Kinect, Black Ops push GameStop to record holiday

Specialty retailer tops $3 billion in revenues for last nine weeks of 2010, but investors expecting more drive share price down; Assassin's Creed, Move, Cataclysm also strong sellers.

While most of its stores braced for wintry weather outside, GameStop found its sales heating up considerably this holiday season. The specialty retailer today reported a record holiday haul with across-the-board increases in new and used software, hardware, and accessories.

Investors heard it through the Grapevine, Texas-based specialty retailer.

For the last nine weeks of 2010, GameStop reported sales of $3.02 billion, up 5.4 percent from 2009's total of $2.86 billion, which was about the same amount garnered during the 2008 holidays. The retailer cited Microsoft's Kinect as one major contributing factor, saying the Xbox 360's motion-sensing camera peripheral pushed new hardware sales up 7.4 percent to $670 million for the period. The PlayStation Move also received a nod from GameStop, as the PlayStation 3 motion-sensing controller was attributed--along with Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Cataclysm--as helping push the retailer's accessories, PC games, and miscellaneous category up 15.9 percent to nearly $405 million.

New software sales were also strong for the retailer, up 3.3 percent to $1.34 billion. GameStop said the growth was driven primarily by strong showings from Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles, with Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood singled out for praise. Used game sales were the slowest-growing segment of the business, up 1.7 percent to nearly $607 million.

While GameStop's figures showed growth, they didn't show enough to please investors. As of press time, shares in GameStop were trading down more than 5 percent to $20.79. The retailer's full-year sales data is expected to be released in mid-March.

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blackace
blackace

@JulianBeamen420 @Blackace A PS3 Exclusive will win GOTY for 2011. Xbox 360 has nothing to compete with the powerhouse of Exclusives that the Sony Playstation 3 has. Blame MS for not having any Exclusives that will even stand a chance of being Contenders for GOTY. Gears 3,Starcraft 2 etc wont stand a chance. You all will be cryin once again when a PS3 Exclusive wins GOTY. In 2009 Uncharted 2 won,In 2007 Uncharted 1 won GOTY. So quit your whining ******************************************************** Is this guy for real? lmao. Is your e-mail address JulianBeamen420@Sony.com? Actually Uncharted 2 lost last year on this site. Demon's Soul won last year on Gamespot. lol!! You comments are hilarious though. Fanboyism at it's finest.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

lister82 -Fable- Don't flip a gasket guys. I own a PS3 and a Wii in addition to my PC. All I said is there is no reason arguing whether the 360 or the PS3 is more powerful when PC's are MUCH more powerful than both of them. IF all you care about is how powerful your system is, don't get a 360 or a PS3, get a PC. If you just care about gameplay, then it matters what games you'd prefer to have. If you can afford it, get all of 'em.

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

blackace i no right i mean iv been hereing this since the ps3 came out oooooo it can run better then a good pc ect. but i have yet to see this sony brags endlessly about its so called ture power but when will we see this right lol. then the sony boys say ooooooo Uncharted games are the best looking games ever made...........there nice looking but not the best the pc can make that game look much better fact heh

coylenintendo
coylenintendo

haha I love how the Kinect's numbers were shown but it just says the Move received a nod. I never played either but just goes to show that the Wii copy isn't doing so well.

FLUFF667
FLUFF667

@lister82 even if its true, between AA and resolution, pc gamers usually go for very high resolution and low or no AA, since it leads to an even sharper image without the blurry effect of the AA (AA corrects jagged edges by blurring them out). anyway here's an actual 1080p resolution from crysis( not a scaled up 1080 console crap) http://upload.wheel-of-games.com/gallery/original/pic_23.jpg not a huge fan of crysis( good-ish gameplay but rediculously high and DEMANDING graphics couldn't play on highest settings until my 09 upgrades :P) @julianbeaman420 one more thing... who the fudge cares on what system is the goty, it usualy is the developer who should be credited not the machine. next thing u should be saying is ur fiat punto is better than my lambo because u have jessica alba naked in the front seat.....btw if u do can i buy ur punto :P 420 all the way ;) !!! (also not reffering the lambo or the punto to either machine so don't go crazy)

