Xbox 360 sales will shortly overtake Wii in the UK

Microsoft's Xbox 360 set to become the best-selling console of this generation in the region.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 is poised to overtake Nintendo's Wii as the best-selling console of this generation in the UK, games industry number-cruncher GfK Chart-Track has told MCV.

The latest figures show that the Xbox 360, which launched in December 2005, has shifted over 8.4 million units.

Microsoft has closed the sales gap between Nintendo's Wii, which once dominated the hardware charts. The Xbox 360 will overtake the Wii's hardware sales in a matter of days, says Chart-Track.

1.5 million sales now separate the Xbox 360 from the PlayStation 2, the UK's best-selling console of all time. Sony's legendary machine, which launched in 2000, has shifted 10 million units.

Microsoft is still supporting the Xbox 360, and announced a redesigned version of the console at E3 2013. Many high-profile titles, including Grand Theft Auto V, will also grace the platform before Christmas.

"This is an historic milestone and our sincere thanks goes to each and every person that has bought and enjoyed Xbox 360 over the past eight years," said UK Xbox executive Harvey Eagle to MCV.

"As you saw at E3 earlier this month, we announced a new Xbox 360 form factor and we are committed to ensuring Xbox 360 remains the best place to play games, connect with friends and enjoy your entertainment."

"You'll see great exclusive content coming not only to Xbox 360, but also to Xbox One later this year."

The Xbox One will launch in November.

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zeldazero
zeldazero

No doubt these sales don't take into effect all of the consoles sold from original consoles failing and needing to be replaced. Nintendo's system failure rate is probably less than 1% Xbox 360's probably closer to 25-30% maybe even higher.

barrica
barrica

It includes the RROD console bullshit, im on my 3rd and last ever console from Microsoft.

BlazeKingz
BlazeKingz

meh isnt xbox still behind wii and ps3 worldwide? being at the top in 1 country isnt really that big of a deal espacially for a console that had a headstart for more than a year.

steelmouth
steelmouth

Whoa this is mind boggling just pause and think about that for a second fanboy the Xbox 360 is just a mere 1.5 mill consoles from passing the mighty PS2 as the best selling console in the UK ever as in all time

and it ant even reach the $200 price tag yet which is the price consoles start flying off the shelves

abhisheknerdy20
abhisheknerdy20

UK people are smarter than American,when comes to their console 

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

I'm not sure why this is a great "milestone" for Microsoft.  First, Xbox 360 had a year head start over the Wii.  Second, Nintendo has stopped all development on the Wii and has been fully focused on the Wii U now for the past year.  Why is it a shocker that Xbox sales are finally overtaking Wii sales?  They've had two extra years of sales that the Wii hasn't had!

JudgeSim
JudgeSim

let's be honest, no one cares about the uk.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Hey look a country where the 360 will miraculously end up first! This is news! Imagine what happens when it finally outsells the wii in america.

Andrew1471
Andrew1471

i think they must release at ps4, xbox one and pc they will have excelent graphics and the  caracter they look like real also at pc they will have new mods and we can change everything we like think we have three caracters not one three we can change many thinks with mods.

if rockstar can do this will be glad 

blackace
blackace

I'd like to hear it from Microsoft themselves, but I'm not really surprised. The Xbox 360 will eventually pass the Wii in the U.S. as well.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Of course it will people that want to keep play X360 or PS3 games need to buy another console if it breaks.  A Wii breaks you buy a Wii U of course.

Prime_28
Prime_28

Congrats Xbox but Wii still leads in worldwide sales.

Xam_Yume
Xam_Yume

@zeldazero consoles replaced by the 360's extended warranty, or by any other means replaced by a sales outlet is not counted as sales. If someone's xbox broke and they didn't have the receipt or other proof of purchase, and didn't get a replacement, then if they bought another xbox that would be counted as a sale.

Vodoo
Vodoo

@barrica That's complete bullshit because Microsoft fixes the console for free. It's warranteed for 3 years. So if you've been buying systems instead of getting them fixed for free... that's on you. When they send you a replacement console it's not counted as a sale either.

I can't stand ignorant fanboys spewing their endless bullshit like it's fact.

BlazeKingz
BlazeKingz

@steelmouth world wide the 360 is still like 70 mil behind. nintendo ds is the closest thing to the as you said mighty ps2

EggEmperor
EggEmperor

@abhisheknerdy20 

Uh, no they aren't. Not when there are about 3 billion ads a day for some crappy painting game on 3DS. Every person I've met here in the UK doesn't understand why the 3DS isn't just a DS with 3D. "It's a goddamn portable GameCube!" I tell them, but they probably don't know what a GameCube is. And don't get me started on the people that call the Wii U, "the Wii" -_-

steelmouth
steelmouth

@Darth_Tyrranus its a great milestone because it will now be officially titled the best selling console of this generation, if you don't see being called the best as a milestone then there is not much I can say to you 

6orange6
6orange6

Well, don't use English then, type in Korean or something.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@Bellum_Sacrum This is coming too for sure especially after a price drop when the One hits shops in november.

RalpT-101
RalpT-101

@WTF1555 i did buy all my sports games on Xbox 360 version, cheap,

Now gonna be the opposite! PS4 not Xbox one!.

blackace
blackace

@Prime_28 They are talking about the U.K., not the world. lol!! Everyone knows the Wii is still ahead in the world.

zeldazero
zeldazero

@Vodoo @barrica So your saying no consoles fail after 3 years?...Who is the fanboy spewing bullshit now.. Not to mention some people maybe don't want to wait 3 months or more to get it back. Also, yes I am a Nintendo fanboy but also own every system so it isn't a biased opinion its an opinion based on personal experience. I also am on my 3rd 360, thank god they got cheaper.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@steelmouth @Darth_Tyrranus 

It's an arbitrary milestone that is as meaningless as it is skewed.  If you really want to use a fair metric, you need to calculate units sold over a set unit of time, eg. average number of units sold per year.

Busta
Busta

Many xbox fans just assume it did the best. -_-

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

@Acekidder @Darth_Tyrranus @steelmouth 

Very few people are going to invest in a new Wii now that they can buy a Wii U, which is backwards compatible and can play all Wii games. Why would they?  The fact that the Wii can still be purchased doesn't make your milestone any more valid.  Also, even if your point was valid, which it's NOT, you still haven't addressed the fact that Xbox 360 had a year head start over the Wii.

Acekidder
Acekidder

@Darth_Tyrranus @steelmouth Oh dear grasp grasp..of course its fair the wii is still on sale it sold a crap load to casual gamers it is a milestone for damn sure, the wii is on sale here too not that anyone has noticed.