Xbox 360 US sales hit 281,000 in January

Microsoft's console leads all current-generation platforms, driving $338 million in total retail spend during the month.

Citing NPD data, Microsoft announced today it sold 281,000 Xbox 360 units in January in the United States, marking the system's 25th straight month as the top-selling console in the region. Year-on-year sales are up, as Microsoft sold 270,000 Xbox 360 units during January 2012.

Gamers spent a total of $338 million on Xbox 360 consoles and accessories during the month, the most for any console, Microsoft said.

Xbox 360 market share now stands at 44 percent.

The NPD Group's full January 2013 report is now available.

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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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tr1bes
tr1bes

So they sold that many.  I guess 20% of 281k boxes is 56k have issue like the RROD. Replace, Replace, Replace, fuck I get a ps3 instead. No more replacing xbox, no more wasted time waiting, no more visisting the post office often(hey at least we are helping the Post Office Worker, yay). Shit, why don't they do a better QA instead?  Don't worry, M$ have mucho money to spare.  I suggest to everyone, wait until 1-2 years before SONY, M$, Nintendo put any systems out.  Otherwise, you might piss off your pants and visit the POST OFFICE.

shanoobergloobe
shanoobergloobe

a 7-8 year old console able to out sell the new current gen Wii U.....

nintendo fail..

Evo8u
Evo8u

Sony fanboys love denial. The simple facts are MS has 44% of the console market and sells more games and accessories than Sony or Nintendo combined so in the end MS wins by a large margine. On top of that the only way sony is going to make any profits this yr is because they sold their head quarters here in the U.S. They are bleeding money and haven't made shit in yrs and even if they did it would be a lot less than what MS makes.

rygar9
rygar9

if you guys are so happy with your ps3 then why is it that if you look at game/console numbers the 360 blows both the ps3 and wii away so if your so happy with it buy some games..  i own all and have a total of 6 ps3 games and over a hundred 360 games but i have a hacked wii with over 500 wii games its my wifes but its not worth it to hack my 550$ ps3 paperweight and i play way to much on my 360 to even consider it mostly online so it would defeat my purpose i dont need my wii online so its cool besides i have games all the way back to the orginal donkey kong i recommend everyone to hack their wiis its pretty cool to rent or borrow a game download it and its yours  

buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

Well the next gen xbox will not sell as well not with the crap kinect being forced on to people. At least the buyers will have a nice shiny paperweight.

Blanka13
Blanka13

xbox360 gonna sell more than ps4 from that shit i see from $ony :)

csward
csward

Lots of red ringed consoles needing to be replaced, eh?

funkinslick
funkinslick

how many are new sales and how many are replacing broken xboxes?

blackace
blackace

This is obvious. Been going on for over 2 years now.

farcorners
farcorners

blah blah blah, say the commentary pundits.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

Technically PS3 outsold the 360, overall, last year. They finally surpassed Xbox sales in December 2012. And supposedly Wii outsold them both. Supposedly.

the_verybest
the_verybest

Seems like nothing is gonna outsell the xbox. 

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

People like obsequies click on this topic, which is about the success of the 360, just to hate on it. It's funny, I guess some folks have to focus their negative energy somewhere,

obsequies
obsequies

lol reporting monthly us sales for the 360 in the US is about as pointless as reporting monthly sales of the ps3 in japan come oooonnnn. In fact its even less pointless as The US don't even have another competitor. The only thing that really matters then are Global Sales and the 360 is a loser. MAC RULES!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Hard to believe a consoel released in 2005 is still able to run 90% of multiplatform games at better frame rates and resolutions than their PS3 counterparts even though ps3 was released a year late.

wyan_
wyan_

Even when Microsoft releases the 720 this year, the 360 will still be selling more than the Wii U. Nintendo owes us an apology in the form of a real kick ass system for the next next gen... if they can hold on that long.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

Funny how quickly (mostly from loyalists and some gaming media sites) jump to praise those numbers in the US alone, and yet ignore how hard has been for Microsoft to penetrate other markets ever since it launched.

US 2013 Jan sales: ~212k
EU 2013 Jan sales: ~160k
JPN 2013 Jan sales: ~3.5k
Rest of the World 2013 Jan sales: ~56k

tr1bes
tr1bes

I mean after Sony, M$, nintendo put out their systems.  Wait and be patient.  Good things will come to those who wait.  i don't know who said that but it's a valid point.

surferosh
surferosh

@Blanka13 

yeah but how many of these sales are repeat customers who have a lot of 360 games and want to play with their buddies but their machines get broke again and again.. and again..

surferosh
surferosh

@the_verybest  yes.. esp in the States.. and that too cos they get broken over and over... 

obsequies
obsequies

@godzillavskong I get what you're doing there playing the ol hipocrit are we. As soon as someone has a higher ground on a conversation you cannot even argue about you just put them down..big man

joluvsrnb
joluvsrnb

@Phazevariance because x box is easy to make games for,  aand the ps3 vers is a port, hideo kojima has said ps3 ports only use 50% of ps power, so u should get ur facts right

csward
csward

@Phazevariance Are you nuts? The 360 runs games worse than the PS3 and I've had both systems. I mean, compare the specs, it's not hard to figure out. Why are you trolling?

obsequies
obsequies

@Phazevariance only poor people play multiplatform ports on console, the rest have a console for their purpose...all their exclusives

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@hitman047m4 Only way Microsoft will ever succeed in Japan is if they change their name, to maybe Honda, or Sony, and disguise themselves as a Japanese company, then maybe they can win over their loyalty.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@obsequies Btw, talking about someone putting someone down? Weren't you just the one calling people poor if they didn't own a PC for multiplats? And I quote," go play your welfare box"?? And you say I'm a hypocrite? You have to be under the age of 12, so I forgive you.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@obsequies You got me. How'd you figure that out??

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

@csward @Phazevariance You 'owned' both yet I still own both and I can tell you that 360 definitely runs multiplats as good or better. All review sites agree.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@obsequies @Phazevariance Your logic is nonexistent. Regardless of what system you play a multiplat on, it's still a multiplat. 99% of all games are multiplats. If you buy a 360 and a PS3 just to play their exclusives you are looking at 25 games total. That's moronic.

blackace
blackace

@godzillavskong 

That's actually a brilliant idea. Make the system, naming it differently and have Samsung sell it for them. Pay Samsung to market and get more 3rd party Japanese company on board. I wonder how that would work out.

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

@silvergol What is wrong with XboxLive in Japan? Didn't hackers created a "Miiverse" version for Xbox? Just asking out of curiosity because I do not live, or know anyone, in Japan.

pimpofdoom
pimpofdoom

@godzillavskong if anything you need some extra money laying around to play xbox online lol, pc online for the most part is free.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@obsequies @Giglioroninomic No I'm saying your comment would make more sense if you said it was as pointless to report US 360 sales as it is to report JP Nintendo sales. The Japanese are entrenched in buying mobile, crappy, regurgitated games just as much as we are with buying god awful CoD games.

Giglioroninomic
Giglioroninomic

@obsequies 

Uh lets see. One reason and one reason only. Almost all games, especially multiplats, are designed for console. They don't design separate port versions of games for PC anymore. That's why they are all god awful on PC, because they weren't meant to be played on a good machine. It's the reason the market has been screwed for PC and why console gaming has made a comeback.

obsequies
obsequies

@Giglioroninomic @obsequies @Phazevariance how is that moronic. why would I play a multiplat game on a console when I can play it on a pc..you're moronic. Real gamers don't just have consoles unless they're kids or too poor to provide for themselves. Run along and go play with your welfare box