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

@Blackace A PS3 Exclusive will win GOTY for 2011. Xbox 360 has nothing to compete with the powerhouse of Exclusives that the Sony Playstation 3 has. Blame MS for not having any Exclusives that will even stand a chance of being Contenders for GOTY. Gears 3,Starcraft 2 etc wont stand a chance. You all will be cryin once again when a PS3 Exclusive wins GOTY. In 2009 Uncharted 2 won,In 2007 Uncharted 1 won GOTY. So quit your whining

DrKill09
DrKill09

Gamestop need to die. I buy all my games at either a local shop, KMart or Target.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Blackace I can agree with you there, on the option of The Last Guardian possibly getting GOTY. I can only imagine how those guys are going to push the PS3's hardware, simply because they made Shadow of Colossus look better than a lot of titles that are out today! UC3 may also chime in, but it is going to be hard to live up to the extremely high bar they set for themselves. I still haven't beat the first Uncharted.

blackace
blackace

@JulianBeamen420 @Blackace If you think the games you mentioned have any chance of winning GOTY 2011 than your sorely mistaken. A PS3 Exclusive is goin win GOTY 2011 this year. I can just see all the Xbots cryin!!! ********************************************************** Didn't you cows said that last year too? Like I said, any one of those games has a chance to win GoTY this year. RDR definitely deserved that title, but it could have easily gone to Mass Effect 2 or Starcraft 2. I wasn't going to be a PS3 exclusive, that's for sure. Only PS3 game that has a chance this year is Uncharted 3 and maybe The Last Guardian.

blackace
blackace

@BillyColeman blackace well when can we see this power? of the ps3 becuse i have yet to see it run close to what a pc can do. ************************************************************ I have the same question. The PS3 is powerful, but not as powerful as a PC and it's processor. I've been saying this for awhile.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@JulianBeamen420 Will you get anything if a PS3 exclusive wins GOTY? You act as if you have a race horse involved, and you will lose money if it doesn't win! If your PS3 exclusive does win, I'm sure the rest of the competition is just going to pack it up, and call it quits huh? I'm hoping for a lot of great games to be released this year, no matter which actually gets the so-called GOTY.

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

@Blackace If you think the games you mentioned have any chance of winning GOTY 2011 than your sorely mistaken. A PS3 Exclusive is goin win GOTY 2011 this year. I can just see all the Xbots cryin!!!

BillyColeman
BillyColeman

blackace well when can we see this power? of the ps3 becuse i have yet to see it run close to what a pc can do

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

the gamestop in the picture is big. the biggest one i saw was probably the size of my room and my room aint that big

lister82
lister82

@Blackace Well I haven't checked CES this year, don't think I caught it last year either come to think of it. I wasn't impling that PS3 was more powerful than any PC that exists, but that it shouldn't be treated like any run of the mill console. The initial benchmark that showed that PS3 can handle a higher AA, but keep a good fps compared to high end graphics cards was last year. I assume you looked at what the tyco guy said, that his two year old PC was twice as powerful, that is what I responded to.

blackace
blackace

@lister82 @tyco_ex You don't seem to realise that PS3 can do things that high end pc's struggle with graphically, because of it's cell processor. If you don't believe me, just do a google search on it. **************************************************************** You do realize that there are PC's out there that are easily 3x's more powerful then the PS3 and Cell right? You can literally run 2 session of Uncharted 2 on a PC at the same time at a higher resolution then 1080P and it would still run smooth. The Cell is 5 year old technology. It's slow compared to what's out there now. No high end PC would struggle with any PS3 game you put on it. I don't think you've ever seen an high end PC running. Every game that runs on the PS3 could be run on a PC in a higher resolution with a faster and smoother frame rate. There's just no comparison between game console that are 5 years old and current PC's. If you checked out what was shown at the CES, you would easily know this to be true.

blackace
blackace

@JulianBeamen420 @parhar The 360 is the most hacked console to date besides PC. The 360 was hacked within 3 months of launch. PS3 was never hacked till now. I could care less if gamers hack there PS3 cause it doesnt concern me. At least PS3 has better exclusives than 360. Not to mention 3 GOTY Contenders that are PS3 Exclusive:KIllzone 3,LBP2 and Uncharted 3. 1 of these will win Spike VGA GOTY. ****box has nothing on PS3. *********************************************************** PS3 has been hacked many times since release. Pretty much everyone already knows this. [url]http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/ps3-hacked-to-accept-xbox-360-controller/[/url] There have been PSN accounts and the PSN network hacked as well. There will be many games up for GoTY next year, not just PS3 games. Gears 3, Forza 4, Diablo 3, Zelda, Mass Effect 3, Bioshock 3, etc.. will all have a chance. A PS3 exclusive didn't even win this year.

