Xbox 360 outsells PS3, Wii U in October, 3DS tops them both

US Xbox 360 sales higher than PS3 and Wii U last month, reaching 166,000 units, while 3DS shifts 452,000 systems.

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The Xbox 360 outsold the PlayStation 3 and Wii U to become the top-selling home console in the United States during October, with 166,000 consoles sold, Microsoft announced today, citing data from the NPD Group. This is down substantially from the 260,000 systems sold in October 2012. Sony and Nintendo did not disclose PS3 and Wii U sales figures.

The 3DS, however, outsold both consoles and was the top-selling platform overall in October, shifting 452,000 units, Nintendo announced. This figure also includes 2DS sales.

Total Xbox 360 retail spend (hardware, software, and accessories) reached $283 million in October, which Microsoft said was more than any console in the U.S. Nintendo and Sony did not disclose platform spend totals for their systems.

Looking ahead, Sony will release the PlayStation 4 in a matter of hours, while Microsoft will release the Xbox One next Friday, November 22. Microsoft said today it will have more consoles available at launch than it has for any past platform release. In addition, the Xbox One launch will mark the "biggest in Xbox history," the company said.

Discussion

99 comments
nurnberg
nurnberg

I don't understand why the 360 sells so much in the US, when the PS3 is such a superior system on every level.  Is it because Americans think it's patriotic to buy a system from an American company?

lostmyaccount
lostmyaccount

I love the Playstation brand, but it's nice that an American made console is winning the current gen war. Merica!

razu2444
razu2444

So if Sony and Nintendo not release sales figures, how on earth do we know if 360 sold more?


WTF?

BarraKas
BarraKas

Uau..shocking news...oh its in the us lol

divinejester
divinejester

Sigh some things will never change, but Ill point it out once more. On the new york time best seller list, you have separate cateogories for fiction, non fiction, paperback, hard cover etc. Handhelds are not consoles, they should not be judged on the same list. So who cares if the 3ds outsells the others, they are apples and oranges.

Triton
Triton

Hey Ed,  FYI, one of the 4 mentioned in your headline is a handheld system. We will let you try and figure out which one it is.

Thetylander
Thetylander

Still trying to figure out why some people think Microsoft is evil incarnate. I personally remember what computers were like before Windows 3.11... How IBM PC's could only use authentic IBM products, how many languages and os there were, with none of them compatible with the other. Then, suddenly computers could talk to each other (except apple) in the same language. Just as suddenly, adware shareware and freeware groups started copying the os and building homebrew products based on Windows os and the internet explorer. Yes, they locked their product so it couldn't be stolen, yes they filed for copyrights and patents, yes they made a hell of a lot of money.  AND yes they had their failures and major screw-ups. BUT what exactly have they ever done that would cause them to be evil?

Is it because they are a big corporation and have lots of money? Is it their greed? Is greed bad? Let's just say you got a ps4 and have enough cash to buy two more. I don't have a PS4 and I want you to buy me one. Is it greedy for you to say no or should you be forced by lawsuit to pay your "fair share" to someone like me who can't afford one? Really think about that because it's happening in real life right now, not with games but with your income and insurance.

HenrySix
HenrySix

the article says in the u.s. 


lrn2read. article aint even that long.

lordtidus12
lordtidus12

the title should say IN USA. this is misleading. ps3 leads in basically all other countries.

djmellowd
djmellowd

And XBOX ONE will outsell PS4 :) Sorry SONY fan boyz and girlz :)

19James89
19James89

There's so much wrong with this article that I don't know where to start.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

In all fairness, they'd better outsell judging from my experience with Xbox vs PS3...


Day 1 PS3 purchase is still running


I WAS on my 3rd 360 before I decided to abandon that...

breathnac
breathnac

you cant say microsoft outsold them if the other companies haven't disclosed their figures yet...

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

I'm wondering why Microsoft aren't posting their worldwide numbers? Oh poor, desperate Microsoft.

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

Buh Bye 3DS and 360.

A new king has been crowned - PS4.

Greatness has arrived.

Dezuria
Dezuria

One word:  Pokemon.

lewiston71
lewiston71

Wouldn't surprise me at all if the 3DS outsold all consoles this holiday.  

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@nurnberg 

because for many years, the 360 was the all-around better console. for the majority of the PS3's lifespan, PSN sucked and multiplatform games had underwhelming performance on the PS3's "superior" hardware.

as for why it still sells well, products tend to move more units in their country of origin (which is why the ps3 dominates in japan).

and it's not patriotism. turns out the 360 sells quite well in europe, too.

rudolph101
rudolph101

@lostmyaccount Well, it's not out yet... How can you tell it's winning? Unless you're talking about the 360 which was second behind the Nintendo wii in sales...

