Microsoft has responded to the June 2011 NPD report.
Wow, thats sum seriously good numbers. Nearly sold double what they sold the month before. September through to Christmas should be amazing for Microsoft. Hope they have some of that 500 million Kinect advertising money left over.
You would have to assume that the deals Amazon ($299 for the Kinect bundle plus $100 gift card), Best Buy (Same deal a week later) and the MS promo (purchase a windows laptop $700 or more and receive a free 360) were big influences in why the system sold well in a typical "slow" month. Bravo MS.
@Deffer That sounds like a real backhanded compliment, but your logic is flawed in more than one way. 1) Amazon isn't included in NPD numbers, as well as Walmart. 2) Promotional "free" items are not included in the NPD. These numbers pertain to units "sold" not given away.
@ EcliPS3 You know they all love a conspiracy theory. It's could be that Microsoft just sold a lot of consoles.
Backhanded? I was complimenting them! I was trying to rationalize the number... I didn't know amazon wasn't included in NPD (knew about walmart) or the promo giveaways. I like MS, so the "fanboy" [assumed with the "they all"] comment is 180 degrees wrong. 500 mil without amazon or walmart is amazing.
wow, I really wonder what made the numbers double over the previous month like that. All console continue to sell shows there is at least another year of life in these consoles. A price cut later this year for 360/PS3 could make them sell like we have never seen before even.
you deserve this MS. good job MS.
We expect Xbox 360 to maintain its lead and to be number one worldwide by the end of the year, selling more hardware units than PlayStation and Wii. Seriously? Outsell Wii? Even the Ps3 is catching up every day if we have to believe the articles @ Disagree Fairy's im only saying the impossible, if they outsell Wii, im giving away my mother!
I wish Sony would release NPD numbers. *EDIT* Nice stealth edit. What happened to your "PS3 is catching up...." sentence? *EDIT* Whatever you just added it back.
True, im very curious about that!
I also would like to know when this secrecy started.
I wish Sony would release Move numbers. Oh wait, there are no numbers... Awesome work, MS! Xbox rocking in sales these days!!!
They probably mean they will sell more units in 2011, not more units in total this gen. On the current course its possible, the 360 had some very strong demands during the holyday seasons the past bunch of years.
If I had a Dime for every time I read, "the ps3 is catching up"...
If I had a dime for every loudmouth Microsoft PR retard claim the same news that they outsold the competition, yet at the end of each quarter they still fail to outsell the PS3 and the Wii worldwide (and yes that is fact, check the numbers). They're bragging about US numbers and hope to catch the Wii in the US. It has no chance of getting it worldwide.
Gaden - you say to check the numbers... where are you getting them from?
@Deffer - Official numbers from MS and Sony. they are release quarterly. Even the unreliable vgchartz has Sony beating MS by about 800000 this year so far.
Well you got to give vgchartz some props they do work hard to get their data, even in a region like Asia where its hard to get.
MS still doing well in the US. Still riding the kinect wave maybe?
They will ride it into the next box....Xbox live makes mad money, and the console continues to sell well where it really matters and not so great in other areas. I guess you choose you spots. The next console, if it's next-gen tech, will be "the one" everyone should get. I think, it will integrate with Windows very well, as well as the tablets, phones, and Media players. MS's got a plan that can easily be spearheaded because of the desktop domination/marketing/cash. The original Xbox sold like 25 mill and the Xbox 360 looks to best that by a decent amount. Xbox brand is no where near perfect. I wish it had more EXCLUSIVES/GAME STUDIOS but I game on every platform so, I really don't miss out on games regardless.
Where exactly doesn't it matter to sell consoles?
"Xbox 360 sold 507,000 units in June, selling nearly twice as many units as other current-generation platforms" "Additionally, Xbox 360 was the only console in the U.S. to show year-over-year growth in the month of June." Wow!
Hardware sales from 2010 june NDP: NDS - 510.7K Xbox 360 - 451.7K Wii - 422.5K PS3 - 304.8K PSP - 121K So PS3 and Wii sold less then there previous numbers.
they sold that much without an exclusive WTF is all i can say @below. I didn't mean it like it sounded sorry. i meant without a major exclusive. kinect games as well as XBl games count as exclusives. but people on this site only beleive "core games" are the only exclusives
WEll, Kinect counts as an exclusive. I am not into kinect myself, but its still a consumer product. We cant just dismiss Kinect cause you and me are not interested in it. On top of that, Forza and Gears are coming in a few months, and they are currently flocking quite some hype.
That's because people don't care as much for exclusives as people on N4G make it out to be. People buy consoles based of preference, which could include: friends that have X console, the controller, UI, service etc. I prefer the Xbox 360 over PS3, but I can tell you right now PS3 has better exclusives. The only exclusive I really care about is Gears. I enjoy Fable and Forza, but Gears is where it's at. The rest is meh.
Couldn't agree with you more, except for "the rest is meh" I fu**ing love Halo and Crackdown.
