Xbox 360 crosses 57 million units worldwide

Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb reveals new sales milestone for Microsoft's box.

Nearly six years after its launch, Microsoft continues to sell millions of Xbox 360s every quarter. Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb revealed via Twitter today that the Xbox 360 has now crossed 57 million systems sold worldwide.

Over 57 million served.

Microsoft is pushing to add to that tally for the holiday season, with various new hardware bundles. Gears of War 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 have their own specialized console bundles this year, and the introduction of next year's Star Wars Kinect will see the release of a R2-D2-styled console. The Redmond-based company also recently introduced two new holiday console bundles, running $299 with two games, and $399 for two games and a Kinect.

Microsoft's latest tally puts the Xbox 360 slightly ahead of the PlayStation 3, with Sony reporting lifetime sales through September 30 of 55.5 million units worldwide. Nintendo sits out ahead of both HD system holders with its end-of-September financials pegging the Wii at 89 million units sold worldwide.

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thew13
thew13

@ResponsibleGame My post mentioned the Wii. My point was that the sales of the consoles and opinions of fan(boys) of each must be compared to what was expected before any of them launched. The PS3 was expected to be the runaway sales victor and most people(especially GS posters) thought the Wii was a joke. So basically expectations were turned upside down. That is why I find it funny when someone posts that the PS3 really is ahead of the 360. Ahead/behind/tied, who cares. If expectations have come true it wouldn't be a contest. But really who cares as long as they all have a good base (as they all do) then it is good for the video game business as a whole

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Phatjam98 Hmmm.. I see your point. But then look what happened to Tom Cruise in the last Samurai... He started out that way, then turned to the other side.. and then got shot by a gattling gun. I'd be careful if I were you!

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Hig1134 Google is a great thing, a simple google search will bring you up to date on actual fail rates. PS3 slim has a fail rate of around 0.8%, 360 slim has a fail rate of 1.1% @laplace985 For you and others info, if a 360 fails, you simply send it back to MS and they give you a new one or fix the old one. How do I know this? I've done it twice. Hmmmm, so either you are dumb and just buy a new one, or you are simply spouting about things you know nothing about.

laplace985
laplace985

I mean with a 30 percent failure rate they should be selling more than any system.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@Phatjam98 Yeah...cuz we all know the PS3 is just as notorious for hardware failure as 360 is. LOL. Here's a fact, just because you type something, doesn't mean the person reading it doesn't know better. Have fun with your no hard drive arcade piece of garbage. lol

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@warhawk-geeby Oh easily American Marine. I'll take a gigantic gun, land mines, and vehicles over a sword any day! Commander Shepard beats everyone anyway! LOL

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Hig1134 Uh huh... sure... could you point me to those stats for the systems out in the last 3 years? Cause I have 3 xboxes in my house. One super old one that did in fact RROD on me 2 times(both times repaired or replaced by MS for free, shocking I know free) One Arcade that is 4 years old and not a single problem, and the Halo Reach special edition which runs perfectly. So... check your fail stats online between PS3 and Xbox over the last 3 years and you'll see... they are almost identical. ;) Facts... dontcha hate em? LOL

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Phatjam98 You seen what we've started on here?? Haha! And that all depends on how you view the consoles... American Marine or Japanese Samurai Ninja Warrior? ;)

Hig1134
Hig1134

@Phatjam98 .....oh they're still happening. Oh yes...

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Hig1134 LOL you are too funny. The PS3 hack that happened months ago, is ancient history too you, but the 360 failures that happend years ago is still on the tip of your toung. LOL that's rich

Hig1134
Hig1134

@ResponsibleGame PSN being hacked is a thing of the past, and all you have to do is use psn cards anyway. There's nothing to worry about.

