Microsoft has sent out a chest-thumping press release, boasting about new milestones for the Xbox 360, Kinect and Xbox Live. As of now, 76 million Xbox 360 consoles have been purchased worldwide, with a total of 24 million Kinects flailing their way into homes around the globe.
The hardware numbers are bolstered by 46 million subscribers on Xbox Live. Microsoft says this new figure represents a 15 percent increase in year-over-year subscribers – both free memberships and premium Gold subscribers are accounted here.
In a missive over on Microsoft's website, newly appointed President of Entertainment and Digital Media Nancy Tellem says the company is looking to launch 40 new custom Xbox interactive entertainment apps for 2013. It's quite a sign of the times if we're not counting games as "entertainment apps."
So 360 sales threads are allowed in this section now? Ok cool. When does Sony release its numbers?
Xbox 360 sells 281,000 in US during January
The console continues its dominance in the US market
Microsoft has just revealed in advance of the January NPD report that its Xbox 360 console has once again topped the competition, selling 281,000 units in January, marking the 25th consecutive month that Xbox 360 has been the top selling console in the US.
Overall, more than $338 million was spent on Xbox 360 retail (including games, consoles and accessories) in January, while Xbpx 360 held 44 percent share of the current-generation console market.
"Xbox showed incredible growth throughout 2012, almost tripling its entertainment offerings with nearly 100 custom, voice-controlled Xbox LIVE apps, and delivering users with 18 billion hours of entertainment. Xbox has sold three times the number of original Xbox consoles, with 76 million units sold around the world to-date," Microsoft noted.
Dang...just keeps rockin it.
Until the Japs stop refusing to buy an American console i can never see MS doing what Sony did with PS1 which is a shame.
xbox 360 tops consoles in us in february with 302,000 sold
microsoft's console continues its good adoption rate this late in the cycle
many of us might be thinking about the next generation already, but consumers in the us continue to buy microsoft's xbox 360 console, which topped the competition in february for the 26th straight month, selling a total of 302,000 units.
Microsoft's had an incredible run in america, outselling the competition each month, and it's expected that the company will be unveiling its next-gen xbox in the coming months (possibly as early as april). Sony, meanwhile, just held a huge press event in new york to start the buzz around playstation 4, which the company labelled as "the most open console ever." ps4 is confirmed to launch this upcoming holiday season, and many analysts believe microsoft will be there as well with its new xbox.
The point is, if you make something that's suitable for them and has things they want, it will sell.
They don't want a big controller because they generally have smaller hands, they don't care about online features as much as we do (Live), much less pay for them. They want lots of Japanese games, again something MS did not keep up with.
You can't throw something at them that they don't want. Just like we had PS users move to Xbox because it better suited their needs and interests. They probably wanted a better focus on online services.
Xbox 360 leads US hardware sales for 20th straight month
3DS also shows strong momentum at retail
Xbox 360 recorded the highest North American hardware unit sales for the 20th month in a row in March, according to retail monitor the NPD Group.
Microsoft's console moved 261,000 units in March, also marking the 27th consecutive month it has outsold PS3 and Wii in the States.While Sony and Nintendo didn't publicise monthly hardware sales figures, NPD said 3DS adoption grew nine per cent over last March.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime also told GamesIndustry Internationalthat lifetime 3DS sales stand at eight million units in the US after two years, one million more than DS managed in the same timeframe.
On the software front, BioShock Infinite was the best-selling game in North America in March,beating plenty of new releases including Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension to the top spot.
The 360 just keeps chugging along. I only have one friend who is PS3 only. Most of the rest are 360 only. A couple own both consoles like me.
I live in the USA and as long as the Xbox brand sells well here, I could care less if it bombs everywhere else. Kinda like American Football. Some people in Canada and Mexico care about it... but otherwise it's pretty much loved only by Americans and that's just fine with me.
If Americans made a console that was fit for the Japanese (meaning, not a huge controller) and had games japanese people wanted...and I don't mean like...5 or 6...I'm saying proper amount of games throughout the generation, had the reliability of Japanese electronics, I don't see why they wouldn't gooble it up (family guy reference).
Look at the PS3 in Japan, PS2 sold way better, wanna know why? Not enough Japanese games.
PS2 sold about 38m in 7 years. Xbox 360 sold about 42m in 7 years. PS3 has sold about 26m in 6 years.
It didn't sell as well. Why? I can think of a few things. The console just isn't for the mainstream US consumer. Now if PS3 wasn't priced that high and had a more competitive online service, we'd see a different scenario.
Do you know why they came out with the Xbox S controller? He he he he. Read sir.Quote:
I dont buy for a minute they dont buy the 360 due to it being larger than the small dual shock.
Notice that Xbox 360's controller is much smaller than the original Xbox's and it's still bigger than the Dual Shock 3.
Japanese people have small hands!
Now notice how Dual Shock 4's controller is larger than Dual Shock 3's and is it a coincidence that this console is being made by the Americans, and likely for the Americans? Why? They know US is a strong market as opposed to the Japanese one. They're somewhat appeasing more to the US market this time and leaving behind some of their brethren.
Most US subsidies aren't aimed at destroying competition. Farm subsidies for instance are in place to make food cheaper for Americans and not in place to hurt foreign competitors. Most US policy like that is actually aimed inward.
For some story of the farm subsidy for instance, there was none prior to the Great Depression. During the depression Roosevelt subsidized farmers not to farm so that food prices would remain high enough to keep small farmers in business. In the 70's that was abandoned for various political reasons and Nixon put into place the current system where farmers are guaranteed a certain price for food no matter what it sells for or even if the crops all die. The result of this policy has been that farmers grow as much food as possible which then drives down food costs for consumers to a much greater dollar amount than the total spent on the farm subsidy.
Extra food is exported which hurts foreigns competitors but food exports was not the goal of the policy, cheap food for Americans is.