Xbox 360 scores $6.7 billion in 2011 - NPD

NPD data shows gamers spent $4.6B on Xbox 360 games and accessories, $2.1B on consoles in past year; 1.7 million Xbox 360 systems sold in December.

Despite overall US retail sales sinking 8 percent in 2011, Microsoft's sales were growing. NPD data reveals that Microsoft's Xbox 360 was the best-selling console over the past 12 months, helping drive $6.7 billion in total sales for the tech giant during the year, up from $6.2 billion over the same period last year.

The Xbox 360 was 2011's best-selling console.

According to data from the NPD (as indicated by Microsoft in a new blog post), gamers spent $4.6 billion on Xbox 360 games and accessories in 2011, with another $2.1 billion recorded on consoles during the year.

In December alone, Microsoft sold 1.7 million Xbox 360s, helping the company earn a total of $1.5 billion from total combined hardware, software, and accessories sales, according to NPD figures.

To date, Microsoft has sold 66 million Xbox 360 consoles, as well as 18 million Kinect units worldwide. Additionally, the company has 40 million Xbox Live subscribers.

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221 comments
valdarez
valdarez

Microsoft has sold more than Sony, but I'm willing to bet that Sony has more working consoles out there. I just bought my 4th (yes, FOURTH!), XBox 360 due to yet another failure (even repaired 2 of 'em myself to have them fail again). I so picked the wrong console this generation to use for my primary gaming console. :(

buying1999
buying1999

@thebeachguy90 LMFAO and pointing at you thebeachguy90. Bickering?? As I recall there was no mention of you or anyone else in my original comment.You were the initiate of the "bickering". Again, there's that SDF logic. The facts remain no matter how you try to spin it. The overpriced internet ready blu ray player is in THIRD place around the world, Xbox Live is the most robust online gaming service available for console, PSN was hacked and 70+ million subscriber's information was stolen, developers around the world recognize Xbox 360 as superior for game development,most overpriced internet ready games require a M A N D A T O R Y install,the overpriced internet ready blu ray player is hamstrung by a legacy split RAM architecture,most all muticonsole games look perform and play better on the SUPERIOR Xbox 360 (lensoftruth.com),the move is nothing more than an hd version of the Wii,and all you got it UC3 which looks paultry when compared to GEARS 3. Now go put your Barney the Purple Dinosaur in your overpriced internet ready blu ray player while I play on the best selling, best performing,most supported,true dedicated gaming console,the SUPERIOR Xbox 360. Bye, and tell your mom to try and limit the time you spend online. Obviously you very easily influenced. Oh and before you go "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack Now close the door on you way out and don't forget to do your homework little man.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 "Sony Defense Force".lmao, I just can't stop laughing at that one. There's no use wasting my time on your anymore. Your pea-sized fanboy brain has too much trouble processing this information to you. All I have to say is that when you get older, you're gonna look back at this and are gonna realize how ridiculous you sound right now. You're too immature right now so you're not expected to understand. I'm sure you'll realize soon enough that all this bashing and stuff is a big waste of time and not worth it. I mean just look at the things you have accomplished.All the hating and bashing yet millions around the world still like PS3. You and John Carmack are doing such a great job proving that the Xbox is better.....NOT! lol. Give it up, you're wasting your time.maybe in a few years you'll mature and stop all this pointless bickering. Until then, keep up the good work that you're doing for Microsoft. They must pay good money for you to do this As for the rest of us REAL gamers, we're gonna go ENJOY our consoles.Unlike you insecure fanboys. The only one being laughed at is you. No ones likes fanboys. LOL! Bye!

buying1999
buying1999

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thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 Oh yea and what are you gonna when your precious Microsoft is most likely gonna use Blu-Ray in it's next console? Oh wait, yea then you're gonna be praising Blu-Ray because Microsoft decided to use it. But since PS3 has this awesome feature and not the console you like, of course you're gonna bash it. Like a true fanboy. LOL your source is vgchartz?? Out of all sources it had to be vgchartz?? WOW what a joke. You believing vgchartz is reliable is pretty hilarious I must say. Actually it does not suck to be me because I'm not the one that can't accept that people have different preferences than I do. If someone likes Xbox then good, I'm not gonna go all crazy cause they don't like what I like. As for YOU on the other hand, haha...you probably have trouble sleeping at night knowing not everyone prefers you precious dearest Xbox. Now THAT sucks. Wow yea John Carmack said Xbox is the greatest console ever, he sure is gonna make every PS3 owner around the world convert to Xbox....oh wait we live in reality, not in your silly world. SORRY LOL. Sony Defense Force??? How long did it take you to come up with that name? There's no such thing. I'm not the one bashing the other console. You are. lol bud you take this WAY too seriously, it's just video games. Just play what you like and let other people play what they like. Everyone's happy. Grow up.