ResponsibleGame
ResponsibleGame

@Hig1134 - I was referring to Halo . Sure , Killzone 3 was great , but then again , it was'nt revolutionary like Halo . And honestly , if there's one thing i learned after becoming a member of gamespot is that fanboyism can be such a pain . Anyway , we'll see if the Playstation 3 can overtake the 360's sales by the time Halo 4 comes out because if it does'nt , then i'm afraid it will remain the least-selling seventh-generation console.Oh , and one more thing , 360 users may have to pay in order to experience benefits such as Online Multiplayer , but atleast we can breath a sigh of relief due to the fact that we enjoy a greater degree of security as opposed to our Playstation counterparts......

Hig1134
Hig1134

@ResponsibleGame Killer app?!?! Do you mean Live? If not, I'm not sure what you mean. If you think a pay to play online service is such a great thing, good for you. Even if live is better, who cares? I play online too, and for free. 360 could use more exclusives, face it. Halo was great on Xbox, but now it's among a sea of shooters. And we all know the graphics king of shooters on home consoles now is Killzone 3.

ResponsibleGame
ResponsibleGame

@Hig1134 - No , i mean that the PS3 does'nt exactly have a killer app like the 360 ( and i'm sure you know which one i'm talking about ) . Sure the PS3 has multiple exclusives to boost its sales and reputation , but then again , it needs EXCLUSIVE(S) whereas the 360 needs just one game to boost its sales and generate a fair amount of interest among gamers. We saw that in 2007 and considering Microsoft's aggresive marketing strategy , not to mention the expectations for a game of that scope and popularity , i'm sure we'll see that happen again next year . And please the article published is about the Xbox 360 which pertains to Xbox 360 owners , so please , i kindly ask you to keep your opinions and fanboyism to yourself . As it is , we have enough and more mindless debates in our world , so let's just be sensible and enjoy the sheer joy that gaming has to offer . :D

Hig1134
Hig1134

@Phatjam98 I wouldn't be talking about "to the death" anything with your notorious for breaking down 360. Here's what would happen in the cage match: ...ding ding ding, 360 has a hardware failure, PS3 FTW!!!!....crowd goes wild.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@ResponsibleGame OK...so you're basically saying that PS3 has the quality too, with GT5, Uncharted, God of War...etc. As well, they have more exclusives. So, in conclusion, quality and quantity is better than just a small amount of quality. Thanks for clearing that up.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@warhawk-geeby Naw, I dont mean to get on your case. Like I said, it is an opinion and everyone is entitled to their own. If you like the PS3 library better I'm glad you have a PS3 to enjoy the games. I think it is important to have 2 systems to cater to different tastes. I am more of a PC gamer and the 360 and orig Xbox delivered games that felt like PC games, where as the PS3 has always felt like a console to me. For me that is the reason I prefer 360. So, Rock on with your PS3, and I'll keep on keepin on with my 360.... but I still reserve the right to claim my 360 would win a to the death cage match against your puny PS3! WUAHHAHAHAHAHA LOL

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Phatjam98 Yeah apologies for that one.. I did actually mean to type "My comment wasn't regarding individual.." yadda yadda yadda. I know review-wise the 360 games generally out perform - quality over quantity and all that, but I'll still stand by my original argument that for an overall library Sony's platform has more to offer. ANYWAY. We'll agree to disagree ;)

DilPower
DilPower

@phatjam98 There is no debate; you're the type of idiot that make gamespot unpleasant. Glad you're done it was already too much nonsense after your first post. I can see I'm not the only one fed up with your stupidity reading the posts below you really have a way of sticking your nose in everyone's business in incredibly unpleasant ways. Gosh you worked for a dev and are still such an idiot? Helpless... Haven't you ever heard of promotions on pre orders for example??? If anything they just increase the dev's profits! Once more, glad you're done. Now do us all GS users a favor and mean shut up.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@DilPower I'm done with you after this. 1st: I actually worked for a Dev. When prices are reduced on a game, the Dev makes little to no money on each unit and you are actually supporting the Publisher. 2nd: If you dont want information used against you like you dont play games very often if at all, in a debate, do not bring that up. It was you that make that public knowledge not me. 3rd: XBL was not hacked in the same way PS3 was hacked in any way. There were no credit cards stolen and it effected almost no one. The only time XBL went offline was Durring Xmas of 05 and they didn't expect as many players to connect. Over a 2 week period they added servers and corrected the situation and since have not had a similar issue. 4th: You confuse arrogance with stupidity. You insulted me in your previous post about learning to read and then proceeded to make a huge type O that countered your insult. Then you attack me again with supposed facts that you clearly didn't fact check because they are half truths. And you then try and lecture me about how something isn't my business after you yourself injected the conversation with your personal situation information. Enjoy living your life thinking you should get things for free, or cheaper because you are special. Its not how the world works. But good luck living your life like that.

