Xbox 360 March US sales hit 261,000

Microsoft reveals aging console the top-selling platform in United States last month; total platform spend hits $402 million.

Microsoft sold 261,000 Xbox 360 units in the United States during March, the company announced today, citing data from the NPD Group. The platform was the top-selling console in the region during the month and has been the top US performer for 27 straight months.

Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 (hardware, software, and accessories) came in at $402 million, the most for any console in the US.

Life-to-date Xbox 360 worldwide sales currently sit at 77.2 million. Microsoft said earlier today that it sold 1.3 million systems during the past three months and reiterated that Xbox Live membership stands at 46 million.

Sony and Nintendo have not announced sales for their platforms. The NPD Group will announce full March sales later today.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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blackothh
blackothh

I find it interesting that people are not waiting for the new one to come out.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

The thing has had next to no games coming out for it that were exclusive the past 2 years. It's been a kinect box the past 2 years and the mas market has bought it. Oh, wait that's the reason. Gamers aren't buying it, the mainstream consumers are for kinect. Nevermind.

pisoni94
pisoni94

i thought sales would slow down with the ps4 and xbox720 rumored to be released this november,december

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

"... the most for any console in the US."

Yeah. When you're the ONLY device in the world charging a toll for all Internet activity and you have such a large community of people who don't mind paying for a scam, you see lots of $$.

SSJMonkey
SSJMonkey

@blackothh Everyone who already knows about 720 coming out this year either already has a 360 or they don't want one. The people still buying them are casual gamers and oblivious parents who wont know about it until they start airing TV commercials.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@blackothh The majority of gamers arent checking the oldest news.The time they will know that there will be a new Xbox will be after the 21th of May(rumored date).
I see no "massive" drop in sales number from PS3 consoles after Sony announced the PS4.

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@xOmniCloudx And don't forget the mainstream consumers bought the PS3 for the Blueray Player only ... and mainly the occasional game. See how silly you sound. "NO SOUP FOR YOU."

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@xOmniCloudx You talking like being a mainstream consumer is something bad. And which console is "gamers only" by your meaning?
I know only of one,Neo Geo AES.

tazdevil33
tazdevil33

@pisoni94 I am looking forward to when the ps4 and next xbox or whatever it is called is released and the graphics are shown to be nowhere near as good as all this promo pre rendered crap they keep showing.

the only gameplay footage they have shown of PS4 titles were running on Pc governed down to Ps4 specs.

Nothing has actually been shown running on PS4 hardware as yet.

It just seems to be very similar to before PS2 was released it was touted to be toy story graphics ability which we all know never happened. Hell the PS4 and next Xbox won't reach Toy story graphics ability either though it will be a lot closer than current consoles.

it's highly likely most games won't look a hell of a lot better than current consoles other than higher resolution for some time.

I think this time early adopters will come away pretty disappointed.

Even Sony themselves are only talking 2 terraflops of performance from PS4 this is not exactly stellar.

marvelx3
marvelx3

@Hvac0120 are you mad bro? I would pay double for xboxlive than to settle for that free psnetwork crap.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Hvac0120 You act like MS is forcing us to pay! People see value in that what MS has to offer and must be doing soething right.
You and others see value in other product and that is fine.
There is no need to insult people coz of a different choice mainly coz there is enough sh#t going on your gaming plattform for sure.

tazdevil33
tazdevil33

PS3 Cell was 1.8 Terraflops to put that into perspective.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@marvelx3 I'm not mad. I didn't say anything to the credit or discredit of the PlayStation network.

You are missing the point. And if you don't get it by what I've already posted then you just not capable of comprehending the ethical issues at play.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Why should someone who doesn't play games online be required to have XBl Gold to browse the Internet with Internet Explorer, listen to music on Last.fm, or watch movies on Netlfix?

This is where people are scammed. You don't need XBL Gold to do this stuff. Microsoft forces you to pay if you want to use that functionality on an Xbox 360. This is the ONLY device in the world that charges a toll for accessing the Internet on an already-paid-for Internet connection.

There is a line that should be drawn between XBL services that should require Gold and the rest that should be open to every Xbox owner. Microsoft ignores the line and forces everyone to pay no matter what online features they want to use.

The are a lot of people out there paying for XBL unnecessarily. Who would not otherwise be paying for Live if something as simple as Netlfix ran for Silver members. These people are being scammed.

For those of you who pay for Live and use online multiplayer and chat, you don't see a problem because these look like bonuses to you. Your perception is obscured. There are some real ethical problems with the current structure of XBL and its sad to see so many people continue to support it and even worse to try and justify it.

tazdevil33
tazdevil33

@sladakrobot @Hvac0120 There is the other issue that there is actually far too much choice with PC gaming . Quite often I just look on steam and by the time I wade through the list of what to buy I decide to save it for something else.

Add in various other sites where you can buy old games and often it is near impossible to work out what to buy or not.

it is a case of being spoilt for choice. I always felt rather gutted in comparison there is barely anything of interest constantly on consoles. certainly not back like in ps2 days. I was in a gamestore today and picked up some old Ps2 titles for my ps3 and they had 800 2nd hand ps2 titles to choose from > That was epic :).

