NPD: Xbox 360 US May sales hit 114,000

[UPDATE] Microsoft's current-generation console the top-selling home console in US for 29th straight month; total Xbox 360 retail spend hit $149.8 million; full report now available.

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[UPDATE] The NPD Group has now published its full report for the month of May, which provides greater depth into how the industry fared in the United States during the period.

The original story follows below.

Microsoft sold 114,000 Xbox 360 units in May in the United States, the company announced today, citing data from the NPD Group. The Xbox 360 has been the top-selling system in the US for 29 straight months now.

That figure is well below the 270,000 Xbox 360 units Microsoft sold during May 2012.

Total retail spend for Xbox 360 (hardware, software, and accessories) for May 2013 came in at $149.8 million, more than any other console, according to NPD data.

Microsoft's future ambitions may revolve around the Xbox One, but the company does not plan to abandon the Xbox 360 anytime soon. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said last month that he believes the platform will "be very vibrant for many years."

A redesigned Xbox 360 model was announced during Microsoft's E3 briefing last week and is available now.

Discussion

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alhussainnaseer
alhussainnaseer

im really happy because i bought the xbox 360 and if GOD wills i will buy xbox one

hordaak
hordaak

GO PLAY YOUR PS3...wait, dont. it will brick...HAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Navardo95
Navardo95

X360 is more gamer friendly than XOne.

truegamergod
truegamergod

 get a wiiu and ps4 you'll still come out a winner

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

I think it would have been nice to say that the 3DS was the overall best-selling hardware in May. The Xbox was the best-selling console.

bourne714
bourne714

And 77,311,669 sold to date.  Thats a lot of money....

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

I don't think I will be switching to next gen anytime soon console wise. My Xbox 360 hasn't been played enough this year so there will still be games I will need to pick up. GTA V is one of them.

blackace
blackace

XBox 360 sales should increase this holiday since casual consumers probably won't spend $500 for an XBox one. PS3 sales will probably drop as EVERYONE is getting a PS4 from what I can tell.

BLaverock
BLaverock

Everyone's buying a 360 because now they know the details on the Xbone and don't want it lol Might as well catch up on 360 games then buy a PS4 :p

Sonic2batt
Sonic2batt

Xbox One is probably priced at $499 so it'll make the XB360 seem "cheap" and they won't have to do a price cut. We can expect a PS3 cut soon possibly

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

The new model needs to drop in price. Once they make a GTAV bundle, that could tempt me.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Xbox 360 is losing a lot more strenght than the other current-gen consoles. Well, tables will turn when the next-gen arrives. Let's see how many suckers Microsoft will manage to fool with that Xbox One thing.

Tseng
Tseng

M$ Exec: "Quick!  Distract the community and our investors from talking about the Xbox 1 by releasing obvious and inconsequential information about our current console that is rapidly nearing the end of it's cycle!"

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

29th Months as the best selling console in the U.S.A is impressive. Xbox 360 will keep going if only to offset the slow uptake in Xbox One adoption. Microsoft releasing a third revision of the Xbox 360 is a sign that they will keep Xbox 360 around of a few more years. Unlike the 4 year short lifespan of the original Xbox. The Xbox brand is strongest in the United states. So Xbox One has a chance in the U.S.A but that is about it.

IceJester45
IceJester45

Remember five years into the PlayStation's and PlayStation 2's lives when the retail price of those systems were at $150 or less? We're nearly a decade into the current hardware generation, and the jokers at Sony and MS still want for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 what we paid at launch for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

soulless4now
soulless4now

Since ps4/xbone is coming later this year, it's probably time for a price cut for both mainly ps3 though. 

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

I actually went to look at getting a PS3 to play the exclusives last week and they are still $300. What THE f***? No wonder the 360s are still selling well when they are half the price of a PS3. I bought my replacement 360 last fall when my old one died for $150. He'll, I think the original one I bought back in '07 was only $300.

xLG_Atomix
xLG_Atomix

@blackace Im getting Xbox One. And so are a lot of people so no not EVERYONE is getting Ps4.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@blackace The 360 price will also probably drop to $200 for a 250gb unit bundled with two games. 

TURBO-BURNER
TURBO-BURNER

@BLaverock True, though it would suck if they try to block the Xbox 360 to get access online

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@Sonic2batt The 360 will more then likely drop in price for the holidays. I see a $200 price point, and Microsoft bundling it with two first party titles. Halo 4, and Gears of War: Judgement. 

blackace
blackace

@Sonic2batt M$ still needs to cut the price before the holidays if they really want to make a killing on 360 sales.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@JFERNANDEZ84 Only because most 360 owners played themselves out and unplugged it because gamers have a bad habit of having no common sense. There's nothing else to play other than PC,  with 1 of the last 3 PS3 exclusives over and done with in just a weekend.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@Tseng The NPD Group released this information. They do this every single month. You now look like a daft tart. 

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

@Megavideogamer I think the X1 will sell well. I'm not a fan of the bundles Kinect, or 24-hr check-in, but I'm a PC/Steam user, so I've grown  numb to most of the issues people have towards Microsoft. 

IceJester45
IceJester45

Microsoft really pissed me off by releasing the Xbox 360 in 2005 and dumping the original Xbox, which I think was just starting to hit its stride. 

