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Xbox 360 sells 1.26 million in US during November

Xbox 360 sells 1.26 million in US during November

Thu 06 Dec 2012 11:19pm GMT / 6:19pm EST / 3:19pm PST
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It's Microsoft's 23rd consecutive month as the top selling console

Microsoft has just revealed its November total for the Xbox 360 in the US. Following a massive Black Friday week surge, when the hardware sold over 750,000 units, the Xbox 360 managed a total of 1.26 million for the month. It was the 23rd consecutive month that Xbox 360 managed to come out as the top selling console.

Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.2 billion, which was also the most for any console in the US, Microsoft said.

The company cited top games like Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Assassin's Creed 3, and Madden NFL 13 for driving sales on the platform.

6 Comments

Paul Jace Merchandiser

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I wonder which system came in second, the Wii U or PS3.

Posted:A year ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Likely the PS3 but we don't have numbers for it yet.

Wii U only had 7 days in the retail tracking period.

Posted:A year ago

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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology

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I think Microsoft has definitly tapped into what makes the gaming market tick in the US. Between exclusive dlc for Skyrim and CoD and the kinnect theyve made savvy investments that count.

Posted:A year ago

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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@Bill--Microsoft didn't get any exclusive Skyrim or COD dlc. Theres a DLC for Skyrim that still hasn't come to the PS3 yet because Bethesda can't figure out how to port it to the PS3. So that wasn't planned/suppose to be exclusive. As for COD, the only thing Microsoft gets is the DLC for a time-exclusive 2 month period before it also releases on the PS3 and PC. This is similiar to EA releasing Battlefield 3 DLC time-exclusive to the PS3 for two weeks before also releasing it for the 360 and PC. If anything I would say that Sony has been getting more exclusive DLC over the past three years or so, especially thru Ubisoft(always given the PS3 versions of Assassin's Creed extra levls or modes the 360 doesn't get) and EA( Battlefield 3, the last Medal of Honor and Dante's Inferno among other titles have all gotten exclusive DLC content that was never released for the 360). And despite all that exclusive DLC content that the PS3 versions receive the 360 versions still sell better in the US.

To address your other statement, I think that Microsoft just "gets it" when it comes to their consumers. Sure they love playing games but not many people sit around just playing games. We also like watching movies/tv shows, listening to music, talking to our friends and viewing the news, among other activities. Thats not to say that you can't do the majority of those things on a PS3 or Wii(well maybe not the Wii). It's that Microsoft was usually first to do it and arguably does it better than the other systems. I have a 360, PS3 and Wii but I tend to spend the majority of my time on my 360, not just because it has more games I want to play but also because it has all of the other entertainment I am interested in too. Furthermore, living here in the US you are much more likely to run into friends who have just a 360 or Wii than you are to run into friends who have just a PS3, atleast in my experience.

Posted:A year ago

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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.

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Paul, you can via Netflix or Hulu, just not via discs.

Posted:A year ago

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Bill Garrison Studying Student, DigiPen Institute of Technology

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@Paul timed exclusivity is exactly what I was refering to. My point is that the two games that dlc matters most for in the US market are Skyrim and CoD. Likewise Microsoft did this with the other biggest title of the gwneration GTA4. I realize Sony tends to get more exclusive content, however if you reread my post I said Microsoft made the investments that count. So the whole point of that statement is that the quantityof exclusive content is irrelevent if that contwnt isnt compelling for consumers. This truth is mirrored throughout Sonys first party titles as well. Killzone and Resistance combined couldnt muster a shadow of what either Halo or Gears do for the 360 individually. Even a few weeks of exclusive CoD content is worth a dozen free game packins or bonus levels in other titles. So basically Sony tends to take a kitchen sink approach, and blindly throw content into the market without a greater strategy.
To your later point the PS3 is far and away the better multimedia platform. It comes with free app use, a better interface for Netflix, and a blu ray player. But because gaming consumers care more about new content in key titles Microsoft doesnt have to compete with Sony on a feature by feature basis.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Bill Garrison on 8th December 2012 9:08pm

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