buying1999
buying1999

@thebeachguy90 LMFAO at you. Typical denial of the SDF. Oh and here’s the link to the legend John Carmack's keynote speech at Quakecon. http://www.quakeunity.com/file=2919 As reflected in this link http://www.vgchartz.com/, millions more gamers are purchasing the SUPERIOR Xbox 360 around the world than the overpriced internet ready blu ray player And YES the blu ray seek time(the amount of time it takes the drive to find the requested data on the disk) is INFERIOR to the DVD drive found on 360. The throughput of the data once it's finally found is also INFERIOR .This is another problem for developers.The 4gig Xbox can run games (This model has no hard drive) straight from DVD while the pathetic over priced internet ready blu ray player must have a MANDATORY install to keep up.Blu ray holding 50 gig of data is irrelevant if the system can't find it and stream it fast enough.The overpriced internet ready blu ray player can't and doesn't as you've seen with the majority of games requiring MANDATOR Y installs.Oh and you might find this interesting Sony Defense Force member.The leading reason for purchasing the ps3 is blu ray movie playback and not games.Just follow the link to read it for youself. http://www.gamespot.com/news/blu-ray-top-reason-for-ps-6263134 Wow this is just too easy. It must really suck to be you right now!! LMFAO at you thebeachguy90. Oh and just in case you forgot... "The Xbox 360 is the B E S T console E V E R made." John (The Legend) Carmack

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 How is Blu-Ray inferior when playing games when it's the next gen format? And you have no proof? Hah how pathetic you try to put Blu-Ray down. And if you read carefully (which obviously you did not) he wasn't criticizing the PS3. He was thinking WAY too far ahead, he wasn't aware that his ideas were too much for any console this gen. And it had nothing to do with the internet or Blu-Ray. I love how you randomly try to add those two sadly attempting to put those features down. I don't know what is it with you and this John Carmack guy but it's getting kinda creepy. His opinion isn't gonna change anything, it's not gonna influence no one, people are still gonna like PS3 and there's nothing you or anyone can do about it so why bother? Good luck trying to convert the millions of PS3 owners around the world. You're really gonna need it.

buying1999
buying1999

@thebeachguy90 I agree that he's a great developer of metal gear franchise but that's about it. Even he said that Metal Gear couldn't be what he wanted because of the constraints of the over priced internet ready blu ray player limitations. Go read it yourself. Oh and I don't have a problem with people liking the over priced internet ready blu ray player. It's not my fault that you the Sony Defense Force members get their hair all messed up with being reminded that their over priced internet ready blu ray player is INFERIOR when playing games. But hey it's great at playing blu ray movies even in 3d. I use mine for that all the time and that happens to be the primary reason people buy the over priced internet ready blu ray player.. go see for yourself http://www.gamespot.com/news/blu-ray-top-reason-for-ps-6263134 Oh and heres the link to your ps3 idol developer complaining about the overpriced internet ready blu ray player .... http://www.actiontrip.com/news/kojima-not-happy-with-mgs4-graphics/042108_2 Oh and just a reminder.. "The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack ( Living Legend in gaming engine development)

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@warhawk-geeby Yeah, I hear you. I would love for Xbox live to be free. The PSN is a good service. I've had Xbox Live Gold since the days of the initial Xbox, so I've come accustomed to it. I think if I had the PS3 first and using PSN along with it for a good duration, then later purchased a 360, I might not be too fond of paying for online. I guess I got used to it and spoiled with the service. PSN = good service. Xbox LIve = great service

