play. If Microsoft comes with a similar strategy, I might see myself using my xbox 360 more.

Yeah, and I don't get why I should have to have XBL Gold for Hulu/Netflix. I think I'm going for a PlayStation for the next generation.

Laslow said,
Yeah, and I don't get why I should have to have XBL Gold for Hulu/Netflix. I think I'm going for a PlayStation for the next generation.

My power bill doesn't like my PS3!!! I learned to just use my Roku box and it's a lot cheaper. PS3 used just for games now and that's more rare now.

basques said,
I'm not using my xbox 360 for a long while to be honest. I've got Live Gold and it's not really providing me any freebies. On my ps3 with psn plus subscription though, I'm getting lots of free games to play. If Microsoft comes with a similar strategy, I might see myself using my xbox 360 more.

Ah, how cute for a PS fanboi to use a disarming preface. Ok, maybe, maybe not, but I appreciate the tone either way.

Without the tone, I would have probably made a catty remark about the new Sony Pictures App on the XBox.


As for the debate about what all you get in XBox Gold vs PSN+, they both have advantages over each other, and XBox Gold is in a transitional stage.

PSN+ has advantages, but it also 'charges' for things that XBox Silver members get for free, and vise versa compared to XBox Gold and PSN without Plus.

XBox has the advantage of a closed and secure infrastructure. This is more secure, and depending on what feature the publisher uses can provide a better online experience with lower latency and better matching with server and client hosting options.

(This also has the side effect of a LOT more games having mulit-player support, as the developers can use the XBox Live technologies without having to write their own client code or create the online infrastructure.)

If you go back a few years, a lot of companies, even the recent headline maker Valve avoided PS3 titles because the lack of inherent multi-player/online technology. T


People forget that XBox Live was the first 'successful' online gaming infrastructure. This is where Gold was born and why it is still based on a closed yet diverse set of APIs and Infrastructure that the PSN still hasn't technically caught up to offering developers or gamers.

There are also PSN games that even with PSN+ have additional online subscription costs, and not just traditional MMO titles.

However, for free game access with the PSN+ and access to Apps, and multi-player with just the free PSN; Sony has pushed to make PSN and PSN+ far more competitive, which is a good thing, and will shift Microsoft to adjust XBox Gold if subscriptions or sales drop.

At the end of the day though, there is a reason XBox sales and XBox Gold membership is still crushing PS3 and PSN+.

So while your experience is probably valid, it does not reflect the majority of the gaming market.

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One reason I don't use my PS3 very often is the insane updates which is a problem for Sony on all their FreeBSD variant based devices, being more frequent on the PS3 because of its PSN infrastructure. Even with a fast fiber connection, the install/update times are insane and just to resume a 'local' game or to open Netflix is beyond annoying.

Laslow said,
Yeah, and I don't get why I should have to have XBL Gold for Hulu/Netflix. I think I'm going for a PlayStation for the next generation.

XBox Live is more for online gaming which is drastically better in XBOX. You are really paying for the network. those subscriptions are something that they encourage you to buy the subscription. if you want to use playstation slow and clunky online gaming be my guest. Better things are usually cost money. right?

How exactly is Netfilx and Hulu part of the XBL network? I don't care how Microsoft tries to justify tacking them onto their paid subscription services, it's just cheesy. As far as I know the PS3/Wii versions of those services work just fine for free.

I don't really think that I'm a fanboy of any brand/company. I had my xbox 360 before my ps3. I have both psn plus and xbox live gold. Just the same way that I own a ps vita, but also a nintendo 3ds (psp, dsi, original xbox, ps2, ps1, nintendo wii).

You made some good points in your comment, which pretty much puts me instantly out of your target audience. I don't play games online. The only game I played online on my consoles was Gears of War 3, and I loved it but that's it.

I only play MMORPGs online, and that's on my gaming pc.

If you take the online gaming out of the context, then you will probably see my reasoning. My flatmate is using the xbox to watch foxtel for sports channels and that's it.

I got a separate htpc connected to my TV so media center capabilities are also not needed.

On psn plus I get the occasional freebie games that I can check (some of them being quite recent AAA games) and I can buy the odd psp/ps one titles and also play them on my ps vita by save file sharing.

Also I got my ps3 setup to update/sync automatically every night at 4 am. So I never had an issue with udpates.

thenetavenger said,

Ah, how cute for a PS fanboi to use a disarming preface. Ok, maybe, maybe not, but I appreciate the tone either way.

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One reason I don't use my PS3 very often is the insane updates which is a problem for Sony on all their FreeBSD variant based devices, being more frequent on the PS3 because of its PSN infrastructure. Even with a fast fiber connection, the install/update times are insane and just to resume a 'local' game or to open Netflix is beyond annoying.