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Lordcrabfood

Considering I work 1 job, own a house and two vehicles and support a stay-at-home wife and 4 children on my salary - I am not poor. I am budget conscious, though.I may have the money to waste on XBL, but I don't because that money is best spent elsewhere. I'm not sure if you think this is a joke or what, but it's not funny to insult people who are less fortunate than you. Maybe some time working a food bank or doing community service will open you up a bit?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@obsequies How do you explain the MANY console ports on PC? Dead Space? GTA 4? Assassin's Creed? All of the older game re-releases, Silent Hills, Resident Evils, Fable games. the previous GTA games. The list goes on and on. Seems microsoft can't make its own games, but most developers can't be bothered with PC full stop. 

Doesn't matter how good the graphics are, if the games are console ports, the game will be identical if not worse to play on PC. Why would I want to pay through the nose for graphics like Crysis 3 anyway when the games were pathetically boring? Sure games like The Witcher and any RTS have origins in PC but even The Witcher 2 came out on Xbox, won't be long before they get a taste of the console blood, saturated in cash and they will be toning the graphics down for console as well. They always do.

obsequies
obsequies

@sladakrobot @obsequies I don't play pc ports on console..I play native console games on console..and pc games on pc. The 360 is littered with pc ports because it's microsoft and they can't even develop their own games OR hardware. They are basically a financial publisher for a closed platform

obsequies
obsequies

@sladakrobot @obsequies k your not even making sense

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@obsequies Yeah beacause on your gaming plattform you play a port which is actually better than the original pc game.Please name me that console.
And by calling me stupid there is no more reason to argue with you.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@obsequiesNo,no.dont start that "my games are better then your games" argument. That is a highly subjective opionion and cannot be used as an argument for everyone.The average quality of games on X360 is good as on any other plattform.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Hvac0120 look at these two idiots. Making assumptions about people who believe money is better spent elsewhere just to make themselves feel better about their precious network. At the end of the day we play online just like they are, but of course morons will never understand and will look for any sort of justification. Very pathetic. 

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Lordcrabfood you miss the point. I can afford the $5 a month. I just don't see any value in doing so and choose to spend my money elsewhere.

It's sad that the only way you can communicate your opposing thoughts is by trying to insult and offend.

marvelx3
marvelx3

@Hvac0120 dude, you seriously don't get the point. There are about 40 million people who would rather pay for xboxlive than to settle for that free psnetwork crap. some are fortunate or less fortunate than you..more or less. I own a 360, ps3 and a high end pc. so far, the ps3 is gathering dust because the last games I played on that console was uncharted. M$ have been successful because they offer a service that the masses find entertaining and worthy of a $5 a month budget. We all know that anything that is offered free definitely has some serious issues...hence the free. offer

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood Yea I've experience both as well dude aside from the chat option I saw no difference when I was playing.  I play online just as you do. It's you that is so used to being ripped off that you have put XBL on a godly pedestal to make yourself feel better. What I find hysterical all you Xbox drones can say how it's "SOOO MUCH BETTER" yet when asked to give reasons, it always seems to be a massive struggle for you guys. You fools are all the same lol. Trust me, I've seen it so many times. Oh yea, must I remind you I play online, you know, the exact same thing YOU pay for?  LOL

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@thebeachguy90 @Lordcrabfood lol  I HAVE EXPERIENCED BOTH.  MS destroys psn.  If you are easily pleased then good for you, actually its probably a blessing in disguise as $60 matters to you, you are used to the lesser things in life.  I am not sure why you think attacking ms means anything to me.  They could go bankrupt tomorrow for all I care.  The service from ms is infinitly superior, that is why I prefer them. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood  Ha, narrow minded fools and their weak ass arguments. Still nothing to backup your statements. Yea, I'll have fun doing the same thing that you're paying for. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood Better? Take away party chat and you have two very identical online gameplay experiences. I also have first hand experiences with both.  Like I said, you xbox fanboys will take anything and put it on such a ridiculous pedestal to justify your subscription.  At the end of the day we're still playing online for FREE. No one is jealous, that's only another one of your crappy assumptions to put down people who refuse to pay to play online. Funny after a few comments of saying how godly XBL is you still have nothing to back that up. 

Yes PS4 will have more paid services, but Sony makes their subscriptions optional NOT mandatory. How about the "always online"  rumor for 720?? Guess you haven't seen the outrage from the Xbox gamers. Only a pathetic corporate ass kisser still agrees with M$'s shady practices at this point in time. 

