Xbox 360 sells 750,000 during Black Friday week

Microsoft reveals US sales of latest console exceed forecasts; Halo 4 sales "impressive"; Xbox Live Gold subs jump by more than 50 percent.

Microsoft had a happy Black Friday. The company announced today that it sold more than 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles in the United States during the period (November 18-23). Sales of this level exceeded internal forecasts, the company said without sharing what its forecasts actually were.

Additionally, Microsoft said Halo 4 sales during the week also exceeded expectations, notching "impressive sales," according to internal data. Further, Xbox Live Gold subscription card sales jumped more than 50 percent year-over-year, though no specific sales figure was divulged.

Microsoft also revealed that on Sunday alone, more than 14 million people logged on to Xbox Live across the world. These users tallied in excess of 72 million combined hours of use on this day alone. Lastly, entertainment application usage in the US on Xbox Live during Black Friday week rose 43 percent over last year's figure.

Microsoft was not the only company to divulge Black Friday sales. Nintendo sold a total of 1.2 million hardware units during the week, including 400,000 Wii U consoles.

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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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pacpuf7249
pacpuf7249

Now its Black Friday WEEK? Ugh, I hate ultra-consumerism

GamespotSux_IKR
GamespotSux_IKR

Does anybody know the PS3/Vita sales? I couldn't find anywhere

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

Microsoft outsells latest nintendo gimmick. Shocking.

Sav117
Sav117

oh my the fighting as already started.

zpluffy
zpluffy

This is the major improvement of WiiU so far. The Side Scrolling Mario now runs on HD, whoah! that's crazy. Thumbs UP for graphical improvement.

Names_Sleep
Names_Sleep

That's pretty good, and I have seen bundles that offer a year xbox live service with games or extra controller included. It seem I one of the few who isn't wanting a new Xbox that soon. Been using my ps3 online service to watch my Netflix movies, but also been looking to see can I still buy xbl games and play them or do I have to get back to the gold service?

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

Anyone notice that GameSpot hasn't said a word about Skyfall raking in a half billion dollars? GameSpot; Fair and Balanced. 

wyan_
wyan_

I wanna know how many Sony sold and whether "hardware units" regarding Nintendo includes the 3DS. Damn I hate incomplete articles.

Romayo83
Romayo83

There is still a pile of Wii U's sitting on the floor at several retail stores in my area. Yay for Microsoft that's great news. Wonder how Sony did???

Cedar-Teeth
Cedar-Teeth

Only have to say one thing. DONT WANNA BE A AMERICAN IDIOT!

PicklePuffer
PicklePuffer

How do I reply to comments I get in my email without searching through all 436 comments?

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

That's what happens when you make the best current gen console.

sergiodoom
sergiodoom

I knew this would happen, Nintendo Wii U's start line up sucks! I'd wait to se what Sony and Microsoft hav to offer.

GOGOGOGURT
GOGOGOGURT

So how is MS losing money on the xbox division?

 

And when an 8 year old console outsells a the brand-new wii-u, thats not good for nintendo.

zpluffy
zpluffy

XBOX 720 will beat PS4. Because, simple, Xbox is an American invention. It can be seen now, it's better marketing and majority of games just runs better in 360. Not hating or anything, but if you google comparisons, it's very rare to see games that runs better on PS3 regardless of the Hardware specs. Another factor is Microsoft, the Americans, are just more competent on Marketing. Americans are just more competitive and doesn't let their emotions get to their goal. And because of that Americans will produce a more refined next gen console. And trust me, they will.

pound-u
pound-u

 @Janpieterzun

 Kind of like how PS2 outsold 360 when the 360 launch. So no, it isn't shocking, loser.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @Names_Sleep you can buy xbla game on sliver its just gold members get access to stuff before sliver members.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @CaptainHerlock That's a film :/ Why would you be expecting us to report movie revenues? 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @wyan_ when sony release data it won't be what they sold it will be what they sold to stores which is bs if you ask me because you are always going to have sold more to shops that what you have actually sold and what you have sold to shops can be still sitting in the shop.

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

 @wyan_ There's a link to the article in which Nintendo divulged its sales :/ Sony has not yet released their data. It would have taken less time to click the link and see the answer to your question than to type your omplaint for a problem that doesn't exist. 

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

 @zpluffy Yes Americans can market the hell out a product. But typically foreign products are superior in build and quality. That covers everything from TVs, computers and cars. When's the last time you saw someone with an LG TV or Phillips radio

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @zpluffy 

Put the Kool Aide down for a minute. More competent with marketing? Ever hear of a term called "McDonaldization"? No? Not surprised. It's when you give people a bad product but cheap enough so that people think they're getting quality by buying A LOT of it. The 360 is, once again, the SUV of consoles. The only reason why people buy them, is because they can't be the only one without it. Any one ever wonder why American cars don't sell overseas? It's because you can sell a VW Golf anywhere in the world, but you can't sell a Tahoe anywhere but the US. The same applies to the 360. Cheaply built, inefficient, poor quality, but you get A LOT of it, so it must be a good value. And for those who say it's different "because it's video games", the only thing different is the dollar amount. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

 @zpluffy We don't even know anything about either console, they haven't even been officially announced, so how can you say something so foolish? And nationality has nothing to do in determining which product is better, another foolish statement. You're living in the past, most games today run so similar on both consoles, unless you're a super picky brat, there should be nothing to complain about.  And the games that don't run as well on PS3 is down to the developers NOT the console.  You're too caught up in MS propaganda.