DilPower
DilPower

@Phatjam98 ...and since you seem pretty misinformed I'll do you another favor: devs do benefit from sales of brand new games even in promotion while on the other hand they do not profit in any way from the resale of used games. Nice hey? I thought a guy who's been playing games for at least 8 times as long as I have would no better... but hey? You're welcome! And by the way if I do not have access to my TV and game console most of the week it isn't any of your business but since you were mislead... again, I shall kindly rectify! I'm surprised you didn't know the XBL had already been hacked. Sure it didn't have the publicity the PSN did, but either way believing either is safe to put in info such as a credit card is feeding an illusion. But if it's a risk you deem worth taking, suits you. As for me, I'll stick to my prepaid cards. Perhaps I have been arrogant, but you brought it upon yourself buddy by repeatedly talking out of your hat.

DilPower
DilPower

@Phatjam98 You're way too emotional man, sober up!

ResponsibleGame
ResponsibleGame

@Hig1134 - I've got disagree on the fact that the PS3 has got the best exclusives . Sure , it's got great exclusives such as Uncharted , God of War , LittleBigPlanet , Gran Turismo etc , but so does the 360 . Gears of War, Forza Motorsport are exclusives that have been hailed as some of the greatest games ever produced . And if that's not enough , it's got a game that revolutionized the FPS genre , Halo . Quality is better than Quantity .

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@warhawk-geeby As I said, I respect your right to have your own opinion. But PS3's exclusives excite PS3 owners and fans as do Xbox Exclusives. I am much more interested in Halo, Gears, Forza, Mass Effect(up until recently), Fable, etc. than I ever have been about Little Big Planet, Uncharted, Twisted Metal etc. The best games tend to be those that come out on multiple systems like Skyrim, Fallout, BioShock, Deus Ex... So while it is valid to say you like the exclusives on the PS3 better than those that are on the Xbox, it is incorrect to state flatly that the PS3 has the Best Games for the general market. If that was the case, Xbox would not be outselling PS3 for most of the consoles lifetime. And you should go check out the reviews of games that have come out from the start of this Gen onward. You will find the 360 titles consistently out performed PS3 releases up until about a year ago when they finally balanced out. And if you look at recent reviews, the edge was given to PS3 not for visual superiority, load times, or game play, generally the edge was given because 360 had multiple disks, or the PS3 had an extra on the BR-disk.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Phatjam98 Don't we always have conversations like these? I said 'the best choice of games' NOT 'the best games'. My comment was regarding individual games and their review scores or how many awards they've won.. I was discussing how for the general market Sony's console has the most titles to offer. That was all. On that basis I'll agree with Hig, give it a couple of more months and the 360 will be sitting last. Microsoft made a huge mistake primarily focusing on the kinect.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@rolla020980 PS3 has more legs than 360 and will end up outselling it worldwide. Mark my words.

Hig1134
Hig1134

@Phatjam98 PS3 has the best exclusives, hands down!

