Xbox 360 sales reach 75.9 million

Microsoft home console hits new sales milestone, with Xbox Live membership above 40 million.

Microsoft has now sold 75.9 million Xbox 360 consoles across the world, according to an updated sales chart from the company. This is up from 70 million sold by October last year.

Xbox Live membership stands at north of 40 million users, the same figure Microsoft announced months ago.

By comparison, the PlayStation 3 has officially sold in (that is, shipped) 70 million units as of November 2012, though a new report states as many as 77 million units have been sold.

Microsoft may soon usher in its next-generation Xbox. A previous report suggests the company will hold an Apple-style event in March to announce its new machine. Sony is rumored to reveal the PlayStation 4 at a New York City event February 20.

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221 comments
jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

This news article content needs the sales numbers of the other consoles to contrast with, as well as the attachment rate or tie ratio. For instance the Wii has outsold both MS and PS3 worldwide with great penetration in europe. But on that, the wii attachment rate is below that of MS and the games that sold the most were the heavily asian, japanese $15 dollar niche games so popular in japan. Sony, who has lag behind for years has now out sold MS in consoles, but has the worst attachment rate of the three.  

What has been big news this gen is that sony has done well in EU even though they have come out last in attachment ratio which is how consoles makers make money. Still though EU is considered the best new emerging market which is why I think they will go big before they go home. Microsoft has done really well in attachment ratio in Japan and EU even though their sales of consoles were low. Merchants know that MS can move software and it is becoming the hardcore gamers console of choice for new markets around the world. The wii and nintendo has a ton of money from the wii console sales but did not do as well in software, vendors in EU and USA got burnt it will take alot of good will for Nintendo to repair those ties. As for America, our gaming and development is still the 800lb gorilla in the room, but new large markets like EU, SA, AU mean a lot to console makers, while Japan sadly is in a state of apathy. 

If you want to know who won 7th generation it is microsoft and they won it big, with better penetration in emerging markets then they could have hoped for as well as strong adoption of XBL and digital content. While Nintendo came in last. And Sony is in need of a more focused game plan. (hopefully one where its CEOs are not constantly pulling resources and money from its games division to fund bravio tv and hospital equipment development).  While the PC market has made great strides because of the exteneded console cycle, if they weather the new console storm for the next couple of years, they will do really well 8th gen. Do not get me wrong - PC share of the gaming market is dwarfed by console but has still made a strong stride. While everyone thinks the PC will dominate the market - well just remember for every gaming pc built in rich america 20 new console gamers are starting in emerging markets abroad. And the profit or licensing fees made on pc software sales are alot lower then consoles. 

I think either way it will be a boon for gamers 8th generation and all of the current console makers will be around for 9th, but not sure in what form. 

TheZeroPercent
TheZeroPercent

so ms banks well over 1/4 billion$ a year "just off membership fees"?

tgwolf
tgwolf

I guess gamers are either too poor to set their sites as high as PS3 or else are just ignorant, because it doesn't take much to see that the 360 isn't even a contender in this war. 

blaze_craze
blaze_craze

does this number include the first sht-box 360 that we all paid for

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

IT's been OVER SEVEN YEARS and only 76 Million?  PS2 sold well over that much by this time.  

Both Sony and Microsoft are rushing to early to next gen. With the low cost people are willing to pay the games will not be that much different or better. In addition, now with so much pressure on how game violence affects people who play an increase in graphics, for better realistic blood and shredded  bodies will only hurt the industry which craves realistic looking violence. 

With pads, phones, handheld gaming, Steam box, Onlive, ouya, gamestick, it is incumbent for consoles to decide how they should work and their changing place among all the entertainment choices and what people want from a GAME on a console.

pedrote
pedrote

Why can't we be friends?

wolfsnyper
wolfsnyper

i wonder how many of those sales where to replace a 360 that crapped out!

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

::: Golf Clapping :::            Well played sir, well played. 

MuddVader
MuddVader

The comments for articles like this are so morose

yavix
yavix

Kudos to M$. I wanted to get a 360 but the PS3 just gave me more bang for my buck. I'll try to get both the nextbox and the PS4 this time around.

ibonedyourmom
ibonedyourmom

So basically 1.3% of people have 360. Call me crazy but that doesn't seem all that impressive.

TransvormerSCol
TransvormerSCol

Xbox 360 sales reach 75.9 million... and it won't reach this value ever again. hahahaha

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

Well, I like xbox - mostly because I have a windows phone and a PC... 

Media center - achievements (on phones, PC and WP8),

ha ha - now if I can get my hands on a Surface... o_O

masfima1
masfima1

Flame on fan boys, flame on.

bat725
bat725

40 million suckers who bought a new Xbox when it broke down, plus 40 million suckers paying for Live. You just can't fix stupid.