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@godzillavskong Well I can't comment on Madden.. I have FIFA but that seems to do the same thing. It updates you in-game with a little message box telling you what your friends scores are, but then that's not something which Sony/Microsoft have control of, that's just how EA made the game. As for your comment regarding the messages received yes, I'll give you that. The PS3 does require you to access the XMB which is all kinds of annoying, whereas the process for the 360 is much more user friendly. Community-wise Microsoft nailed it on the head. The only thing I'm referring to is the fact you need to pay to play online, both systems essentially do the exact same job yet Microsoft charge for it? That's my only gripe. Basically you buy a console which is half useable, if you want to play with friends you need to pay money. It's disgusting.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@thebeachguy90 If it tells you anything, Hideo Kojima is making games for 360... He was not a PS3 endorser. Gamespot ran something a few years ago about him not happy with the PS3 and he him self wanted to make games for 360 but he could not do anything unit the deal with Sony was up. The time is up and he can make games for who ever he wants.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@BryanParksSuper.. Here are some facts. I have no idea how old you are but odds are you are just a teen. Sony for years payed out dev's to keep games only on PS brand. They did it with PS1 and still do it to this day. In fact Naughty Dog was gonna start to make games for 360 until Sony acquired them. Now they are owned by Sony and a first party studio. @Hig1134 You better look at the numbers because 360 is out selling the PS3 2-1. @PeterDuck. The PS3's GPU was out dated by the 360 before the PS3 was out. It's cell CPU is late 90's cell that was started by MS and IBM. MS droped out after they started to see intel and AMD moving up in speed. The PS3 has more power in CPU but the 360 has in in the GPU. Fact is kids. You guys are having a toy war and it is stupid. Both systems are good and do what they need to do. Also for you who thinks numbers are no big deal. Numbers a very big deal to any one who makes something and is selling it. Also this, xbox was out first and that is why they have more units in home comments are stupid. The wii and PS3 came out days apart and the wii walked over the 360 and PS3.. Now what?

wowwow27
wowwow27

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Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Syk0_k03r Oh no please go on. As you say if you can go on and provide facts please, enlighten all of us. I'm so tired of you MS haters just making baseless claims and claiming you have all these facts then never providing anything to back up your ridiculous claims. So please, give us your facts. So sad when you kids cant even provide a compelling debate.

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 Sony Defense Force?? That's something I can expect to hear from some immature teenager. I wasn't born yesterday.. Ever heard of Hideo Kojima? That guy is one of the best of all time and he's a huge PS3 endorser. Your statement was so easy to counter I didn't even have to think twice so there you have it. Some people like Xbox some like PS3. That's reality. I don't know why you have such a hard time living with that.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@warhawk-geeby I have both the 360 and PS3, and I have to say there is a difference between the 2 as far as online experience, for me anyways. While some of the differences may be minor, I much prefer to play online on my 360. I used to play Madden 11 on my 360, but when Madden 12 came out I decided to get it on the PS3, and one of the unique things I liked about Madden on xbox was the fact that you could view one of your friends who was gaming online in Madden, and actually see what the score was, and also what QTR. That doesn't show up on the PS3. I know it's very minor, but it is something that I preferred. It also is a nightmare pulling up your dashboard on the PS3 and sending a message while in a game! My 360 dashboard pulls up and navigates very easily, within half the time it takes me to on my PS3. I've tried numerous times to send a message while I was in a game of Madden, and it's like the PS3 is having a hard time running both tasks, and stutters tremendously. My 360 goes through it rather smooth. Friend invites and messages are far more noticeable on the 360. I rarely even notice I have a message or a invite on my PS3. Is there a way to change that?

buying1999
buying1999

@thebeachguy90 LOL. Man struck a nerve huh? LOL. Sony Defense Force to the rescue!! OH and just in case you missed it .. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack (Legend in Game engine development) Obviously you didn't know that. But then that wouldn't be in the Sony Defense Force playbook. Oh and if I'd been buying2011 I guess I'd just one right? LOL typical Sony Defense Force logic, or the absence there of. LMFAO. Oh and just to remind you ... "The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." --John Carmack http://www.ripten.com/2011/08/14/john-carmack-thinks-the-ps3-is-the-second-best-console-ever-made/ There's ya a handy dandy link. Just in case you want to hear him say it for yourself.

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

@Phatjam98 Sorry, but you lost all credibility as soon as you managed to break your xbox while traveling. I could go on, providing irrefutable facts that Xbox 360's are unreliable pieces of crap and that unlike you, I am a responsible owner. But what's the point? For someone who denies facts and doesn't understand the importance of suitcases for travel, I'm afraid I am wasting time trying to talk some simple sense into you. you lose, good day sir.

skyman_1981
skyman_1981

Just like to post the non-truths to waffles99 post. when PS3 is filled with sony's own tech and everyone expects the PS4 to be the same while MS will no doubt use someone else's tech for the main components of their new console ps3 uses cell cpu. Majority leader IBM, toshiba and sony (still someone else's tech.) blu-ray - blu-ray consortium, still not their sole propietary tech bluetooth - not sony rsx - not sony middle ps button - not sony sixaxis and move - ripoff of wii trigger l2, r2 - not sony XDR ram - not sony hdmi - not sony the name design - not sony So how was the ps3 using their own tech? From what I've gathered the only thing that is sony is the HDD. Now MS CPU - IBM GPU - designed by ATI, owned by MS Chipset - owned by MS RF wireless - owned by MS Controller - owned by MS Design - owned by MS Disc Drive - multiple companies HDD - multiple companies OS - owned by MS RAM - multiple companies Kinect - owned by MS So logic would state that MS uses more of their OWN and bought Technology than sony, shocker!

