Xbox 360 sells 960,000 systems over Thanksgiving week

Black Friday sales of more than 800,000 drive the biggest sales week in Xbox history; more than 750,000 Kinect cameras sold between stand-alone and hardware bundles.

Yesterday, Nintendo crowed about its Black Friday sales successes, revealing that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario 3D Land each sold more than 500,000 copies since their releases earlier in the month. Microsoft shot back with some numbers of its own today, announcing that Black Friday drove "the biggest week in Xbox history," with 800,000 units sold in the US over a 24-hour period.

The Xbox 360 moved nearly a million systems in the US in a single week.

For the full week, Microsoft said the Xbox 360 sold 960,000 systems in the US. That tops any other single-week total from the Xbox 360 or original Xbox.

The Kinect motion-sensing camera peripheral also sold in droves, with more than 750,000 units sold in the US for the week. That figure includes the stand-alone Kinect hardware (which was widely discounted for much of the weekend), as well as the Kinect units bundled with Xbox 360 systems. The 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle was the subject of many sales, with a wide swath of retailers selling the normally $300 bundle for $200 as part of Black Friday.

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QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

@ebookerd1 Yeah I have been a Live member for at least 6 years. My xbox crapped out on me after it was fixed a few years before that. I called customer service, i gave them my specs, and they gave me the new gen black xbox. I had recently bought a 250gb hard drive so they gave me one with that capacity. I have never complained about Microsoft since. But i do take it back about Sony. After my account was hacked and tons of $ was withdrawn from PSN account, they sent me a Vita. Although it did take a few angry phone calls and emails. ;)

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@QOSMSTR Dude a free 250 sounds like a win to me!

Aaron_Knuts1
Aaron_Knuts1

Pretty soon, everyone in America will have an Xbox 360.

reptar707
reptar707

@warhawk-geeby Yea, it will probably be the same concept as the arcade

reptar707
reptar707

@phatjam98 I'm well aware that is how it is now. I was simply answering the question as to whether they were going to make models for both hardcore and casual gamers.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@reptar707 Ahh, never saw that. Good thinking in that case, basically the next Arcade then?

Pierce0575
Pierce0575

Yep ... And I was 1 of them to buy 1 too :)

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot PS3 had to play catchup with its software library genius. Again do a little research. Harping on lack of built in WiFi is just sad. Its an extra feature that wasn't a big deal when the Xbox launched and was later incorporated after it became more integrated into society. It helped to cut down on costs making it more affordable in its early years. You really have no clue do you. And please, copy what I've said and show everyone how I negate what I say. You asked me to go back to your post as evidence I didn't know what I was talking about. So I did and showed that everything I said was based on what you yourself had said. You simply make blanket statements with nothing to back anything up, no stats or facts. I'm done with you, you clearly have no sense of reason and I'm sure my big words and logic just turn your little mind to mush.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot LOL you are so dumb. So you are arguing semantics with your whole MGS4 is the last game you REALLY played. LOL what does that mean, you've played all the other games but only for like 20 min before you traded them in for another? Ohhhhh you got me soo good with that one LOL. Xbox Update: "New features will include Facebook sharing, Cloud storage for game saves and a new feature within Xbox Live profiles called Beacons that makes it easier for Xbox users to find their friends when playing online. The update will also deliver support for YouTube and Bing searches, utilising voice control via Microsoft’s Kinect accessory. The Xbox Live TV service is also rolling out with this update, showcasing content from a number of US and UK partners including the BBC, HBO, Comcast, Syfy and Bravo. These channels will be available to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers." DO A GOOGLE SEARCH http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2011/11/22/microsofts-new-metro-inspired-xbox-360-update-to-roll-out-on-december-6/ Are you really this uninformed?

