Xbox 360 was best-selling US console in December

Microsoft says this marks the 24th consecutive month in which the console has come out on top; 1.4 million consoles sold in December.

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Microsoft has announced that its Xbox 360 console ended 2012 as the number one console in terms of units sold in the US.

According to the publisher, the Xbox 360 sold 1.4 million units in December.

Microsoft says this number is more than double the amount of the second-place console, and marks the 24th consecutive month that the 360 has been on top. Microsoft listed the NPD Group as a source for the latter statistic.

The publisher also announced that more than $1.27 billion was spent on Xbox 360 retail in December, including hardware, software, and accessories.

Today it was also revealed that Call of Duty: Black Ops II was the country's best-selling game for December and all of 2012, marking the fourth consecutive year in which a Call of Duty game has been the top-selling title.

Discussion

204 comments
buffaloblitz85
buffaloblitz85

These sales numbers can clearly be attributed to the Kinect and the massive list of great quality games that stem from this futuristic-perfected technology.  Sony only wishes they came out with a polished tech such as the kinect.

jay0012k3
jay0012k3

I own both consoles and I MUST admit, the Xbox 360 performs better in multi platform games compared to the PS3. I have personally verified dozens of games on both platforms (not exclusives) and the winner is the 360. The PS3 is disappointing from that angle. Having said that, this news hardly surprises me. The Xbox 360 is an American product through and through. It's only obvious the US has seen more sales of the 360. Also, if you are a person who plays a lot online, then the 360 is the better option than the PS3. So of course the 360 will fare better in the US. Having said that, these are stats for a SINGLE country. The 360 does not do well in some parts of Europe and much of Asia. The PS3 rules roost in those regions. Like I said, I own both systems and my personal choice is the Xbox 360. Oh btw, I am not an American. 

sunyatanada76
sunyatanada76

oh yeah! my system is better then yours, my country is better then yours and my religion belief system is better than yours. In your face as im looking in the mirror

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

Best system this gen, sorry.. I own a PS3 as well.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I have a ps3 and xbox, .. games on xbox movies on ps3.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Congrats on only doing well in america.

Says wonders about what sells here doesn't it?

slainta
slainta

Only in America… Bleeding nationalists. Europeans know better!

silvergol
silvergol

Nintendo rules everywhere! xbox 360 if you don´t take Europe and Japan you are nothing.

silvergol
silvergol

Nintendo still always better.! this xbox 360 on Japan just sucks.

Sling_Master
Sling_Master

Yes, I'm sure there were many twelve-year-olds that were going through their sixth system by then.

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

i don't know maybe it had to do with the fact halo 4 is nothing short of amazing. with price tag on 360, its surely a good reason to pick it up. i got both ps3 and xbox, best of both world. one has the superior online service(only downside you have to pay) and other has better exclusives. 

now wii that is a sad console, bought it, got bored in a month and sold it. me dun not want wii -_-

Morokoo
Morokoo

God, you go to something about Sony or Microsoft you can see blood flying everywhere, go to something about Nintendo and you can see blood flying everywhere about Sony and Microsoft.. you can't escape.

SolidTy
SolidTy

That's the United States for you. The 360 is firmly entrenched here, great marketing...they know that audience.

Worldwide sales? That's a different matter.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

well im an american so this is big news to me. america is where i live and its great to see the 360 continue to succeed and surpass its competitors in my own country.

Metronoid
Metronoid

Hmm , Im still waiting for the hardcore kinect games that MS promised , well it looks it ll be delayed until next Xbox, damn it.

scaperat1
scaperat1

I'm still waiting to see if it's worth getting a 360. They haven't exactly earned a good rep. The slim seems to be a little more reliable, but I'm pretty satisfied with my PS3. It has some good exclusives and PSN is great and I can download alot of the old PS1 and 2 games. I've been with Sony since the PS1. There was no reason for me not to get a PS3. I've always wanted to play the other Halo games besides the 1st and the Gears Of War series. I don't understand why people have to stick with just one console and hate the other one. I have a Wii, which I use to download and play old-school nintendo games. That's got great exclusives, too. People just love to hate. Wow. 

Maxmus050
Maxmus050

We all know that the Xbox 360 is popular in the USA, but when you look at the europe sales the PS3 almost outnumbers the xbox 360 by 4/5 to 1.

