Xbox 360 tops April console sales, Kinect library to triple in 2011

Q&A: Microsoft product manager says system added 297,000 units last month, rules out price cut; Kinect Sports sells 3 million, Dance Central moves 2.5 million.

Today, the NPD Group issued its US retail sales report for April, revealing total consumer spending rose a sizable 20 percent. And though the firm did not release specific software or hardware sales figures, Microsoft followed up that announcement with one of its own, proclaiming the Xbox 360 as the top-selling console in April with an additional 297,000 units. That performance marks 11 of the past 12 months in which the Xbox 360 topped the PlayStation 3 and Wii.

Kinect Sports is striking gold on the Xbox 360.

Following the announcement, GameSpot spoke with Xbox Group product manager David Dennis, who said that Xbox 360 sales climbed a massive 60 percent sales in April. Total retail spend on the Xbox platform reached $310 million during the month, a figure which the company says beats out Nintendo and Sony.

"I think it's continued momentum coming out of the holiday for us," Dennis said. "We had a great run with Xbox and Kinect. It won 11 out of 12 months; we lost December by a small margin because we ran out of consoles because Kinect was on fire, and we picked that run up again in January. We've been the best-selling console so far this year in 2011."

Dennis also trumpeted software sales, saying that Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, Crysis 2, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, and Michael Jackson: The Experience sold best on the Xbox 360.

With these strong sales figures in mind, Dennis said that gamers should not expect the Xbox 360 to follow the Wii's price cut. "You really only drop price when you need to, and with the continued momentum that we've got, we don't have any plans in the works," he said. "As long as we continue to bring great games and have good momentum, that isn't something you'll see us consider."

Saying Kinect sales are "as expected," Dennis also noted that Kinect isn't likely to see a price cut any time soon. "Not right now," he said. "The momentum around it is great. The games pipeline is a rich one, and I think we'll keep things where they're at until we see otherwise." As for that pipeline, Microsoft said that it expects to triple the Kinect games portfolio by the end of the year.

Dennis declined to say how many Kinect units were sold during the month. However, he did call out the performance of Kinect Sports and Dance Central, which have now sold 3 million units and 2.5 million units worldwide, respectively. "For Kinect games to be posting the numbers that they are, we feel great about that momentum," he said.

GameSpot also asked Dennis about the current turmoil at Sony surrounding the PlayStation Network. He said that while he didn't have information concerning Xbox Live usage, he could say that the outage hasn't resulted in any noticeable impact on Xbox 360 sales. Dennis also confirmed that Microsoft hasn't received any attack of its own and that the publisher did not take any extra security measures that weren't already standard practice in the wake of the attack.

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@DanteDelacoix I'm pretty sure anything to do with the 360 is selling more here than anywhere else, but I also think that North America is the biggest draw in the video game market. It used to be that you had to win Japan in order to succeed in gaming, but now it seems that the tides have turned, and North America is the key player. We even see Japanese developers/publishers trying to catch up, and see what they can do to try to gain the same appeal that most companies like Activision,EA,2K,etc., are gaining here in the states. Capcom is doing a good job at it, although Lost Planet 2 was a big let down.

hordaak
hordaak

GO XBOX!!!! For all the haters....the xbox outsold the other consoles 11 of the past 12 months??? I know alot of people eating their words right now...

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

Id like it broken down into regions because Id like to see how many units have sold where. It would be interesting to see how many have sold in, say Japan. For all I know, 90% of kinect sales could be in North America, which wouldnt surprise me, so I'd just like to see region specific figures to see how the sales have spread out

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@DanteDelacoix Why?Curious to why you would like to see it broken down in regions?