SangheliZealotX
SangheliZealotX

 @zpluffy You are right, the 720 will destroy ps4. America has been producing better consoles than japan since 2001.

zpluffy
zpluffy

 @bubba_1988 Most technologies that you buy are designed by Americans. In other words, the technology was developed in America, but produce somewhere else so you can buy your 1080p 60 LED inches for 500 dollars

zpluffy
zpluffy

 @CaptainHerlock Atleast your bank account is safe. And please, 360 is a seven year old technology that plays graphics like Halo 4. Have you played that game? You'd be suprised on what this little ancient tech can do. And comparing this to dollar burger is just plain stupid. I was loling in your comment

zpluffy
zpluffy

 @thebeachguy90 "Most games runs similar on both consoles." WoW, really if that is the case why is 360 edging PS3 on MOST of the games. If they are really about par to each other, we should not see a GREAT trend of games running better in one console, even if it is little. We should see about 50 - 50 chance that games run better in either consoles. But the fact that MOST games run BETTER in 360, just shows that PS3 is less superior.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

 @SangheliZealotX  @zpluffy 

Yes, it's about "patriotism". That's why Microsoft makes all their products in the USA, and has their tech support in the US. Oh wait... And I'm sure you say that when you get into your Toyota Carolla. 

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

 @SangheliZealotX  @zpluffy 

Hey the PS4 is gonna be pretty good to.  I'll buy Uncharted 4 and KillZone 4 on the PS4.  I also can't wait for the 720 because of Halo 2:  Anniversary maybe.

pound-u
pound-u

 @Kevin-V  @emptycow  @SangheliZealotX

 Absolutely wrong, and you clearly didn't get what I meant. Spec-wise, Wii U is more powerful, plain and simple. Saying I'm incorrect because of how the launch games look makes you incorrect. Of course they haven't outperformed the other versions yet. They are nothing more than ports of existing games. To make them better they'd have to spend more time and money on the games. Clearly they didn't want to do that.

pound-u
pound-u

 @chocorocket

 To see late generation PS3/360 games launch on Wii U that are on par with the other consoles is rather impressive, actually. Idiots like you wouldn't understand such simple facts though. I guess losers like you already forgot what launch 360 games looked like. There are no differences because these Wii U launch games are quick ports. Just wait until developers actually get used to the hardware and decide to put in some effort.

 

I won't have to deal with anything like you, because I'm not a fanboy. I will probably eventually get a PS4/720 anyways. The only one being stupid here is you.

chocorocket
chocorocket

 @pound-u  y afters 7 years just to see such a small difference...nintendo should be ashamed lol....

 

i wonders how yYOU WILL DEAL WITH once ps4-720 are out....your stupidity have no bound

chocorocket
chocorocket

 @SangheliZealotX  y sure thats why the best AAA exclusives and most winning awards are on sony side

thats why sony bring every year new IP,S unlike xbox sqme three franchise for more than 10 years

thats why the ps3 is the most powerful console

thats why you must pay to play online while everything you have i have it for free?

 

cause the xbot is better?

noob sony reach your numbers with a year and a half late,most expensive console,less games for 2 years

2013 are full of exlcsusives for sony,u have shit.

 

ps3 is the best current console deal with it gate fangirl,go back to blops 2 kkthxbb dont bother with a reply

zpluffy
zpluffy

 @thebeachguy90 You should do more 'googling,' there are A LOT of games that runs better in 360. You don't get my point. I'm not talking about a crazy major difference. I'm talking about how MOST games TEND to side on 360 in terms of running better. The fact that it's been more than 5 years now has nothing to do with the development. We still see most games still side on 360, with less glitches and a little higher frame rate, even if it's little. We shouldn't see a lot of games siding in one console all the time, even again, if it is little advantage. If they are really in par to each other, we should see about 50-50 that games would either edge on 360 or PS3. But they don't, it seems that they like 360 all the time. And you can't use Uncharted as an example, because that is a PS3 exclusive. Kind of like how I can't use Halo 4(which considers one of the best graphics up to date for consoles) against PS3. As for killzone and MGS4, their graphics don't really stand out in our present time anymore. 

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

 @zpluffy What "Most" games?  There's hardly any difference in most games. Metacritic is my source. The scores these days are either about the same or very close to it.  And there are also plenty of comparison videos which show there's hardly any difference. Where's your proof?  And like I said, the minority of games that don't run as well on PS3 is down to poor developing NOT the console itself. So no you can't say PS3 is less superior because of that.  Tell that to the amazing PS3 exclusives like Uncharted, Killzone, and MGS4.  Those games run flawlessly.