Cedar-Teeth
Cedar-Teeth

@Phazevariance The PS3 has: Demon Souls, Uncharted, God Of War, Infamous, Gran Turismo, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance, Killzone, Metal Gear Solid, The Last Of Us, LittleBigPlanet, and Beyond: Two Souls VS The Xbox 360  Halo, Gears Of War, Fable, Forza Motorsport. Why would you even use the PS3 as a Blu-Ray player you can buy a cheap Blu-Ray player for like $100 or less. 

kikook
kikook

@Phazevariance Uncharted, God of War, and Heavy Rain. Ps3, imo, has better exclusives. I would say 3rd party games Xbox 360

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@GamerMani Well since they only technically do well in america, no matter how good their sales are they are truly never a gen ruler.


silvergol
silvergol


@SolidTy  you are talking about bad sales on europe and japan. well Sony and Nintendo. are well more famous.

garyperson
garyperson

America accounts for 55% of gaming sales, so yeah its a big deal !

Lordcrabfood
Lordcrabfood

@TheOnlyConan Why must people bring up PCs all the time.  I stopped gaming on a PC as I was sick of the crap that goes along with it.  DRM, different specs for different games, unknown errors.  No thanks, nothing beats the ease of popping the disc in and just playing.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@Metronoid i knew the kinect was never going to be my cup of tea. sure one or two games were promised that kind of piqued my interest but i wasnt surprised at all when they never surfaced and besides, i wasnt going to buy a kinect just for one or two games. dont get me wrong, i love my 360, but i despise the kinect. i hate it because it reminds me of the wii, not because of the way it controls but because of the whole concept behind the device and who it caters to.

jay0012k3
jay0012k3

@scaperat1 The world needs more people such as yourself and fourclawider. Good on you guys. 

fourclawrider
fourclawrider

@scaperat1 I totally agree, i've been enjoying my xbox 360 for the last 7 years but when next gen gets here and current gen drops in price I'm bying myself a ps3. In my eyes console fanboys aren't true gamers cause what real gamer would want to deprive himself of great exclusives just for some allegiance to a piece of hardware. 

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

@Cedar-Teeth @Phazevariance I know what the ps3 has, I beat a bung of those games but there isn't much draw to either console lately. Also I never said I used it as my bluray player, I use it to stream shows and movies. PC is where it's at, Xbox has more selection of games overall (that just run better than the ps3 counterpart).

SolidTy
SolidTy

@garyperson It's not that big a deal, but it certainly is a large portion of the pie. I'm glad you are very excited about sales of one region, hopefully you get some money out of that excitement. ;)

Good on you.

masterdrat
masterdrat

@Lordcrabfood Click the game icon, launch the game, game loads and play way faster than any console. I don't think I had a problem with a game in the last 8 years on pc. Of course, I know how to build a good one and it makes all the difference.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

@KimCheeWarriorX @Metronoid ...the vocal commands on Kinect are amazing and those actually work. It takes you away from the menus (Skyrim, Mass Effect 3) and keeps you into the action. I agree with everyone else though Kinect shouldn't be required for vocal commands...

jay0012k3
jay0012k3

@hman123456 @WolfGrey @GamerMani : Yup I noticed that but still some American gamers or Xbox 360 owners need to stop behaving as if they define the world's gaming market. These stats are only for America and since I prefer the 360 personally, I am kind of happy for the system. 

jay0012k3
jay0012k3

@SolidTy @hman123456 From a marketing or business terminology, I would say that's about right. Yep, they got their HQ all covered. 

SolidTy
SolidTy

@hman123456 @SolidTy It sounds like you don't understand. I'll tell you this, M$ knows how to market to it's home country aka HQ.

slainta
slainta

@masterdrat @Lordcrabfood So in order to be possible to play  games on PCs one must know how to assemble one. No wonder PC game sales are sinking!! 

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

@masterdrat @Lordcrabfood fact of the matter is captain "professional pc builder", most people (like me) dont have a knack for building their own pc's. also, before you say it, you can cut the crap about telling people how easy it is and making them feel lesser than you are in the process. you have yourself a nice day kiddo.

jay0012k3
jay0012k3

@hman123456 @silvergol Well, your comment is ridiculously immature and funny at the same time. He/she just stated an opinion and you don't have to personally attack an entire country. Besides, I have seen MANY pervert American games to this day. Does it mean the entire US is full of pervert crack heads ? Just FYI, I don't play Japanese games either but I believe they too bring something to the table. Play what you want and ignore the rest. 

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

@hman123456 I don't particularly like japanese stuff but your comment is so ridiculous it really made me laugh.

kikook
kikook

@hman123456 @silvergol Do you have a life, you know you aren't obligated to make a message to everyone who disagrees with you?