CrashOV
CrashOV

I guess we can expect more short annoying party games for the kinect then next year that do nothing special and take annoying pictures of you acting stupid to take you right out of the game vibe at the end of every level. Lets face it. the kinect is a great idea but the games are burying the product.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@steveguttenberg, I'm sorry for the aggressive post, i admit i may have jumped the gun by assuming you were simply posting a mindless and irrelevant post and apologise, having seen the previous attempts by 'GeaorgeBotts23'. My comments are in no way born out of Defensive fanboy-ism or manufacturer loyalty, i simply just can't stand people posting completely stupid and pointless posts with the misguided assumptions that their 'Opinions' are actually Facts. I used 'Wiki' simply due to being the first site that appeared when performing a search for 'Current Kinect Titles' simply to indicate the current and upcoming Kinect titles. Finally, i do understand and can relate to your opinion on Kinect. @jodyben, Although i dont own a PS3 or Wii, i understand their appeal and respect the fact that people 'Choose' what best appeals to them, with this said i dont ever feel the need to belittle or slate a user based on the platform they own / prefer as that would be simply ignorant. Regarding Competition, i could'nt agree with you more and i think MS and Sony are very well matched, and kind of have a Symbiotic relationship, whereby although competing against each other, they actually rely on each other in order to develop new ideas and technologies therefore 'forcing' them to strive for a better idea / technology, otherwise they would simply become complacant and lazy.

jodyben
jodyben

Thank you @thenephariouson. It seems very few people can have a debate on this site without reverting to name calling, or instults. Here's an article on Kotaku where people discuss more than belittle. http://kotaku.com/5801760/according-to-retailers-perturbed-ps3-owners-are-ditching-the-platform-migrating-to-360 Personally I believe both systems are great, and we as consumers will lose out if one or the other were not on the market because of lack of competition. Pls excuse poor grammar, spelling, etc..

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

@thenephariouson, It's called hyperbole, or exagerration for effect, not to be taken literally. The Kinect has very few games, so saying that it has two games is a comedic exagerration that drives home this point. Since you like wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbole And I have a Kinect. I like it very much. But I'm gonna be joking about the lack of games until it gets a good number of them.

buying1999
buying1999

Well there U go. 360 still kicking butt and taking names.

DanteDelacoix
DanteDelacoix

id still like to see these worldwide sales figures split into regions, would be much more interesting

phillkillv2
phillkillv2

Nothing bad about this. In the end it is a pretty damn good console.

megakick
megakick

because it makes the poster forget about the flaws of there favorite console. the SONY company has a horrendous history and policy that alone is enough for me to stay away from anything they make. PS3 AND XBOX 360 PRETTY MUCH DO THE SAME THING.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I don't see why people feel the need to post the reasons why they hate a particular console? If you don't like it don't buy it, or play it. Simple as that. Not a fan of Kinect, well don't purchase it.It adds a bit of variety to the 360, and while I don't play mine all the time, it does give me a different type of experience when I want to play it. I also play my PS3 and Wii once in a while, which leaves me nothing to diss, or speak negatively about on these topics, therefore missing out on what provokes these upset gamers to post such nonsense!lol

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@steveguttenberg, Not to be anal or anything, or wanting to begin a mindnumbing childish tit-for-tat spat, i simply thought i'd post the link below, not just to highlight your ignorance, but to simply highlight the current and upcoming Kinect titles. So next time you fancy posting a completely stupid and ignorant post, do us all a favour and save those precious braincells of yours for more important tasks, such as learning how to walk upright. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Kinect_games

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Kinect library to triple? What's two times three? Six? Six games. Now I'm excited.

clsmithj
clsmithj

I just stumbled on Dominicobaggio saying America doesn't matter when it comes to console sales. News flash, North America is the primary focus of console wars, going back to Nintendo vs SEGA, or Atari vs Intellivison, to PlayStation vs Dreamcast. You keep on looking at sales figures in Japan and India, while us big boys look at the big picture.

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

I just stumbled on this and just wanted to add to the conversation, this talk of the xbox selling most is just in america, not global where it counts so if you are interested its worth going out and looking at global figures. Secondly firmware updates are not forced on ps3. Infact you can put them on when you want, sometimes it wont let you play online till you do them but i always wait a few days anyway to make sure they are safe (or you will find they have been up a few days before you notice them so its not a worry) So a lot of misinformation and jealousy on both sides. N just my 2pence, both have crap motion control systems and the money should have been pumped into the next gen :P On the flip side, just imagine if both companies pooled talent and brought out a sony 360 for next gen. Blue ray, better capacity, option to pay for ms online or sony free. cross console play. wow. that would be cool in my eyes, then i could show you all the ps3 controller is teh best!!111!! (joke)