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 If there's anyone that's with a pathetic corporate "defense force" it's you. Look at how much you attack PS3 and glorify Xbox. 1999? Your birth year I'm guessing. That could explain your intense immaturity. Do you think anyone gives a damn what this John Carmack thinks? As if his opinion mattered to anyone? Sorry, but it doesn't. So repeating his quote in every comment doesn't help you. So you might as well stop. I apologize you just found out not everyone prefers your precious Xbox, but I take it you have been living in a cave all this time for you to not know that we live in a world of opinions and preferences. So therefore, there is no better console, regardless of what you say. Sorry that you thought this world revolved around you and that everyone has to agree with your opinion or else they're wrong. But unfortunately, we live in the real world, not yours. So anytime you decide to get over yourself feel free, no one's gonna bite you.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

MS paid to get COD DLC= Greedy and desperate. Xbox will continue yo suck and Lil Xbot Fanboys will continue to support MS. I'm glad I moved on to Sony. Cause MS doesn't know what there doing. It's plain and simple. Xbots wanna talk bout YLOD but it's only 12% affected. MS 58% failure rate. Slims RDOD now and it's not as bad but YouTube vids tell a different story. Slims having hardware issues some right out of the box. Sony has better everything. Xbox 360: It's only does RROD!!

ResponsibleGame
ResponsibleGame

@BryanParksSuper - Can I ask you something ? If people were so pissed with the 360 because of its technical issues , why did'nt they switch to the PS3 when it was first released ? Besides , recent 360 models have proven to be far more reliable than their predecessors .

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@wowwow27 Microsoft is on top because it has chat - are you being serious?? If the 360's outsold the PS3 it'll be because it's cheaper and the Kinect has boosted it's sales. I play both the 360 and the PS3 and I can more than vouch there's no difference in the online play between the two. Both systems online play are brilliant, but how Microsoft can justify charging for the same service is beyond me. The 360 doesn't even have an internet browser :? The only additional feature Microsoft can boast is having blaspheming American 10 year olds. An that ain't cool :|

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@BryanParksSuper i really wonder what the hell ur doing here??? just stop cm ing! ok? its so simple!!! thats the dumbest cm i've read for a long time hirai fanboy!!! ur talking like a six year grl or its not "like one", u R a six year grl right now with that last cm of u saying: "Sony has great customer support MS doesn't." hahahahaaaaa :D that was really cute! i wonder how ur face act when u will say sucha thing :D ahahahaha where did u learn to speak kiddo??? u need more educations!!!!

waffles89
waffles89

@BryanParksSuper of course sony care about sales they are a business and you speak about RROD remember PS3 has YLOD and obviously hardware in the nextbox will be improved and I doubt the price for XBL will improve if sony keep PSN free. "wont have USB chargeable controllers" they are USB chargeable right now you just need to buy the charger for it and how could the nextbox have terrible games when most games are multiplatform. You really need to think about things before you say them havent you ever heardthe saying "better to keep your mouth shut and let people think your a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt".

waffles89
waffles89

@stylechyld stylechyld you cant really say xbox is the "leader of future technology" when the kinect was only made (as was PSmove) because nintendo were making so much money from the motion control gimmick and when PS3 is filled with sony's own tech and everyone expects the PS4 to be the same while MS will no doubt use someone else's tech for the main components of their new console. Also I have had one of my PS3 controllers since the release date in britain and it still works fine and the reason that companies like activision picked xbox to release the call of duty dlc on first isnt anything to do with console quality, it was to do with MONEY why do you think there are going to be 6 or 7 dlc's for COD and thats the same reason you got UFC ppv streaming.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Syk0_k03r Amazing that you got served by incompetence where as I was helped quite well. But of course you had nothing to do with your 4 consoles in a year LOL. You are such a joke. Just stop making stuff up and wasting our time.

stylechyld
stylechyld

@BryanParksSuper ..if ps3 is so freaking great why in the blue hell did the biggest companies in the universe like activision decided to pick 360 as it's exclusive call of duty dls first..if everybody hates xbox and everybody loves ufc ..then why did UFC..pick 360 as there choice for ppv streaming..your a goof ball with your miserable thoughts.

stylechyld
stylechyld

BryanParksSuper..lol..you are a joke..first of all microsoft is the leader of future technology..they were the first out of three consoles to have online multiplayer, first to have a hard drive storage..first to have real body motion sensor..not that glowing balls..that you call a sensor controller.. and first of all the controllers are sturdy and high quality..ps3 controllers are dollar store quality.. xbox 720 will have a blu ray without a doubt, just because blu ray are able to carry more storage per single disc. many ps3 exclusive developer games over the years either moved over or started making games for 360.so whatever your point is..it's just plain ignorant..