Legend002
Legend002

MS did so well this generation.

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

XBOX360 is the best choice for hardcore gamers.
i am playing XBOX360 for 6 years.
sony is killing itself to shows it`s little black console is selling more but we laugh.
MICROSOFT is better in this generation and i am so happy;because sony must learns that we(gamers) choose consoles for games not for names.
^__^

Virtual_Erkan
Virtual_Erkan

Too bad Microsoft didn't announced their products globally. For example, here in Turkey, Xbox 360 announced itself as an official brand few months ago. It is good but on the other hand it is stupid since next-gen consoles are on the way. Why officially announce a product that was released back in 2005 and a new model is on the way. On the other hand, Sony was known around the world even in the Middle East.

CumGetSome
CumGetSome

I used to be a Playstation fan, infact I still am. But I know now that PS fans most of them are just stupid people following their friends. They thing just because PS has better graphix that even common games to both consoles in which PS messes up and says still the ps has better graphix than the xbox. I now hate the ps controller xbox is way better including the stupid r1 and r2 buttons and the over sensitive and un ergonomic dualshock analog sticks. I think the xbox controller should be tiny but smaller and have a better d pad but other than that blows the ps away. I am just glad that ps caught up with xbox and I dont care who wins but if ps wins its kinda a shame since the whole world thinks ps is better other than north america. 

02050muh
02050muh

for all fairness, you get much more 'bang for your buck' if u bought a PS3. because in it's early years (fat PS3) it is sold with a loss. meaning that u get much cheaper hardware compare to it's production cost.

decima1870
decima1870

I'm happy with Xbox Live. Great, easy to use, better than PSN. 

BloodFatality
BloodFatality

I'm finishing off my last year of xbox live now. Then its off to PC land.

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

MS is trying hard to claim it has better sales than PS3 right before Sony announces PS4.

ClaudiusCaesar
ClaudiusCaesar

40M Xbox Live members! At $60 it is $2.4 billion per year just too keep some services on. Someone is... I mean, 40M are getting rip off big time.

Trochero
Trochero

What are the sale figures of these Sony exclusives?  How do they stack up against 360 exclusives? PS gamers always seem to shout loud about exclusives but how are the developers creativity really supported? 360 gamers may have less exclusives but we support what we have quite well by BUYING games.  You also can compare most games on both systems 360 usually sells more the install base is now similiar. Not bad for a system that was hacked for years despite this it shows we appreciate developers hard labor,  so Rockstar jumped ship Naughty dog jumped ship and more will fly across simply because 360 gamers PURCHASE GAMES.

vengefulwilberg
vengefulwilberg

Microsoft can thank the red ring for nearly 30 to 50 percent of those sales.  I own one PS3 and two Xbox's (One red ringed and one brand new system that they claim is red ring free.).  We will soon see Microsoft.  Next gen systems better not be flawed this time.

dre256x
dre256x

Hmm still pale in comparison to the outdated Wii..95mil +.. But as for who has the better games, well that's personal preference.

LukeJefferies
LukeJefferies

I want to settle this PC vs Consoles thing with a comprehensive post...

Lets look at a few categories... Graphics, Game Styles, Exclusives, Cost, Convenience, Customisation, Xtra Features

Graphics... Winner... PC

PC definitely has the edge on graphics BUT it must be noted that this comes at a cost, not only does the hardware cost more at various points in the cycle a PC will have to be upgraded to be able to play the latest games and/or with the best graphics i.e. at various points in a  consoles lifespan it will beat the PC for graphics (a 7y.o. console playing Halo 4 beats the graphics of a 7 y.o PC playing anything). Also it should be noted that the graphics difference between a console and PC is not huge.

Game Styles... Winner... Tie

FPS + RTS + MMO... Winner PC, Adventure + Sport + Platform + Motion + Fighting + Racing... Consoles

RPG's + Casual Games... Tie

Exclusives... Winner... Tie (good exclusives on all platforms, generally in line with categories above)

PC Exclusives: WOW, Torchlight, Starcraft II, Guildwars II, Diablo 3, Sim City, Total War...

PS3 Exclusives: Uncharted, Last of Us, God of War, Gran Turisimo, Nino Nu Kini...

X360 Exclusives: Halo 4, Gears of War, Forza Motorsport, Fable series...

Cost... Winner... consoles

Convenience... Winner... consoles

Customisation... Winner... PC

Xtra Features... Winner... PC 

(Although lets face it everyone will always have a PC anyway so the extra features a "gaming" PC provides over a regular PC are negligible, in which case the winner could be said to be consoles (for foxel, netflix etc)

Summary

PC's are better if you mainly like FPS+RTS games or value PC exclusives and have the $/time to keep your rig up to date.