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@ GeaorgeBotts23 No one cares about your Skateboard Shop here... No really. Your teen hang out has nothing to do with this news. The only facts you have shown us has been, you are a PS3 fanboy who acts like he really is 12. Now that I think of it. Only a kid would post what you have posted. Dude, if you don't like something cool. But coming here and putting people down for what they like is kids play. I have wii, 360, and PS3. So what if I like 360 better. That is what I think. Not a fact. If some one thinks the Kinect is crap, don't make it crap. I play it from time to time. my just turned 9 year old, 13 year old and my wife play it. If I can have fun time with my family, I'm all for it. No one wants to give the Kinect or the move time to come out with really cool stuff. Any time news hits about them, people run to bash with out thinking about what they can and will do down the line. Fact is. Just because you or others dont like it, don't make it crap. This PS3vs360vswii fight is just stupid. Come one people.. They are toys for the masses. If you don't like the 360, what ever but stop talking crap and stop the lies. You look like a fool.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@raahsnavj Did you play it (Kinect) by yourself? Well, your entitled to your opinion, but I found Kinect Sports to be one of the funner titles. Then again I play it with my 12 year old sons. To each his own I guess.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@thebeachguy90 True indeed. A lot of people were saying the PS3 was doomed at first, with it's high price, steep learning curve to develop for, etc., but it put those doubters to rest, especially once the key games were released. The PS3 will be fine and it has gained a lot of momentum within the last 2 years. I'm glad all of them are selling well and couldn't agree with you more. The more game consoles will give us gamers more of a variety to choose from.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

How much you guys wanna bet that GeaorgeBotts23 ends up buying the new console released by Microsoft?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@thenephariouson Well put on your previous post concerning GeaorgeBotts23, and his alliance towards the PS3. It's not really that bad playing all the consoles, really , some should give it a try and stop trying to spread the hate!lol

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@Phatjam98 Take into consideration that Xbox 360 came out a year before PS3. One guy buys it, his friends buy it, their friends buy it. It's a never ending chain. Obviously the year head start gave it a boost. Considering it's year head start yet PS3 is currently about only 3 million behind . that was the last total sales update, it's made a pretty good catchup. But like I said before the PS3 is going to lose momentum for awhile because of the PSN outage. I know some people are trading in their consoles so what? You think the same didn't happen to Xbox during the RROD crisis? Xbox had it's difficult moments and it recovered , so why can't PS3?. And there's still at least 5 more years left in this generation. You act like Playstation is a dying breed. It's not. It just has great competition, Xbox has done a great job in winning over the American audience. I would hate it if Sony were a monopoly. Competition is good for all companies like I said before.

jcbullen
jcbullen

@paranormalnut I know that this makes no sense, but calling anybody a troll for any reason is, under the terms of use, considered trolling. You can get modded for it. I don't know if you care, just a heads up. I agree with pretty much everything you said though.

swamptick
swamptick

Another article demonstrating how Microsoft has it's act together! Keep it up!

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@thebeachguy90 Actually this competition is good for Sony. They got big heads over the past decade and they are learning some hard lessons recently. If you want to know a great reason why the PS3 does better in some areas that the Xbox and vice verce, take a look at perrybeeinoz's post. He is from Australia and makes very valid points as to why this could be and I very much agree with him. I promise you that here in the US, kids do not go out and say to their parents, "Hey Mom, Dad, can we get the Xbox, it is made in america!" That is foolish to think that. Friends install base, game styles, and price points, those are the main selling points to kids plain and simple. And I'm sorry but the PS3 is pretty far back. World wide the numbers are that the 360 has sold a bit more than 3 million units than PS3. 3 million, with the sales numbers the PS3 is reporting of around 200k per month lately, means that if Xbox didn't sell another console, the PS3 would catch up in 15 months, 1 year and 3 months... so it would be even with Xbox next August or Sept. If Xbox suddenly stopped selling completely. And this isn't good news for PS3 either: http://tech2.in.com/news/playstation-3/gamers-trading-in-their-playstation-consoles/218882

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@perrybeeinoz YES!!!! A valid well thought out argument!!!!! I agree, I lived in England for 6 years as a kid and I do know that about other countries. Price differences, and popularity vary as well as game interest. The PS was always very popular over their and I have no doubt that it has alot to do with what your friends have. That is one aspect of the 360 that I didn't mention as a reason I choose the Xbox was my friends. XBL is the model for online gaming experience, and the achievements system just makes it that much more enjoyable to play with and compete with friends. Here in the states, at least in my circle, the Xbox is everywhere. Halo of course is what got it started with its online play and it just snowballed with many other online FPS's that we love here in the states. Great points, and great to hear your perspective. To anyone out there posting on this site, this is how you respond to a debatable question.