MoreThot
MoreThot

@phatjam98 ok and tell me everything that this update is going to improve/implement/patch up on the current xbl interface/platform... oh and please site a credible reference. and 2 I didn't ever say in any of those sentences that mgs4 was the last console game i played... I stated its the last console game i REALLY played... meaning actually put time into.. Come on guy.. lol i feel as if im teaching pre-k here.. and they finally released it in 2010.. damn, talk about late forth comings here.. ps3 had it in what 06' and you're talking about the ps3 playing catch up. hah. It took microsoft 4 years to get something as simple as wireless i-net built in. Hell they had tv's you could hook up to the internet before the xbox put a built in i-net in. I mean you're just negating most of what you said earlier and more of what you say now by reposting what i post and replying back to it again with more ignorance. Just stop while you're ahead.. wait, too late.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot c)"And a lot of the ps3 exclusives put the xbox exclusives to shame in graphics. I was referring to the ps3 having more potential in its hardware to crank out better results in software. MGS4 was and still is the best looking console game i've seen to date all around. Along with the best gameplay on a console game i've played to date." -Again in your next post you clarify that MGS4 is the last game you have played on the consoles which came out June 12 2008 meaning you've missed out on some of the greatest games of this Gen on both the PS3 and 360. This makes your "opinion" dated and quite invalid. d)"Hell the xbox FINALLY came out with built in wi-fi. Before that you had to pay like $100 to have wireless." -Again showing your lack of current knowledge as the slim(which included the wireless) was released in June 2010, more than a year and a half ago. Now what makes my post invalid about you having no business talking about consoles or games in these forms? Gotta hurt just a tad when you burn yourself. Maybe you should take your name for what its worth and give your posts MoreThot?

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot You make no sense. I have read your post and you state that a)"the movie, kinect, and all that motion crap is just.. crap. It's all terrible, good idea but its just terrible." b)"As for sony's network, i've never had any problem with connection or anything with their network my entire time owning a ps3. Put aside the gay hackers that have no life. and xbl doesn't really do update, you pay so that microsoft can put continuous money in their pockets. Why would someone want to pay for their internet twice? I dont understand." -Having stated in your next post that you rarely ever use your 360 or PS3 its clear why you would make such a dumb statement as the 360 and XBL are updated at a pace that has caused some to complain about the frequency and depth of the updates(next updated due Dec 6th by the way)

MoreThot
MoreThot

@phatjam98 Really? come on now.. Re read the post before my last... If you comprehend it after the 2nd read through you'll see that your post is invalid. Sorry kiddo.

mellow09
mellow09

@mike300zxt Almost all governments are a republic. By saying democracy you specify how the process takes place. Correcting someone in the opposite is akin to correcting someone to their being white, when they are talking about skin pigmentation. The problem with the US is that it doesn't necessarily run like a democracy (because it is so corrupt) and that it was designed to be bigoted.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@reptar707 You do know that this current Gen has the same business model right? The 4Gig for casual and 250Gig for Hardcore.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot LOL that is like a gay guy commenting on how sexy a woman is or isn't. You admit you don't play games on the systems at all. The last game you played was MGS4. Get out of here troll.

MoreThot
MoreThot

@Phatjam98 LOL just as much business as everyone else considering i own a 360 and ps3. LAWL.

Glacius-V
Glacius-V

"go buy the RPGs for the console." I wish I had an argument for that....but sadly I do not.Where is L.O. 2?"sniffle"

Shadow_Fire41
Shadow_Fire41

way to pwn Nintendo.........ok to the 960,000 who bought these, go buy the RPGs for the console.

dylan35
dylan35

cant wait to pick up Star Wars console upon release !!!!! My lil ol 360 gets a new friend!!!!

reptar707
reptar707

@Warhawk-geeby to answer the question about which direction xbox is going to take with the new system, you should read the article that came out about it. They have a part in it that says that they are considering making 2 different levels of consoles. One for the more hardcore gamer and one for the recreational one.