Lord_Regnier
Lord_Regnier

Congrats! For all its flaws its still an incredible console and has helped change gaming for the better :D shame the original Xbox never got the same recognition.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@DilPower My bad, I did read your comment incorrectly you did state that you do not pay for XBL. Having said that, where do you get off? You have now said you support the dev's but you do not buy full priced games. How is that supporting the devs? Then you go on to state that 5 bucks a month is too much because you only play a couple house a month? So why are you wasting your time in this website? Clearly you dont have enough time to play games, why spend your time reading about and posting about them on here? And millions of people had their personal data stolen from PSN in one swoop. How many have been stolen from MS? You clearly think XBL is as vulnerable as PSN is/was. So you must know of a breach at MS that was on the same level as PSN. XBL is a fully paid service so there should be more credit card and debit card numbers stored on XBL's service. So if it is so vulnerable could you let us all know the secret hack attack that exposed millions of card numbers? And just to give you a bit of your nastiness back, "My suggestion to you is wisen up and "mean" your own business until you can learn to read" Oh I "Mean" my business... I "Mean" it good! LOL what a joke.

DilPower
DilPower

@Phatjam98 Are you dyslexic??? Seriously where did I say I paid for XBL? ...and where did I say I don't buy new games? I buy a lot of games new even thought not at full price as I choose to support the developpers yet respect my own budget. And indeed I never paid for XBL and never will. I love my Xbox but 5 dollars a month is a lot if at best I can barely afford to play it a couple hours in that given month (timewise). Of course I've heard of the PSN security breach but if you think that the XBL is a safer place to plug in your personnal data then you ain't too smart. Why would I care about the extra features??? Perhaps a per usage biling would be my suggestion to microsoft. My suggestion to you is wisen up and mean your own business until you can learn to read.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@warhawk-geeby I like that you somehow think the PS3 has the best selection of games. Take a look at game libraries from the launch of each system onward and you'll see that the 360 has the clear lead in quality games as well as better ratings for many of the games released on both systems. Only in the last year or so has PS3 stepped it up and started building a solid library for PS3. But everyone has their opinions and I respect that. I just don't think the facts back up your opinion on game library to-date.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

I'm glad to know the numbers, but you just have to wonder how many of these consoles sold are just replacements. I love my Xbox, but I bet a considerable amount of these sold are just that: replacements. Furthermore, one has to wonder how many more consoles Microsoft could have sold if the RROD was not such a widespread problem. It's sad, because in my opinion the RROD is the biggest blunder of this generation. The Xbox 360 is a great gaming experience, but the system has proven to be an absolutely terrible design. In the end, I personally hope Microsoft stays ahead of Sony.

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

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TitanVex
TitanVex

That is pretty impressive. Congrats.

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

Xbox also has a huge online base paying for the online service, a great arcarde, and attach rates that (number of games per console sold) that Sony and Nintendo are envious of. Nintendo might make more per console sold, but the real money is in the games.

rolla020980
rolla020980

360=Big win for Microsoft. More than doubling last gen's sales. PS3=Lose for Sony. Only selling a little more than a third of last gen. Wii=Big win for Nintendo... then again they are comparing it to the Game Cube. Here's the worldwide market share comparo (numbers from Wikipedia): This Gen - XBOX=28%, PS3=27%, Wii=45% Last Gen - XBOX=12%, PS2=77%, GC=11% I do not say these as a fanboi. These are sales figures alone and do not imply any higher or lower quality on the games, consoles, or online service.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

89 million Wii's gathering dust. Can't remember the last time I powered up mine. Still, what a staggering number. As for the "other two"... it's a great time for gaming. I currently have 8 recently released games I own that I am trying to play, all at the same time, and AT LEAST that many releasing now through Christmas. Getting gaming anxiety. Not enough time!

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Nintendo might of won this generation with the Wii cuz of sales But the real winners r the 360 & PS3 owners cuz we got the great games

sonicare
sonicare

Last generation the original xbox sold something around 23 million units. Hard not to consider the 360 a huge success in that regard.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Blank2k2 I'll agree with the download speeds being bad on the PS3, they are shocking. But the customer service is fab. I had to phone Sony the other week to swap over email accounts and had it resolved in around 2 minutes. There was no waiting on the phone and no confusion of details. Couldn't fault them at all. I didn't even get put on hold - brilliant stuff.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