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@thebeachguy90 @Lordcrabfood You just don't get it.  Now try to understand, THE FEE IS A NON-ISSUE.  $60 a year means nothing to me and I will happily pay for a better service.  Yes, xbox live offers a significantly better experience then PSN.  I own both systems so I know from personal experience.  PS fanboys like you seem to think it is some sort of rip off but when the service provided is better and at such a minor fee, I think it is just jealousy.  Sony are the kings of stealing ideas though so you can expect a similar paid experience from them in the future, lol too late, ps +.  I just do not understand why you ps fanboys all say the same crap, you bring up RROD which is no longer an issue and paid on-line which for most people is also a non-issue. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@LordcrabfoodThis has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether I am able to afford it or not. I don't know why you morons keep using that broken logic.  I can sign up for multiple XBL accounts if I really wanted to, but why should I pay to play online when it's already offered for free?  I and millions play online on PSN just fine so don't give me the "PSN sucks" bulllshit.  So might as well not spend my money where it isn't needed.  Your pathetic assumptions about financial difficulties just because some people believe their money can be put to better use is out of pure narrow mindedness. Pitiful. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood This has absolutely NOTHING to do with whether I am able to afford it or not. I don't know why you morons keep using that broken logic.  I can sign up for multiple XBL accounts if I really wanted to, but why should I pay to play online when it's already offered for free?  I and millions play online on PSN just fine so don't give me the "PSN sucks" bulllshit.  So might as well not spend my money where it isn't needed and put it to better use.  Your arguments are out of your own narrow mindedness.  Pathetic. 

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@thebeachguy90 @Lordcrabfood Well it is a better service and a hell of a lot more reliable.  I find it funny how there is now a PS plus and the rumour is that the ps4 will have a mandatory fee for on-line.  I really hope that is the case, you may have to get a second job then.  If you can not assertain the potential repercussions for a dwindling market share then you are even more unintelligent then I initially assumed.  Just because $60 a year is an issue for you, does not make an issue for everyone else.  Don't place your own limitations on others.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@Hvac0120 You are the one that comes into an atricle about how well the 360 is selling and then whinge about paying an insignificant sum of money for xbox live.   That is just plain pathetic.  $60 means nothing to anyone that is even half successful, you can even get it cheaper if the money is an issue.  You can pick it up for $30 if you shop around.  I would leave if I was you as well and take your nonsensical arguments with you.

Albaficas
Albaficas

@inaka_rob superior service ? dude we r not in 2007-08 anymore


ps+ surpassed xbl just deal with it

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood Yea such a "better service" paying to play online when everyone else is already doing the same for free.  it's clear that you've gotten so used to taking it from behind from M$ you don't even know you're being ripped off.  M$ just loves clueless fools like you. Market share?  What the hell do I care? I'm not a Sony executive, I'm not involved in their business. What a sorry attempt at making me question my choice of console, if anything you've just done the opposite. 

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

@Lordcrabfood I never said anything about PSN. Your statistics are inaccurate and your opinions are subjective.

You are an ignorant person. I have provided a good synopsis of why I believe XBL Gold is a scam. You either understand it or you don't. You don't have to agree with my opinion.

Don't make assumptions about me. I won't continue to entertain you with responses.

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@thebeachguy90 $5  a month for a better service then psn.  I happily pay that small sum.  You ps fanboys are quite sad.  I know it is upsetting for ps fanboys this gen.    Yes ms has better multi-plat performance, yes ms took away 50% of sony's market share this gen.  Just try and have a  little dignity in defeat.

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@thebeachguy90 Oh you're so stupid you're funny ... come on now, everything you've said has been said and it's getting very old ... or is it just sour grapes?

tazdevil33
tazdevil33

@thebeachguy90 To me I would only feel ripped off if I wasn't happy with what I had outlayed ongoing. I know people say Pc is expensive but in the end you will have much more enjoyment and the individual games are so much cheaper. Over the years it will work out no more expensive than owning a console.

Unlike a console you get fantastic opportunities to buy 5 top indy games for say $4.00 to help a charity.

You also can't buy top games a couple of months old for $10 during sales on consoles.

The Pc community is massive and despite a decline in actual PC sales there doesn't seem to be a decline of people who actually use them on line.

I will always opt for PC first as it is an open system and most devs encourage modding and love to see the creation which is stifled on most console titles outside little big planet.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@inaka_rob So all that hype just for a chat feature?  A mere chat feature justifies $60 a year? Wow, I guess you guys will put whatever you can on a pedestal to make yourselves feel better. Desperate times.

obsequies
obsequies

@inaka_rob @thebeachguy90 I think its a rippoff because the majority of games played online on the 360 are ports. People are either buying indies, playing inferior pc ports, or playing halo..which is a rippoff of Doom aimed at kids 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@thebeachguy90 by ripped off, you mean being offered a supieor service for a small fee. Hmm two years cost me 60$ dived by 24, hm 2 dollars and 50 cents a month to have a much better online experience and not only be able to chat with my friends easily and while we decide to play the same game, different game, or swapping games out all with out being discounted  with chat quauitly 4 times that of the ps3. I am very happy that it only cost 2.50 to be able to chat with my friends. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Lordcrabfood Oh yea we're poor because we're too smart to be ripped off and you're not. Nice logic you got there sport.