01706_123
01706_123

well deserved especially for kinect

XanderZane
XanderZane

They sold more this week then they did in the same period last year. Amazing. That was without a price cut on M$ part. Imagine what they would have sold if they actually cut the price? My only question now is, how many PS3 and Wii units were sold in the U.S. during B.F.?

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot LOL so what business do you have posting about consoles?

Supabul
Supabul

For Christmas I want a Used $200 PC

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@MOwens9512 Yeah man I suppose you have a point, seems like Microsoft has cracked the family market. It'll sure as hell be interesting to see what direction they go with the next Xbox, family focused or for the hardcore? Nintendo made a killing with the Wii, wouldn't suprise me if M$ want some of that pie.

MoreThot
MoreThot

@phatjam98 ps3 fanboy? lol hardly, i rarely even play my ps3 and even more so my 360, the most either of these systems see in action is playing a movie. I'm a pc player for the better control and superior hardware. Plus the last game i really played was MGS4, all the other games you mentioned i played on pc.

CTR360
CTR360

WOW awesome sales congrats M$ and 360

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Phatjam98 how on earth do you use multiplate games sale against exclusive game sales & im not pumped about u3 sale i dont have the game i used it to make a point it sold 3.8mill in a day thats good for a ps3 exclusive & the vid i was stating is filled with facts

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@tanerb We talk about gameplay here, remember? @DashRender619 So you can put K&M on both 360 and PS3, developers don't want to, but you actually can. You people are really jumpy, don't you? ;p

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Icehearted Yes in 2008 there were so many new members that XBL experienced slowdowns, downtime and disconnects.... for 2 weeks.... without any personal info being stolen or other issues. Then MS corrected the infrastructure and it has never been a problem since. So what are you kids talking about. Are you really trying to compare Server overload with total failure to secure personal data? Please.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@MoreThot Really? You think MSG4 is the best looking and best gameplay to date? You really don't have a wide range of game interests do you? Mass Effect, Skyrim, LA Noir, Dead Space, all better graphically, all better game play, all better story. Even though that is opinion on either side, to say that one game is basicly the "king" of this gen is one of the most narrow minded comments of all time. Also, for you to simply dismiss the PSN hack out of hand shows how bias you truly are. Its clear you are not capable of fair thought as you are fully dug in with your PS3. Motion controls are the way of the future and everyone can see that. Its fine that you are only interested in sitting on your couch motionless but understand the tech is not crap. It is the foundation of what is to come. It will be improved upon and taken advantage of. And what are you talking about PS3 exclusives put xbox to shame in graphics? Again another simple narrow minded comment. Games look almost identical on each machine and in fact the first 2 years of PS3 it couldn't keep up with the 360. See Unreal, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Mass Effect(when if finally got to PS3). Go ahead, read about those games and how the PS3 failed miserably with them. At least you show yourself for what you are, a full on PS3 fanboy with no sense of reason or honesty.

Icehearted
Icehearted

@Phatjam98 The outage of 2008. Undertow was the mediocre gift.

MoreThot
MoreThot

@Phatjam98 well first of all the movie, kinect, and all that motion crap is just.. crap. It's all terrible, good idea but its just terrible. As for sony's network, i've never had any problem with connection or anything with their network my entire time owning a ps3. Put aside the gay hackers that have no life. and xbl doesn't really do update, you pay so that microsoft can put continuous money in their pockets. Why would someone want to pay for their internet twice? I dont understand. And a lot of the ps3 exclusives put the xbox exclusives to shame in graphics. I was referring to the ps3 having more potential in its hardware to crank out better results in software. MGS4 was and still is the best looking console game i've seen to date all around. Along with the best gameplay on a console game i've played to date. Hell the xbox FINALLY came out with built in wi-fi. Before that you had to pay like $100 to have wireless.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@Icehearted That was in 2004/05 when XBL got slammed by millions of new accounts. Since then XBL has been massivly overhauled to ensure it doesn't happen again. There has been no down time, no slow connections and no problems. So what are you talking about?