Bezee4u
Bezee4u

Please Fanboyism aside, I enjoy my Kinect a lot, Its fun playing with my family.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@GeaorgeBotts23 Um, what are you talking about? Uncharted 2 won GOTY when it was up against Left 4 Dead 2, Assassins Creed 2, and Batman. All come nowhere near Mass Effect, the Elder Scrolls, or LA Noire production writing and reach. Throw into that mix the potential for Rage, and the sheer fanbase for Gears of War 3 and the field for GOTY this year destroys 09 when Uncharted 2 won. So, its cool that you are an uncharted fan, it does look like a fun game, but it does not come close to the games that are coming out this year. Hell, I even forgot to mention Deus Ex. This year is the year of the games.

Phatjam98
Phatjam98

@GeaorgeBotts23 That is factually untrue. Please do some research as I did and you will learn that the failure rate for the launch Xbox 360's was 23% in its first 2 years. When the smaller cooler chipset came out that number dropped dramatically. Since '09 the failure rate has been around 2.8%, and in the last year it is down to under 2%. If you have problems doing research let me know and I'll post all kinds of links to independent research companies findings that show actual failure rates.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Right, portal 2 sold better than on steam... maybe he was only comparing console sales. I finally got a chance to play Kinect this week as it was at the vacation condo I stayed at. I wouldn't spend $50 on that junk. Dance Central is the only game actually somewhat fun to play, but Rythmn games in general are dieing off around my house. It lasted 4 hours or so though. Everything else was one and done - and Kinect Sports was garbage.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

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paranormalnut
paranormalnut

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thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@GeaorgeBotts23, Your pointless and quite comical posts are not only completely irrelevant (and in many cases unfounded) due to being mainly based on your worthless opinion, but also confirm that had your brains been made out of dynamite, you would'nt have enough to blow your hat off!

rasterror
rasterror

Besides I love the Live Marketplace's games a whole lot better. The exclusives there can't be beat. I probably play those games the most because I can jump in and out because of my schedule.

rasterror
rasterror

you would think GeaorgeBotts23 has invested in Sony by the way he trolls. Are you mad that the 360 is pulling in the profits and Sony is just finally starting to recoup money from the PS3's losses and the PSP Go's failure? Are you mad?

jcbullen
jcbullen

@rasterror Meh, obviously nothing can be said to the PS3 fanatic. I think it's time for us to ignore him.

rasterror
rasterror

@GeaorgeBotts23 Ever since it came out Sony and their fanbabies keep saying every year is year of the PS3. Yes there is Uncharted 3 which I'm definitely getting but what else? And unlike Sony the 360 doesn't showcase games until E3 where they know it will be done and ready. How many exclusive PS3 games have been delayed and cancelled all together?

zeroninetyseven
zeroninetyseven

@GeaorgeBotts23 You're just a stupid PS3 fanboy. How's not being able to play online for the past 3 weeks and counting, huh?

rasterror
rasterror

@GeaorgeBotts23 And the PS3 also has failures. Anything can break. My 360 RRoD'd once while my PS3 failed twice. With my 360 it only took ten days and I got a free year of Live and $50 in points. My PS3? It took a month the first time and the second time they held it hostage for 3 months because I wouldn't pay them $150 when they bricked it with an unavoidable firmware update.

rasterror
rasterror

@jcbullen Good looking on the comment. I appreciate it.

digi-demon
digi-demon

@GeaorgeBotts23 Dissing Xbox on a Xbox news item... Trollllalllallaalaa?

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

@jcbullen I own a Skateboard Shop cause its a great way to make money and teenagers and practically anybody who skates comes in to my shop and brings me business.

Dal25
Dal25

Hopefully something good will appear!

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

@beardrewz You think 360 has better games,exclusives, controller etc than ur sorely mistaken. 2011 is all bout the Ps3 Exclusives. All 360 has is Gears 3 and thats it.

GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

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GeaorgeBotts23
GeaorgeBotts23

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gynotikolobomas
gynotikolobomas

A good RTS on the Kinect will sell it for me. I hear they are developing Halo Wars 2 for it. If they get it right, it could be revolutionary. They may begin closing the gap between PC and console RTS.