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Friday, 13 August 2010 10:02

Xbox beats Wii

Written by Nick Farell


First time in three years
Sales figures show that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 outsold Nintendo Wii last month and Ballmer's boys made the top selling video- game console in the U.S. for the first time in almost three years.

Sales of the Xbox 360 more than doubled to 443,500 units, regaining the top spot for the first time since September 2007, according to bean counters at NPD Group. Punters bought 253,900 Wii players, which was about the same as last year while sales of Sony PS3 gained 76 percent to 214,500 units.

The key driver to Microsoft’s success was the new slim format.Microsoft in June shipped a new Xbox machine that was slimmer than its predecessor and had built-in Wi-Fi It has been three years since Microsoft occupied the top sales spot when Microsoft released its “Halo 3” exclusive title. The demand for Xbox 360 bolstered overall sales of hardware 12 percent last month, helping offset the 8 percent decline in software revenue, the report said. Sony and Microsoft hope to increase sales by introducing motion controllers later this year, while Nintendo will upgrade its handheld-player lineup with a model allowing users to see 3- D images without wearing special glasses.

The best-selling game in July was EA's “NCAA Football 11” which sold 368,000 copies for the Xbox and 298,800 copies for PS3, NPD said. PC game sales more than doubled as retail purchases of “StarCraft II” from Activision Blizzard sold 721,000 copies.

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-18 #1 guideX 2010-08-13 10:39
So let me get this straight.
A price change and slimmer xbox only gets a 100% rise in sales for the subsequent month?

Anyone remember the PS3 when the same thing happened? It was like a 800% increase or something insane.
Why does Microsoft plague the gaming world? Why can't they stick to what they do well, Windows 7.
 
 
+7 #2 LuxZg 2010-08-13 11:20
Quoting guideX:
Why does Microsoft plague the gaming world?


Maybe because they've just topped all the competition? They are obviously doing good enough to be worth it for them..
 
 
-5 #3 blandead 2010-08-13 12:45
"sales of Sony PS3 gained 76 percent to 214,500 units."

I Think PS3 is on its own traction lately that will continue to rise so they will def pass wii sales soon
 
 
-4 #4 guideX 2010-08-14 08:06
Quoting LuxZg:
Maybe because they've just topped all the competition? They are obviously doing good enough to be worth it for them..


Right... for the first time in like 24 months since the Wii and PS3 have been released. My point is they are doing more bad then good, imagine what games like GTAIV would be if they were not limited to the a 8.5GB DVD.
 
 
+9 #5 LuxZg 2010-08-14 08:36
Quoting guideX:
My point is they are doing more bad then good, imagine what games like GTAIV would be if they were not limited to the a 8.5GB DVD.


You aren't serious, are you? First of all, nothing is stopping game developers to publish game on 20 DVDs, so that's not an issue. Second, imagine what games would look like if they weren't limited by puny CPUs and GPUs released several years ago and still ticking inside all the consoles. More to the point - imagine all the PC games that were "dumbed down" just because of the console market.. In that regard - all consoles should stop selling :D

But Microsoft and Sony aren't interested about you and me, but more so about the bottom line - are they in plus or in red.. I'd say they are in plus.
 
 
-1 #6 blandead 2010-08-16 05:37
yea seriously every new pc game that came out could have had dx11 from the ground up but thanks to consoles everyone keeps using dx9 its ridiculous, just has to be multi-platform now.
 

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