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Xbox 360 leads Holiday console sales [Updated]

We all knew the 360 was doing quite well, but some of you may be shocked to learn just how well it has done recently. Not only has it hit around 9.48 million units sold globally (not far off Microsoft’s prediction of 10 million units sold by the end of 2006) but apparently this year the 360 was the best selling console over the holiday period.

This is great news. The Wii of course has been doing very well to boot although its sales figures are lower than those of the 360, but not by much and that is mostly due to stock shortages rather than a lack of demand. Interestingly, the Wii still goes for about double its retail price on ebay whilst the PS3 is now selling on ebay for about its normal retail price. This data only covers the US market but when Americans buy 2 million 360’s in one holiday season the rest of the world has to sit up and pay attention. More sales figures are to be released soon.

Update: IGN issued an update stating that NPD is not responsible for the quoted numbers above, and it’s now unclear how reliable CNBC’s sales figures are. NPD is releasing their figures the 11th of this month.

A big thank you to kissmygritz for this information.

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Comment by john trfc on 2007-01-03 16:32:58 | Reply

if fact ninty annouced they have sold 3.19million wii’s so far the other day

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-01-03 16:59:54 | Reply

I wonder when or if Microsoft will release the actual numbers for the 360’s sales. Nexgenwars isn’t totally believeable of course, they could even be a million out

Or half a million all the 360 fanboys hope of course (including me…)

IGN’s source is NPD which is absolutely totally reliable, we only link Nexgenwars because they make nice pictures of it ;)

Comment by The M.A.R.T. on 2007-01-03 18:01:00 | Reply

I bet the 10 million has even been reached.

Count with me

End of September: 6 million units were SOLD not shipped, but sold

November in North America alone they sold over 500k units.

October if I remember right, it was somewhere around 350k in NA.

That make about 850k in those two months, plus 2 million in December, almost makes 3 million.

Get the sales of Oktober, November and December for Europe, Australia and the rest of the world and we can all say that will be more then 1 million, I would even say closer to 2 million for sure.

Now 6 million + 3 (NA) + 1 or 2 (Europe/rest world) makes 10 to 11 million units SOLD

Comment by x El Scorpio x on 2007-01-03 20:06:42 | Reply

Yeah I suppose so, in July/August they said 6 million sold though and in this “holiday season” (?? to Christmas) 2 mill

Hmmm I’m glad I own a 360. Developers and publishers are gonna have a hard time ignoring a 10 million strong user base when considering platforms for their products. Which means even bigger and better titles heading our way.

Comment by The_Glovner on 2007-01-03 18:17:36 | Reply

So how many PS3’s have been sold then, is it only the 400K they got made in time or have they got more out on the market yet?

Comment by dabombar-z on 2007-01-03 18:56:58 | Reply

If MS loses this generation to SONY, they should consider dropping out altogether.
They could have exceeded 10 million months ago if they had gotten their launch right like Nintendo.

MS has no intention to drop out. For MS, the Xbox has never been ‘their foray in the gaming business’ but a trojan horse to get in people’s living rooms. It’s the control of the living room that matters, hence all the Media Center features on both 360 and PS3.

Games are the means, not the target. And that means they’re willing to invest A LOT.

Comment by kissmygritz on 2007-01-03 18:59:58 | Reply

“If MS loses this generation to SONY, they should consider dropping out altogether.
They could have exceeded 10 million months ago if they had gotten their launch right like Nintendo.”

That’s the mentality of a LOSER. When things get tough you just quit? MS has stated they are in it for the long run, no matter the results of this gen.

Comment by dabombar-z on 2007-01-03 19:26:11 | Reply

You can call it whatever you want but it’s no different if you are in a real fight. MS has everything going their way in this fight after getting KO’d coming in late last gen.
If you can’t finish off your opponent with this kind of lead and your opponent is on the rope just about down for the count, then this might not be your cup of tea.
Who’s going to take a two time loser seriously the third time…Not me.

They got KO’d last round? Come on, they came from nowhere and sold many millions. If it were their 5th console you might’ve had a point, but for a first entry it has surpassed most critic expectations.

Sega lost with the master system but won with the Megadrive (althought their sales were still lower than the SNES) - should we think of Sega as losers and not having an effect on modern games?

Comment by Malleus on 2007-01-03 20:50:28 | Reply

Look MS has been in the gaming business for years on PC, and these days the line is getting blurred between console and PC so they are gonna be around a good long time trust me. Plus they are a software company, games = software. Hardware is less important these days unfortunately Sony doesnt seem to get that.

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