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

@AggrandizedUser 

Glad I'm not the only one who noticed. There are three, so which two does he mean by "both"? Typical for an Eddie article.

telaros
telaros

@divinejester Because 3DS has reached a point where it plays like a console anyways. Even so far as to play old remade console games and creating many new ones. It's a PORTABLE console with a library of games with physical and digital games and many basic online features.

3DS is currently the most fun system out on the market right now. If you're just hardset on polygons and bitch about how you can't play it on a big screen TV, that's your loss. 3DS may not focus on FPS social gaming, but it delivers on all fronts as any other console in entertainment and fun and all systems share the same aisle.

3DS is a handheld *CONSOLE* and its backward compatible with all DS games. Though I mostly play games like Tales of the Abyss and Etrian Odyssey.

To each their own. But the fact that a HANDHELD as you put it is outselling all 3 'stationary bricks' in hardware alone goes to show just what the gaming market has been saying for years now. We don't care about graphics so long as we get the games we like playing. For you that can be FPS or Mass Effect. For others it can be JRPG and Puzzle games. Each platform has a legitimate place and all vying for the same thing. To be the GOTO place for people's gaming needs.

telaros
telaros

@Triton Guessing he should of just said 3DS outsells stagnant console market by almost 300%.

Yeah, 3DS just has better exclusives at this point :p

Triton
Triton

@Thetylander   Folks always seem to hate the one on top. You can toss Wal-Mart and Apple on the pile too. Guess being the best at what you do makes you a target and people want them to fail. Then they will pick on whoever replaces them and tear them down also. The funny thing is they would do nothing different if they were in the same shoes.

HenrySix
HenrySix

@lordtidus12literally the first sentence of the article. 

"The Xbox 360 outsold the PlayStation 3 and Wii U to become the top-selling home console in the United States during October, with 166,000 consoles sold, Microsoft announced today, citing data from the NPD Group."

lazy fanboys.

Merseyak
Merseyak

@djmellowd you know what though it wont in america it might do a little better but not globally

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@---Cipher--- My PS3 died during a system update.  And it wasn't even the update that bricked many PS3s earlier this past summer.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@breathnac Yes you can since NDP figures are retail sales - not units shipped which is all the console manufactures can produce.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

@Queuingreturns As much as I dislike MS, you sound like Bush declaring victory from an aircraft carrier a week into the war...

JOTLD
JOTLD

@Queuingreturns 3DS isn't going anywhere, it's wicked popular, and it's a handheld, only way its going out is if the Vita picks up dramatically ........bahahahahhahaha...ahem sorry, sounds to funny

soulless4now
soulless4now

@lewiston71 It probably will. That's the funny part. Vita and Wii U will be at the bottom, ps3 and 360 in the middle with ps4 and xbone coming in second and third place. 

danielmbg
danielmbg

@telaros @Triton I would say that 3ds has now a Pokemon game, everyone knows that's the reason it sold so much on October. Even I bought a 3ds so I could Play the new Pokemon, hehehe.

vinion2000
vinion2000

@HenrySix @lordtidus12 Meanwhile in the UK the 360 has long since become the greatest selling console of all time. surpassing even the ps2.......

vinion2000
vinion2000

@Merseyak @djmellowd actually internationally both systems have equal chance now. the PS3 was in many ways popular because the online was free and its DRM policies mix with its user account policies made sharing digital games very easy. the PS3 was a great choice for international gamers even if outside the major zones the online sucks compared to XBL.

Sony has a lot of brand loyalty and there has been a lot of misinformation. many people still dont know PSN+ is required for online on the PS4.  so i have no doubt it will sell well at the get go BUT if the online internationally is still crap, and Xbox can match the freebies of PSN+ there will be a real problem for Sony. 

breathnac
breathnac

@Sevenizz @breathnac yeah so why didn't they list Sony's NDP figures? You cannot just omit data and say one does better than the other...where's the evidence in that?

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@Sevenizz @Bellum_Sacrum Because it's an announcement from Microsoft, duh. You don't expect others to post numbers whenever one wants to desperately save face? If you're going to pretend you're doing well, you might as well go all the way.

angrycreep
angrycreep

@soulless4now @lewiston71 The holly days will go the same way. The first and second place are set and i think the  3DS  and Xbox 360  will take the first 2 spots and after that is the tricky part.  i think the PS4 and Xbox one will take the 3rd and 4th spot, is just a matter of whos 3rd and who's 4th, and then PS3 will be at number 5 and the Wii U in last place. The PS Vita might do even worst and steal last place from The Wii U.

