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Xbox 360 is best-selling console in US in 2012, sells 1.4 million in December

By James Brightman

Xbox 360 is best-selling console in US in 2012, sells 1.4 million in December

Thu 10 Jan 2013 10:54pm GMT / 5:54pm EST / 2:54pm PST

Microsoft touts some great numbers for its Xbox business in the US

Microsoft has just announced that Xbox 360 closed out 2012 as the best-selling console, selling another 1.4 million units for the month of December. That represents more than double the amount of the second place console in the US in the month of December, and it's the 24th consecutive month Xbox 360 has held the number one spot in the US.

The company noted that Xbox 360 generated more than $1.27 billion at retail including games, consoles and accessories in December. And the month saw tons of Xbox software purchased as well, as Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles including Halo 4, Assassin's Creed III, Just Dance 4, NBA 2K13, Far Cry 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Madden NFL 13.

"We expect 2013 will be another big year for Xbox 360 and we're eager to continue to expand and grow the offerings available on the platform," a spokesperson said.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser

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No wonder they haven't been in a hurry to announce the 360's successor. I also wonder which system came in second, the Wii U, PS3 or Wii.

Posted:3 years ago


Rod Oracheski Editor, Star News

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Two straight years as the top selling console is pretty impressive, considering the lack of price cuts. I didn't think the idea of improving what's in the box while staying at the same price point would be viable for so long, but obviously it's been popular.

Posted:3 years ago


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

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Paul, almost assuredly the remaining sales order for home consoles was PS3, Wii, Wii U.

The 3DS would likely sit between the PS3 and X360 while the Vita and older portables would reside at the bottom.

Posted:3 years ago


Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd

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It's also worth noting that worldwide this is not the case. The best selling console worldwide by a wide margin is the 3DS, with the PS3 and 360 in a fight for 2nd place.

Edit: And a majority of the time the PS3 is winning that fight.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Nicholas Pantazis on 11th January 2013 2:36am

Posted:3 years ago

I am just amazed at the $5b loss for the combined two console platforms for MS - while they hold the top selling position. Really makes you wonder on the viability of that kind of business model without a recurring subscription addenda?

Posted:3 years ago


Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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Come on... we all know every single one of them are substitution for broken ones. Right, Mr. B?

Posted:3 years ago

The 3DS sold 1.25m in December, so it wasn't that far off beating the 360. DS sold around 400k, as did the Wii. Combined, Nintendo would have sold close to 2.5m hardware units in December, in the US. $1bn+ in revenue?

Posted:3 years ago


Paul Jace Merchandiser

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Thanks Jim. I have finally found sales numbers for the Wii U and Wi but none for the PS3. But I know it's between 475,000 and 700,000.

Posted:3 years ago


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