750,000 Xbox 360 consoles sold last week

More than 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles were sold in the U.S. last week. The pre-holiday shopping rush brought on by Black Friday retailer discounts helped propel the seven-year-old console to beat Microsoft's internal sales projections, and Xbox Live Gold subscription sales grew by 50 percent compared to last year.

The impressive figures from Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb make one thing very clear: even after the next generation begins, Microsoft will be working to please a whole lot of Xbox 360 owners for years to come.

By comparison, the Wii U sold 400,000 units last week. It's tough to ignore a difference of 350,000 systems, but we can't forget that established console sales regularly overshadow those of new ones at launch. Plus, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime claims those 400,000 sales account for just about every Wii U shipped.

So maybe instead of fuel for the console flame war, we can just take this as good news for both companies and a thumbed nose at those who said console gaming is dying?


  • winner2 - November 28, 2012 7:05 a.m.

    You still need to adjust for price change since launch to make this meaningful in terms of money. Usually people will buy the cheaper alternative to something. Regardless, this makes me happy because Reggie's full of shit and he's been positively spewing it lately.
  • lucyloems - November 28, 2012 5:37 a.m.

    Caroline. I just agree... Bryan`s c0mment is something... on saturday I got a top of the range Honda NSX from having made $6585 this last 5 weeks and would you believe, 10 grand last month. it's by-far the most-comfortable work I have ever done. I actually started eight months/ago and almost straight away made myself more than $71... p/h. I use the details on this website_+_+_+ BIT40.COM _+_+_+
  • bass88 - November 28, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    Caroline? Bryan? Who the fuck are these people? I didn't see people talking about Honda NSXs, let alone a Caroline or Bryan discussing cars. Seriously, what's happening here?
  • KA87 - November 28, 2012 5:34 a.m.

    The black Friday deals on the 360 were good, but I personally would have just waited a year until the 720 came out and got a 360 for around a $100 went the start liquidating them.
  • AuthorityFigure - November 28, 2012 1:06 a.m.

    The Xbox sold 325,000 units (adjusted for its launch price). The Wii U sold 400,000 units (also adjusted for its launch price). This is how you do a meaningful comparison. Of *course* a console will sell more if it is cheaper, so the adjustment (399.00 down to 199.00) must be made to make the data meaningful. This is called normalization.
  • kriscotw9 - November 27, 2012 9:35 p.m.

    Neither console would be as good if their competitors didn't compete with them and try to better them, so for example the xbox 360 wouldn't be nearly as good if the PS3 wasn't there to compete with it, so we should be thankful that there are other consoles on the market and not have pathetic arguments over which is better
  • Bansheebot - November 27, 2012 6:12 p.m.

    Sometimes I think GR posts these knowing full well what will (probably) happen in the comments.
  • FierceVoltage - November 27, 2012 6:03 p.m.

    What does the fact the Reggie said the 400,000 units sold accounts for the amount shipped have to do with anything wouldn't you expect to ship as many units as you sell?
  • brickman409 - November 27, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    he's saying that just to point out that no Wii-u went unsold, They shipped 400,000 and sold 400,000, they couldn't possibly sell more unless they make more. Which shows that demand is outpacing supply. There are more people wanting to buy a Wii-u than there are Wii-us in existence
  • MrXakaRebel - November 27, 2012 3:47 p.m.

    This is Microsoft's way of saying shut your stupid delusional mouth Reggie...
  • Cyberninja - November 27, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    "we can't forget that established console sales regularly overshadow those of new ones at launch" I don't think this will mean anything to Reggie especially if there weren't as many Wiiu's as 360s(obviously 360 is more available its older and able to be found anywhere)
  • MrXakaRebel - November 28, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    A fair enough point, but WiiUs aren't exactly selling out even with stores getting a handful of systems at a time there are WiiUs just sitting on shelves right now, A WEEK AFTER IT's RELEASE. I think it's pretty safe to say it will be a different story when Sony and Microsoft's systems come out. And we're just talking about a week. I really don't think WiiU's sales in year 7(if it's even relevant in it's 7th year) will compare to 360's year 7. But you're probably right that it doesn't mean anything to Reggie, that man clearly doesn't give a F about reality...
  • Cyberninja - November 28, 2012 7:22 p.m.

    Well in theory every area is different, like do you live in a major city or a suburban area because depending on the area size, like in my area a wiiu couldn't be found anywhere, so it is quite possible the Wiiu just sitting there is a new one each time unless you work in retail and you were watching it, in any case I don't think the demand for Wiiu has diminished at all at he the earliest we will be able to tell for certain is after the holidays and I think you are right about the Xbox 360 selling more in its year 7 but I do wonder how many of those sales are first time 360 buyers since the price would be low enough to get a second xbox on black friday for what ever reason.
  • adrianc1982 - November 27, 2012 3:42 p.m.

    I post this again willing to see what you guys think, but when you launch a system whos games are on current game CHEAPER thats what you get. You can buy probably 3 games for the 360 or ps3 and 1 for the wiiU. Plus you dont have to buy new hardware. Stock on all those cheap games guys, this is gamers heaven if you ask me..

Showing 1-20 of 23 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000