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

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FLUFF667
FLUFF667

@lister82 What? i'm finding it very hard to believe that ps3 can do things that "high end" pc's can't. i game on all 3 systems too and i never seen a game on either console having better graphics than a pc, even far from it they look average compared to it(and it doesn't have to be very high end pc).Another thing, the main reasons for people to think that a console is even close to pcs is because there are no more pc exclusives, and crysis being one the last ones in 2007, it has still no unmatched graphics to date period. btw both consoles are great and have their own great exclusives( can'twait for little big planet2 and gears of war 3) and its just plain stupid to flame about which console is better "my xbox has more exclusives,my ps3 has more synergic cores , my xbox is bigger than yours,my shlon...ow wait..wrong topic anyway they are the same.

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

@rasteror Really out of my 100 friends who have PS3's there credits cards were stolen via PSN. My friends and I have had our PS3's since Launch. So your facts are wrong.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@tyco_ex Yeah, but will it play Alan Wake, Uncharted 2, Killzone2, Halo Reach,MGS4,God of War 3,Forza 3,and possibly Gears 3? Like having a Bugatti with no tires. You have all that power but not much you can do with it.lol

lister82
lister82

@tyco_ex You don't seem to realise that PS3 can do things that high end pc's struggle with graphically, because of it's cell processor. If you don't believe me, just do a google search on it. Just because the PS3 is a console doesn't mean you have to sh*t on it. Sony are a respectable company that produces quality products. No fan boy wank here, I game on my PC, PS3 and my 360. Do some research first before posting.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@blackace I agree. You can still enjoy your hardcore games, like Gears, Halo, or COD, but Kinect offers a change of pace once in a while. My wife and kids love it also. I don't play mine everyday, probably once a week, but it's a fun way to get everyone involved, instead of trying to find 4 controllers for a rare split-screen game to play. A lot of people who bash it are also those who haven't played it, or gave it a chance. While I'm like most of those who would rather enjoy a controller based game, I don't think it is anything wrong with expanded your library with some different titles that offer a change from the norm.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@JulianBeamen420 You can't stay away from topics about the 360 can you? You have to come up here and spit nonsense. Find a interesting PS3 article and try not to think of anything Xbox. If someone purchased a 360 for you would you play it? Or would you actually act like you were allergic to it? Enjoy what you have and try not to convince others that what they have is inferior.

rasterror
rasterror

JulianBeamen420 PS3 never hacked? Are you kidding me? I remeer dealing with the PSN being down due to hacks and articles talking about it being hacked. How many credit cards were stolen over the PSN? I never recall Live being hacked. Down for maintenance and being over crowded but never hacked. And out of those games only Uncharted has a chance. LBP was good but not great and KZ2 was over hyped in my opinion and came out buggy.

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

@parhar The 360 is the most hacked console to date besides PC. The 360 was hacked within 3 months of launch. PS3 was never hacked till now. I could care less if gamers hack there PS3 cause it doesnt concern me. At least PS3 has better exclusives than 360. Not to mention 3 GOTY Contenders that are PS3 Exclusive:KIllzone 3,LBP2 and Uncharted 3. 1 of these will win Spike VGA GOTY. ****box has nothing on PS3.

JulianBeamen420
JulianBeamen420

1 PS3 Exclusive will win GOTY 2011. Its between Killzone 3 and Uncharted 3. Too bad ****Box has nothing to compete with PS3 Exclusives.

blackace
blackace

@GTA_fan999 Kinect sales prove that 360 is a kids console just like the Wii. ************************************************************* Kids console? I'm over 40 and love the XBox 360 games. Most of my friends and relatives who play 360 are over 30. There are definitely a LOT of 30 & 40 something gamers playing XBox 360/Kinect. Sure there are kids that play too, but they also play Move and Wii. Kinect sales just proves there were more casual gamers (of all ages) out there then we thought. I find Kinect is drawn to a lot more women. My wife, sisters and sister-in-laws all seem to love Kinect. They are all over 35yrs of age. It was a hoot watching them play, I'll tell you that.

xdude85
xdude85

Any business but GameStop, the only thing they're good at is ripping people off.

pagla07
pagla07

well none of the conversation below is even relevant to this article....remember the good old days when the comments section below every article weren't turned into flame wars....