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I spend a big portion of my $$ on xbox360 games in 2011 that's for sure! It will be interesting to see what the next couple of years have to offer in terms of the 360.

megakick
megakick

Sony kills kittens & babies, REAL!

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@buying1999 I've seen you before, nothing but a sad fanboy is what you are.

Stonecutters908
Stonecutters908

@BryanParksSuper Sony is Jesus. All they do is kiss babies and feed the homeless. Microsoft killed my father and Raped my mother.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

@penpusher go ahead, make my day. Fight like a little girl. "Anyway I already said what I wanted to say so I shant reply like the rest of them are doing to any further stuff, only you are impressed by what you think are smart responces and put downs' good, run away, little girl.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Nobody cares bout Xbox 360 GS. It wasent the best console sold. Don't ya notice that Sony doesn't care bout Sales. They know there PS3 is strong. Everybody mentions PSN Outage,PSN sucks etc. 360 was hacked 1st,hacked accounts, Xbox.com was hacked, etc. I see RROD in Xbox 720 and not improvong the Hardware, Live will be $70 a year, terrible games, Only Exclusives will be Halo,Gears, Forza. New controller that's even bigger than 360's. Everybody hates MS. There Greedy and don't treat customers very nice. 720 will be hacked, won't have Bluray, won't have USB chargeable controllers, will have a Tray once again. Sony is the future and they will always be the future. PS4: Best Graphics,Best Exclusives,PSN Free again, New controller most likely. That's bout it. Microsoft is Evil and they can't even make a console that won't fail. People trust Sony cause they know what there doing.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

I had 2 refurbished 360 sent to me by MS. They bricked within 3 months apart. Xbox sucks and all Xbots can't see it. It's quite sad how Xbots cont to support MS after suffering numerous RROD's. Sony has great customer support MS doesn't.

Syk0_k03r
Syk0_k03r

@Phatjam98 Forgetting to put a console in a suitcase isn't an accident, it's laziness and negligence. Much like xbox support, who carelessly sent me "refurbished" systems that brick within a month, if not bricked out of the box. I wouldn't have gone through numerous 360's without the help of microsoft's laughable customer service.

penpusher
penpusher

@PeterDuck no its because no one has reported you,,,I'll give it a go and see what happens Anyway I already said what I wanted to say so I shant reply like the rest of them are doing to any further stuff, only you are impressed by what you think are smart responces and put downs

wowwow27
wowwow27

people argue sony offers free internet, but it is inferior. theres a reason live cost money. after using live chat, why would you ever go back to sony? thats why microsoft is on top.

penpusher
penpusher

@buying1999 I beg to differ, the days of the best game consoles is long long long since dead. Everything we have nowadays dont compare.

vip_kass
vip_kass

To me the real news is 6.7 billions = a profit of only 1.5...eemm I make around 100k a year so that would be like me reporting to the IRS I really only made 20k I wish it was the case, I'd be getting a huge tax return...

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@BryanParksSuper prophet= "someone comes to somewhere and see ppl doing something he/she dont like so he/she trying to say: -hey! ur going in the wrong direction and blah blah blah-" no one invited u here and no one{from sony} will gives u money for what ur doing{doing a great job being a "bullsh^&"}. we are all feel sorry for u and we are all cant get u point of saying "thats because ppl go buy new one after they got RROD" when u mentioned urself its for three first year and by reading the article u can understand the numbers of selling blongs to 2011!!! good luck mr genius!!!

Hig1134
Hig1134

"Buying 1999 is still in denial about the fact that PS3 has outsold the 360 for the past 3 years straight. He is also sad about the serious lack of exclusive games for 360 in 2011, and the lack of exclusives coming for 360 in 2012" - Hig1134

buying1999
buying1999

Wow. Microsoft is Kicking Sony's butt. ROFL Has been for about 5 years now. "Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made." -- John Carmack

Deingerous
Deingerous

Also funny is Sony and Microsoft did well this year, judging by the way you "fans" make it sound, it's like Sony or MS is your family or something lol are you sooo friendless that you need to remain loyal to a machine???