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Microsoft 'Pretty Comfortable' With Economy, Claims 2:1 PS3 Dominance

As retailers like GameStop and Best Buy have begun to report an impact on their business from a hesitant consumer, it's increasingly difficult for the industry to feel recession-proof. Microsoft's Mindy Mount acknowledges this -- but feels the games biz, and Xbox 360 in particular, are prepared to withstand.

Mount says that by the end of this month, Microsoft predicts Xbox 360's global installed base will reach 25 million units, surpassing that of the first Xbox.

"It's a great milestone for us, but it's still only a start, when you consider that history shows that more than three-fourths of a console's sales come at a price of $199 or lower," a price point that the company reached just a month ago.

And consumers have responded; according to Mount, console sales increased 42 percent month over month, 62 percent in Europe and a hefty 500 percent in Japan. "Later today, NPD is going to release October sales... and we expect these numbers will show that we continue to outsell [PS3] by a ratio of two to one."

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P3317d ago

Microsoft flapping their lips yet again

blackbeld3317d ago

Microsoft starting to be a BIG PATHETIC EMPIRE if they go on with claiming like this

DJ3317d ago

They haven't done that all year. Hell, even last month it was only a 3:2 advantage with the price drop to $199.

They need a larger, more diverse selection of exclusive titles, not a lower price.

Parapraxis3317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

Yeah, I'd like to see the figures this "woman" is getting "her" info from.

Edited....lol.

ultimolu3317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

Guys, it's actually a female.

Lol @ Thom. xDDD

PirateThom3317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

I prefer to believe there's a guy working at Microsoft called "Mindy". It amuses me.

Although, her name does sound like some dodgy porn actress.

chaosatom3317d ago

So they have to buy a cheap arcade xbox, when they can't afford a ps3 or couldn't find a wii.

ultimolu3317d ago

Yeah, it seems that way chaos. It amazes me that the Arcade will sell to unsuspecting consumers because of the economic challenges facing the country.

Oh well.

Genesis53317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

By the end of this month they will be at 25 million? What they plan on selling 3-4 million this month. I don't think so.

fredy3317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

go out and buy..

xhairs93317d ago

Like hot cakes? Why? There's no reason to.

9/10 of their last games flopped. Gears 2 was the only reason to buy and lets face it, it's pretty much sold as much as it's going to because it was the only game 360 owners really had a choice to buy if they wanted a decent game.

Look at PS3 we had about 5 games come out in one month leaving us all scrambling with our money as to which game to buy.

FantasyStar3317d ago

Quality of games over quantity of games. IT's not about the amount of exclusives each system gets in a time frame, but the quality of each individual game. In this case, Gears 2 held well against the tide of PS3 Exclusives. Back that up with Fable 2 and better Multiplatform games along with a $200-$300 console entry fee and the 2:1 claim sounds very believable.

I predict a very "Green" Christmas if Sony doesn't start shaping up their FW features because that's all they have going for it now since games aren't the issue, but rather the console-specific features. I of course am also binging that NXE will blow Home away because NXE is about the games, while Home is social-networking w/ games.

And I do admit, I'm humping Microsoft's leg because Full-Game installs are the ****. I'm pissed that after 2 years, Sony hasn't done the same yet. Especially since HDD space isn't an issue with PS3. I also predict a visit from the disagree-trolls.

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Danja3317d ago

Can't wait to see what M$ will say when they're figures are released and they didn't outsell the PS3 by 2:1 margin..

Bubble Buddy3317d ago

Mindy from Superbad? MCLOVIN!!!

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PirateThom3317d ago

My predictions for this month, I beat Pachter last month anyway

Wii - 645,000
Xbox 360 - 400,000
PS3 - 350,000
PSP - 210,000
DS - 800,000

I'm under the impression that the holiday seasons may kick in early this year with people worried about finaces so buying while they can.

Nineball21123317d ago

I agree with you 100% about people's buying habits. It seems to me that people are getting their Christmas shopping done earlier this year than in the past.

I know that my family is. I'm pretty much done with Christmas shopping and several of my friends are too.

Yeah, yeah, I know. That's not the world's most scientific sampling method, but still. :-)

xhairs93317d ago

I have already done some of my christmas shopping, but we can't let that break tradition. The day after thanksgiving is ALWAYS the biggest hit for holiday shopping.

Working in retail it doesn't surprise me that people are shopping now, but at the same time, when the day after thanksgiving comes I know our sales will rocket in our store just because that's the way it's been for so long.

And to be honest with what's been going on, I don't think people are freaking out as much as they were it seems people are beginning to look up all over the US. It's kind of like gas when 9/11 hit, everyone was freaking out buying gas by the barrel load but it soon died out, and now it seems that people are doing the same with expenditures. They're beginning to buy more stuff now.

ultimolu3317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

Uh...okay Mindy Mount.

Bnet3433317d ago

ROFL it sounds like a porn star name ha ha

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ultimolu3317d ago

Lol, that name is just weird. xD

rarganblarg3317d ago

I don't understand why its a contese... why do they HAVE to be selling better than another company? Why cant they just say their machine is selling fine instead of comparing it to another company's machine? Its really annoying how these people keep supporting the fanboy wars...

ultimolu3317d ago

Microsoft are the ones who turned this into a contest. Then 360 fans piled on. And then PS3 fans piled on as well and this became a huge war.

fredy3317d ago

ms didn't start sh%t

"Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO David Reeves told the Web site he was worried less about moving units at the PS3's launch than he was about maintaining sales after early adopters had purchased their systems. "We have built up a certain brand equity over time since the launch of PlayStation in 1995 and PS2 in 2000 that the first five million are going to buy it, whatever it is, even [if] it didn't have games," he told the site."

talk about arrogance with sony this gen

ultimolu3317d ago

"Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO David Reeves told the Web site he was worried less about moving units at the PS3's launch than he was about maintaining sales after early adopters had purchased their systems. "We have built up a certain brand equity over time since the launch of PlayStation in 1995 and PS2 in 2000 that the first five million are going to buy it, whatever it is, even [if] it didn't have games," he told the site."

...How's that arrogance again?

Yes, Sony was being arrogant in the past but I think they're wising up. That is nothing compared to the arrogance we have seen from Microsoft.

Both sides made mistakes.

fredy3317d ago

hahaha.....how's that arrogance...hahaha

ultimolu3317d ago

Um...lol?

I asked you how was that arrogance? I didn't say you were wrong?

TheForgotten0ne3317d ago

Because they want to show the developers that they sell more then the others.

And stocks, saying you sold more, gives you an advantage over your rivals:)

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