Consoles are better if you like sports/Adventure/Platform/Motion games or value console exclusives and prefer to spend less on your gaming or value convenience.

Result... tie (or depending on personal value placed on sections above)

b09h
b09h

microsoft does not need this money

TimboII
TimboII

 This is more proof than ever that real gamers eventually buy both consoles. the sales are so close.

BBA4LIFE
BBA4LIFE

The only winner in any generation (and I have been playing since 1990), where people like me. People who had them all (sometimes each one at a different time) or at least played on all of them. Anything below playing on all of them, with money not being the issue, is basically being a handicapped fanboy. It's funny this discussion has been going on since 1985, the only thing that seems to change is the participants. 

I'm glad they all sell well, and I hope the new generations also keep selling well. And I advise any of you that can, to play on all of them instead of defending any single one of the consoles... See we already have our hands full defending the industry (god bless naive people), consoles/pc against tablets/phones and defending the fact that we like spending most our time playing games. Do we really have time as well to defend our favorite consoles (which honestly is basically a preference in controllers if anything) against the other one? 

Well back to playing games instead of talking about corporate sales on Gamespot :)!

jayjay444
jayjay444

I don't care who's winning lol I have both consoles because i can't do gaming without my Halo and i can't go without my Uncharted and GOW. But if I look at it from a business point of view then the 360 is miles ahead of Sony, sorry Sony fanboys it's fact Microsoft are making tons more money than Sony. And I also haven't a clue how Sony can even afford to design and manufacture the next PS4, but even though there in the shit, from a Hardware and software point of view Sony have the upper hand. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

and two of those where bought by me

Metronoid
Metronoid

My xbox elilte lasted until last week, I never had a problem with any of my Nintendo systems but with this piece of sh!t. I hope MS will not let the 3rl doing it again or go to the hell with this piece of junk.

Metronoid
Metronoid

Wii = 100 plus millions

Xbox and Ps3 almost 70 millions.

This generation will not be different. ;)

Got2stoned
Got2stoned

Happy For Microsoft and love the xbox but if they continue charging for Gold on the next Gen im out!!! Say goodbye to a customer!

alrepairs
alrepairs

Perfect example of bending the truth from Gamespot:


Xbox - Microsoft sells 75 million astounding units!!  Their Xbox live userbase is over 40+ Million!!!


Wii U - Nintendo sells only 75 million units, unfortunately, 5 million shy of their expected 80 million units.  Also dire, is their Miiverse base only being slightly over 50% of their consoles sold.


See, that is what you call wording, that favors one over the other.


You know, Bias?

Aside from this, i'm happy for 360.

mikemaj82
mikemaj82

I know that a lot of those sales come from people whose xbox died on them multiple times. My PS3 is the launch original and still going strong after 7 years.

HeHateMe_basic
HeHateMe_basic

this is good for MS, take away Japan sales for PS3 would make this a fair battle. 

Basically  360 is even with PS3 without help from Japan.


nurnberg
nurnberg

The PS3 must be really close to that number by now.

Gaz9000
Gaz9000

Rrod?

Haha that is so 5 years ago .wake up

Gaz9000
Gaz9000

What the sales figures have shown is that both can exsist at the same time and be successful .

CDWJUSTIN
CDWJUSTIN

about 50% of all features of games are locked without gold so yes useless... completely

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

the difference in consoles sold between the ps3 and Xbox 360 is negligible. But Sony did a good job of catching up to (if not past) the 360, considering it's high launch price, and the fact that the 360 had a year head start. Go, Sony! Xbox is cool, too. 

deon99
deon99

The comments here are always funny.Most of the people complain about the Ms console doesn't even own one and never will,but love to say their friend had a RRod.Give me a break you stupid fan boys who will be sadly dissapointed with the changes that are gonna happen when the next ps comes out.Get ready to pay for online  and all the things you said Ms was doing wrong.there is now way in hell the psn is staying free when Sony is bleeding money.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Has the Xbox or PS3 sold the most? Who cares! As long as you're happy with your platform of choice that's all that matters. Your games (and everything connected to your preferred platform) won't get worse because another platform is performing better than the one you play at. I only play PC games and the amount of PC's sold worldwide easily overshadows all consoles combined. Far from everyone uses their PC for gaming or any other stuff you can do with a console, but that's the beauty of it: you can choose to use it for lots of things and/or use it for gaming. My extensive backlog keeps me from getting the newest games(I want to play the old ones first), so I don't even have to upgrade my computer. When I get a new one in like 5 years it will be the same thing all over again, because of all the new games that have been released while I was reducing my backlog.

sonicare
sonicare

It's amazing considering the first Xbox sold around 25-26 million units.