What I find amusing is that Nintendo are way out in front (with by far the worst choice of games) 360 comes in a distant second (with a good choice of games) and the PS3 follows very closely in third (with the best choice of games) This time next year will be interesting to see that's for sure. We all forget how far in front Nintendo actually are - they've done excellent in terms of sales this gen :)

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

All that said, XBL Avatar Items are however ridiculous prices. Microsoft really need to sort out that, alot of people will buy clothing etc for 50p... only morons will buy things for £3-5.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

XBL vs PSN is a no brainer. Unfortunately for PSN, I've used it very seldomly since im a 360 user but on the occasions where I've used it to buy exclusive games & the occasional movie (due to my xbox at the time being very loud!) but whenever I've used it I've felt the sting of a "free" service every time, market searching is an abysmal mess, download speeds are horrendous, the ability to stream a movie is very hit & miss... you might get lucky, or you'll most likely end up watching the movie 7 hours later when your friends have gone home, and then PSN customer service is atrocious. (Infact, all of Sony customer service is terrible.) One things for sure, whenever I've downloaded games from XBL they've downloaded at full speed, or had a very good reason not to (i.e new release big name everyone's downloading) and I've ALWAYS been able to watch movies on the fly & Microsoft regularly swings the ban hammer to keep the service clean, and top notch customer service that have always answered the phone and sorted any problems / refunded any money / answered any questions.....and on top of all that, should anything unexpectedly go wrong with the service, we get compensated with free arcade games etc So, all things considered, I'll happily be paying the £4 or so each month for XBL - barely the price of a pint. Those complaining clearly don't understand what QoS means, and probably don't realize the butt-hole puckering costs behind Microsoft's extensive data centers.

steelmouth
steelmouth

i dont know what some of you are smoking but LIVE is making MS lots of money no way is it ever goner be free,so just accept that and take it or leav it on the issue of RROD i dont know but its would be interesting if a study was done to see how RROD helped or hurt the 360 sales,the number of people who repeately re-bought a new 360 RROD after RROD VS the people never bought the 360 fearing RROD and instead got a ps3/wii PS bravo 360 here is to hoping you retire @ 100mil or atleast that the xbox3 will break that 100mil mark

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Suikogaiden I agree with you, any idiot that buys avatar items deserves to be ripped off. But its their choice. Some people are into that kind of thing and while it clearly isn't my thing, I am not going to stop them from buying or MS from charging. And while you may be satisfied with 2 mil, that is only for you. What if you had thousands of people working for you, multiple child companies, side projects and the need to research and develop the next offering? What if your first product was good but in order to break into the market you had to take a loss of 4 billion? Or what about if when your product first came out you sold it for 126 bucks less than it cost you to make it? To me, it would seem that MS is simply following a good business model as they must recoup money lost on the previous system, R&D, and manufacturing costs, and then turn a profit to show investors(stock holders). I am not in the money myself right now having been laid off since Jan 09 and trying to find my way back to the work force. I pay only for what I feel is worth my money. If everyone started to cut XBL, or stopped buying avatar gear, the price would drop. Same thing with games and hardware. Do you actually think Sony or MS lower system prices because it costs them less to make the systems? Sure that is part of the business choice, but mostly it is because they see a slowdown of sales. They drop the price, or bundle games to make the item more appealing to the consumer.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Suikogaiden You reference Steve Jobs as a good model for not being greedy. Did you know that while Bill Gates, founder of MS, is now giving his money away full time Steve Jobs was against giving money to anyone. When he came back to Apple the first thing he did was to eliminate any charitable programs that were currently in place and it stayed that way until he died recently? Steve Jobs did not believe in giving anything away to anyone either for free or cheaper than what would make him money. Apple products are always more expensive than their competition. But somehow you think he and Apple are less greedy than MS? Clearly you do not know what you are talking about and you just want to get something for less or nothing.

holtrocks
holtrocks

Wow thats like a fourth of the population of illegal immigrants in our country.

ccputgat2m
ccputgat2m

89,000,000 wiis sold. that is impressive.