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@mrseja1980 @blue_shift_91 @nurnberg  

wow. lol, no. more like 3 to 2. big whoop.

and i was referring to why it sells well. just because 80 million units sold is more than 79 million doesn't magically make 79 million an unsuccessful total.

 

bakagami
bakagami

@mylsd @AggrandizedUser @telaros and in many cases, they are competing for the same money, for example, I recently had a choice of buying a Wii U or a 3DS, I couldn't buy both.  I went with the 3DS, not because it was cheaper, but because it had more games that I want to play.  I'm not saying that my case is in any way indicative of the entire market, but I'm sure I'm not the only one who had do make a similar decision.  


telaros
telaros

@AggrandizedUser @telaros By your logic, that means we would all own a Wii U.

Look at PS VITA. Now back to the Wii U. Now back to the VITA. What does VITA offer you? 1) Graphics. 2) Sleek design. 3) Mobile internet. I mean, it can do graphics comparable to PS3 to an extent. But, it suffers in much the same way that the Wii U has suffered since launch. GAMES. It lacked anything worth *investing* in.

And for the record, no the 360 and PS3 are 200 bucks. 100 if you buy use for an xbox elite and like +20 bucks for the newer models. Price does not play into my equation when investing in a product. I went through two Xbox 360s. At the time it was worth it since I had a fairly good library of games and a lot of my friends enjoyed getting together to play some Soul Calibur 4 and while I'm not crazy about it even some Halo 2.

I recently bought a 3DS XL Pokemon X and Y edition. I already own the Onyx 3DS back when it was released some couple years back for 180 on sale at Newegg. Took a bit, but a few months later and I was hooked. 3DS was releasing game after game of genres that I loved: Fire Emblem, Etrian Odyssey, Tales of the Abyss, Luigi's Mansion, Shinmegami Devil Survivor, and many more action ones as well like Kindom Hearts Dream Drop and Steel Princess.

A LOT of great third party support, lots of ORIGINAL and most importantly, FUN games with GREAT challenges in many. It's not just for kids, they have hardcore stuff we don't even get on stationary bricks like the PS3 or 360. Most of the games actually require you to PLAY the game instead of sit through cut-scene after cut-scene wondering how much of the game is going to involve US the PLAYER to PLAY the games.

Mind you, I STILL have my old 3DS. But, having bigger hands than a child's, playing on it for over even 40 minutes with begin to make my hands hurt. This latest 3DS release was a great excuse to do something I been meaning to do for awhile. It was a great investment and even bought Pokemon X for my (not blood releated) Sister and Y for myself. And you know what? I HATED Pokemon Black, yet somehow this game feels SO much more immersive, like a TRUE rpg experience.

I don't know what to tell ya. But my ps3 and 360 have been collecting dust for some time. A lot of the games I enjoyed on these consoles have been available on pc, a lot of my hardcore gamer buddies are on over PC. I have no attachment to ps3 or 360 and many of the games that are worth playing on them weren't worth 60 bucks. Gamefly came in real handy for short games like Ashura and Metal Gear Rising vengeance. Barely 8 hours to beat either of them and the 'extras' weren't very attractive aside from the "beat the next higher difficulty" which I'm honestly bored to tears of since when a game allows it is essentially the mode i play on.

 I mainly game on PC these days in offline mode. Have a whole Harddrive dedicated to games I install from Steam. It's close 1200 GBs now of installed games. I love fighting games. I love RPGS both western and eastern types. I love puzzle games like Adventures of Shuggy and Cave Story+ is still my top favorites. La-Mulana is a trip, honestly wasn't expecting to enjoy it and I love that game's no hand-holding design.

Anywho, I bored you to tears enough already. Point is, 3DS is just as much a worthy competitor for any console on the games front and price, far as the Wii U goes, had been proven to not be a factor in what people buy.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

@Bellum_Sacrum Except they are backed by NDP figures that actually track retail sales.

Confusing, I know.

soulless4now
soulless4now

@angrycreep You have a point. I keep forgetting the 360 has a $99 model now so that should sell well, especially if there's a shortage of XBones and ps4s. The vita has a chance to sell more the original Wii, but parents are still confused about how the Wii U is a newer system so Wii might sell more than it. It'll probably be like Wii>Wii U>Vita sales wise.