Indyskater
Indyskater

360 going soft. It's a sad day in xbox land.

campbell153
campbell153

@blackace Good response mate... people need to remember why we all play video games... GAMEPLAY! Prime example... FF7 (probably one of THE greatest games ever created) Diablo1/2 (also one of THE greatest games ever created) and not forgetting GTA San Andreas which i own and play on my 360!!! These games are some of the few that have wowed me! Looking forward to Killzone 3 and TDU2 also Bulletstorm!!!

GTA_fan999
GTA_fan999

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-Fable-
-Fable-

@tyco_ex - If your PC is 2x more powerful then a 360 and ps3, I'm betting it cost 4-5x more then a 360 or ps3.

SumPro
SumPro

Good for them but I prefer shopping at Target, Kmart, Best Buy and get $20 gift cards with a new game purchases. I still can't get over my holiday purchase at Target, XBOX 360 4GB COD: Black Ops, BFBC2 Ultimate Edition for $217.xx out of my pocket money.

tyco_ex
tyco_ex

You can argue about which system is more powerful all day long but my 2 year old computer is twice as powerful as my ps3 and my little brother's 360.

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

Investors...whatever. How about money ingestors.com

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Kinect! 360! PS3! Move! you see what happens when you give us new awesome ways to play and games? we buy DUH!! lol i have posted this a million times but yeah mhm I will be getting my Kinect in a few weeks WOOT!

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

i like how you guys say that $60 is to much, when the price will adventually go down. im surpirsed that mw2 is like $30 now at gamestop. i wished i would of waited for that price to get it but oh well. but then again i dont really want to wait for dead space 2 to become $30 to get it -__-

ildvm
ildvm

casuals are dominationg lol

alexnollent
alexnollent

I've got both consoles, and they're both great :)

swamptick
swamptick

Remember when all the myopic Sony girls were telling us that Kinect would not sell well at all? They never get it right. Then again, their are more obsessed with the 360 than 360 owners are.

awheaten
awheaten

@TexArcane I second that. Newegg has its place, but Amazon is still the best because if you need to return something, the shipping is free. Amazon is the Walmart of internet shopping. However, be careful they do slip in some high prices in there some time, and you have to play the field with some of there products. But not all the time.

efunk25
efunk25

I love how a company can be pulling in billions and yet the stock will still drop. Just shows what a load a crap the Stock Market really is.

TexArcane
TexArcane

I stopped shopping at G$ a few months ago. Amazon's free shipping, no tax and pre-order discounts clobbers them.

blackace
blackace

@TheDarkSpot Hardware doesn't matter when you're having fun with the games. ************************************************************ That's complete true. I like the way you think. It's always been about the games. Doesn't really matter which hardware it's on as long as the games are fun and entertaining. The reason I buy more then one game console is specifically for certain exclusives I must play. A lot of people didn't buy a PS3 immediately because 1) The price was too high and 2) It didn't have the right exclusives on it that gamers wanted to play. When MGSIV was released PS3 sales soared because everyone want to play that one exclusive. It didn't matter that the PS3 had Blu-Ray or free online. That was a nice bonus, but it was about the game(s).

jhpeter
jhpeter

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fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

some of the rubbish people are talking here is halarious....especially about the processors. i thought that debate ended years ago after games like killzone and uncharted came out and more recently god of war and gran turismo (btw which is on GS most popular since its release) @ blackace "Why do you think Uncharted 3 looks pretty much like Uncharted 2" because its almost a year away from release? and btw it looks better given all the fire effects, added gameplay mechanics and destruction. "Even KZ3 looks like KZ2" because its a beta?? gears is a good game but i think your expecting a lot from xbox and developers if u think its gonna come near uncharted in terms of graphics. and % of power used doesnt mean anything. a game can use 100% of the ps3's power but still not look as good as a launch title if it isnt optimised.