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@demonkingx5 you are sure you can find a vid saying otherwise? Am I supposed to be impressed that you can find some geek that made a vid talking about how great steam or PSN is? And since you have an Old PC, exactly what games are you playing on PSN? CS: Source? Give me a break. And you are pumped about 3.8 mil uncharted sold? Really? Sure that is a good figure for a game... however when compared to other games... Halo3(14.5 mil) COD Black Ops(12mil), Gears(5mil) GTA4(4.2mil) and those are Xbox 360 numbers only. COD Black Ops total was around 15mil, GTA 4 was at around 7mil. The top selling game for PS3 is GT5 at 6.4 mil. Give me a break with Uncharted. LOL

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

@Phatjam98 i have a old PC & i game on steam you can't say XBL is a better value than steam & PSN im sure i can find a vid saying otherwise

megakick
megakick

If u don't play BF 3 on recommended settings now what are you going to play in a couple years without upgrading probably nothing great. Xbox was released in 2005 and plays BF 3. Let's see your 2005 Gaming PC do that? Your really not saving money if you go cheap on a gaming PC. A GTX 460 with i5 intel or equilavant is ok for now but it won't last you very long PC tech pretty much doubles every 18 months. Crysis was released in 2008 and the minimum requirements are 6800 GT 256 mb with Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz. You can't play BF 3 on that PC.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@eBentl I only say Steam is an XBL clone because its social features like friends and acheivments came after XBL. Steam is an online store so their really is no comparison. And while you could build a 700 PC to play most games, that is still 500 more than a basic console and 400 more than a premium one. Also, while PC's can be hooked up to plasma and LCD TV's these days, how many people are going to set up a PC in their living room? Again, I am a PC gamer at heart, but the Devs have pretty much left us out in the cold. The last great PC exclusive was Crysis and since then there havn't been any limit pushers to speak of. Its sad.

Icehearted
Icehearted

The last time something like this happened Xbox Live burst into flames, and we were gifted a mediocre game for it's downtime. It'll be interesting to see where the Gold subscriptions go after all the freebie time is used up... and you just know they're going to chirp about the rise in subscription as if the freebies had nothing to do with it. I also have to wonder how many of these are people replacing their sh***y hardware. Mine's an old core that doesn't even have HDMI on it (I think it was a first run) and even I was tempted to give in and replace it, but it still technically works, and my new PS3 slim runs more quietly anyway. I guess all I'm trying to say is that these numbers will all have to be taken with a grain of salt.

AceCometh
AceCometh

While the 4gb hdd is small and unable to hold much, hard drives are going down in price and will drop even more so as time goes by. So it's a moot point, really.

eBentl
eBentl

@Phatjam98 PC gaming has become somewhat cheaper, Could build a $700 system to play probably everything but maybe bf3 on ultra settings and when talking about screen size a PC can be hooked up to a TV just as easily as a console. Also to call Steam an XBL copy seems kinda ridiculous, as you said yourself, they're not really comparable. I agree with must of the things you said but that stuff was a bit off.

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

@ebookerd1 WOOOOOW. Watch, she brings it home and her son wanted a PS3 lol I would have bought an xbox over black friday, but microsoft sent me a new 250g to cover my old 250g. Way better than what sony would have done unfortunately...

tanerb
tanerb

@Warlord_Irochi the aging part is the display driver and the chip not the controller.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@Warlord_Irochi Why fix what isn't broken? Would never trade in my M&K for a clumsy controller(I can play with a controller,but aiming feels stiff,unnatural compared to my mouse...) Also,if you're a PC gamer,you're always left with an option to plug in whatever you want to play your games on... Also,how are M&K relevant to this discussion?

soulless4now
soulless4now

Funny, I was just wondering who still had an interest in Kinect and apparently 750,000 Americans do. I stand corrected.