If Sony could squeeze another year out of the PS2 in 2005 and 2006, MS could easily have squeezed another two years out of the original Xbox. That would have given Microsoft time to -- I don't know -- actually do some quality testing on the 360 before taking it to market.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

@jinflorida don't forget that just the american sales world wide they are pretty much even

fanirama
fanirama

@SerOlmy Yes, the Xbox360 pricing is far more lucrative than PS3 pricing because they have the $199 4GB console whereas PS3 has plain slim for $299 comparable to Xbox360 for also $299. 

Technically, for proper gaming Xbox360 is more expensive han PS3 when you add the cost of Kinect (or Move for PS), Xbox Live (or PSN or PSN+ for PS) and recharge kit for Xbox 360 (PS3 controllers are rechargeable). 

So although overall, Xbox360 is more expensive than PS3, they have a cheaper entry model and also the console is well made and more appealing. Sadly their online choices are not that good. Also, latest round of exclusives give the edge to Sony for Uncharted series, God of War, Last of Us etc. 

Personally, I think you should have both PS3 and Xbox360 at this point.


Now, next gen is another story altogether. It looks like PS4 only for me. I will never support the wretched XB1 stupid draconian model for gaming. No online only game or console will ever be supported by me. Ever. I'd rather play older consoles than next gen. Hell, PC gaming seems far superior at this point (which I do a lot of as well. Curse you steam sales)


Finally, PS Vita needs a price cut as well and stop the customer abuse on memory card prices Sony. Price the PS Vita for $149 or $199 with 32GB memory card and watch as the PS Vita takes off like crazy. It is a solid unit but has ridiculous price for gaming making it worthless to own currently.

TheSkyrimStatue
TheSkyrimStatue

@SerOlmy Do you like to squander your money or are you just ignorant of the second hand market?

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

@SerOlmy  i'll be stocking my 360 game library, for sure. 

however, if this gaikai thing actually ends up working and is issue-free.  um, at least, major issue-free with no lag, good quality,etc. then that will be a HUGE homerun for sony.

at the ps4's price and current policies, though not concrete, i can possibly support a brighter gaming future and get to play the entire list of playstation games.

sony is sitting on an amazing chance if they do it right.

shoot, if they do it all correctly, they can win the future in a sweep.

Tseng
Tseng

@MERGATROYDER@TsengFirstly, I'm a guy, so I can't be a tart.  Secondly, just because they release it every month doesn't mean it is interesting (and if you had any sort of reading comprehension, you would have realized that was kind of my point).  NDP collects the data, but M$ released the numbers.

"Microsoft sold 114,000 Xbox 360 units in May in the United States, the company announced today, citing data from the NPD Group."

This quote backs up my original post, and the fact that they talk about it every month makes my comment even more relevant in the 'who gives a crap' department.  Now who looks like a 'daft tart'?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@IceJester45 Nintendo's Gamecube released at roughly the same time as the first Xbox and was discontinued in the same year, but I agree that the Xbox felt oddly short-lived, but that's probably because it was Microsoft's very first console. With the Xbox 360 they were established as console makers and could take more time with it.

Sonic2batt
Sonic2batt

@IceJester45 Microsoft had a contract with Nvidia for the XBOX graphics chip that wasn't favorable to Microsoft, so they Killed it as soon as XB360 was released. This time there is no incentive for an early kill since they're profiting off the hardware , etc.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@MajinSquall @jinflorida Microsoft is American, Sony is Japanese and that sure shows when looking at sales in different parts of the world. Xbox is a hard sell in Asia, while Playstation and Nintendo sell a lot in Asia. 

It's good that the availability of broadband in USA is so high, because the Xbox One demands that. If Microsoft was based in another country, with more connection problems, they would probably never had thought of making such a decision, which might be why Sony didn't.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@fanirama @SerOlmy 360 controllers are rechargable bro and they stay charged 10x longer than Dual Shocks. I have to plug my DS3s in and leave them in for hours, every single day. I haven't had to charge a 360 controller in so long I actually stepped on a recharge cord and broke it because I didn't realize it was there. It's pathetic how inefficient the DS battery is, the built in battery, compared to the separately sold accessory for 360.

SerOlmy
SerOlmy

lol, yeah I'm going to buy a used console with no warranty and no idea how it was treated. I bought a brand new 360 over a year ago for $150 and the price of a base model PS3 is still $280, that's price differential is stupidly high at the end of a console generation. No wonder Sony cant move units.

udubdawgz
udubdawgz

let me even take it further:

if sony lacks backbone, capitulates and joins msofts future vision of the gaming industry, then, they will not only be forced to share it, but, more than likely, be second-fiddle.

if they show some courage and flex the huge muscles they have against msofts vision and actually do what's right for gamers and gaming (whodathunkit) they can dominate the gaming future.

digital can and should be an option.  however, msoft has already shown their cards. 

cloud and digital ONLY is NOT the best path to a better future.  not for gamers OR for sony.

let's pray they have perception and critical thought.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Hurvl @IceJester45 Though it felt like Nintendo stopped supporting the Gamecube around 2004, the system actually was the company's flagship home console until the Wii came out in 2006. The 'Cube had a five-year run as Nintendo's primary console, as opposed to the original Xbox, which was only given four years by Microsoft.

Still, I get your drift.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@udubdawgz Sony said they doesnt support online checks coz many countries dont have good internet.
So if those countries had good internet,Sony would go online drm aswell.