@manumit Crackdown was great, C2 was a little disappointing though. I really only enjoyed the first Halo, the rest sucked IMO besides Reach which was okay. What MS needs is another damn Conker game. They need to kick Rare's ass and get them into gear. Kinect Sports was a great Kinect title (probably one of the best) but I want Conker damn it.
lol at kingdoms, what a fool. npd has been good for xbox, but dude...when you said ps3 isnt more powerful ... you lost credibility. smh :) :( :) :(
Exclusives have nothing to do with it per se! People who buy game consoles like games, and the console with multiplatform games & exclusives has more games than the console without exclusives! I can't believe you guys don't get this yet! Nobody cares if a game is excluding others; they just want more games! People don't sit around playing their games thinking: "this game would have much better gameplay if it were exclusive!" or: "I would be enjoying this game so much more if I knew others were excluded from playing it!" Maybe in some places people prefer their products to be substandard compared to their counterparts on the market!
@DaTruth "Exclusives have nothing to do with it per se! People who buy game consoles like games, and the console with multiplatform games & exclusives has more games than the console without exclusives!" And yet Xbox 360 has more games to play on their system but PS3 gamers say PS3 has more exclusives? Mostly because PS3 gamers don't consider games that also appear on PC as being exclusive. Well maybe not but they aren't offered on the PS3 are they? You are correct that exclusives have little meaning in the bigger picture of it all. As the majority of games sold are multi-platform games. Marketing is simply what MS does to get their system in the households of gamers. Sony just hasn't learned how to not be the big dog barking in a room when it comes to marketing. they need to realize how to market so people like them.
Ha, people don't buy consoles based on the things you listed...they (the normal people who play COD and Fifa - the main target market) buy consoles based on what is cool at the time - Xbox360 in US and UK right now.
The "we have more exclusives" arguement is the latest one concocted by Sony fanboys to convince themselves the PS3 is better than Sony. When MS get's more exclusives than Sony, the arguement is going to switch to "it's all about quality, not quantity" you wait and see ;)
As far as I know, Sony has both Quality and Quantity, Microsoft has what??? Kinect Disneyland???? meh, but I got to mention Gears is looking awesome, but everything else, nope!!!!!
. ...that M$ hasn't even launched their big guns yet. You have to believe with Gears 3, Forza, Halo CE Anniversary edition, Witcher 2 and all the Kinect stuff that M$ is going to be tough to beat this holiday. Just look at the previous sales of FPS's on Xbox and with Rage, Battlefield and COD MW3 dropping as well...this could indeed be the biggest year in XBOX history. The last paragraph said it all... " With the holiday season and major launches just around the corner, the second half of 2011 promises to make Xbox 360 history. The size of the Kinect games portfolio will triple by the end of the year and Xbox will bring new partnerships like UFC and Disney to the platform as well as blockbuster games, movies, music and TV together in one place. We expect Xbox 360 to maintain its lead and to be number one worldwide by the end of the year, selling more hardware units than PlayStation and Wii " Sony must be wondering what they have to do. They have the biggest line up of games and 360 just keeps looking forward with no review mirror. While Xbox is killing it, M$ still has time to buy Skype ( o_0 ) and sign huge deals with Facebook and RIM.
*** You have to believe with Gears 3, Forza, Halo CE Anniversary edition, Witcher 2 and all the Kinect stuff that M$ is going to be tough to beat this holiday.*** Games aren't what's selling consoles at this stage of the game. Even all of PS3's exclusives aren't selling the console. What's making them sell are sales (laptop + free console) and new technology (Kinect).
Good point. If the first half of 2011 hasn't seen many major 360 exclusive and it has achieved this many sales, then the game offering is probably not going to be the determining factor in its success. However, I think gears of war 3 will have some affect because it's a popular game.
you prove that? cgood! if so has that always been the case with MS and sony? Difference between MS and sony is MS holds the bigger named games
@jetlian: Sure. Look at the high points of sales for the consoles and compare them to A) exclusive game releases B) new technology C) new sales deals (including Holidays) You will find that in the last two years that those high sales points are around B and C and not around A.
Seriously, this is unheard of! Half a million in June with no big releases and next to no exclusive games. Not even Kinect games! And they sold more than last June when the new slimmer model had just released. How is this even possible?!
Yeah, but the Wii sold exceptionally well too and it had years with dry spells. It's no longer about the games and not just about the hardware or whatever gimmick they can pass off as innovation, unfortunately.
"We expect Xbox 360 to maintain its lead and to be number one worldwide by the end of the year, selling more hardware units than PlayStation and Wii." Bold statement considering they've been last every year since the ps3 and wii launched. America just loves those 360s. edit: lol how can you disagree with that? it's the truth.
Xbots love to invade the NPD threads but when WW numbers are released its a graveyard. Let them have their imaginary fun while they wait for Gears.
What I find interesting is even VGChartz has the PS3 ahead of the 360 by almost one million units so far this year. VGchartz! Usually they have 360 numbers almost bang on to official numbers and underestimate PS3 numbers by 20-30%. It'll be interesting to see real figures when they're released. I know for the first quarter of this year the 360 was outselling the PS3, riding the Kinect wave. The official numbers are due soon if I'm not mistaken.
Worldwide sales figures Wii – 86.01 million as of 31 March 2011 Xbox 360 – 55 million as of 4 June 2011 PlayStation 3 – 50 million as of 31 March 2011 From Wiki
Are you mad? LOL...
Impressive, most impressive.
XBOX 360: DEF The Biggest CONSOLE of all time, just recently got a new shiny slim Xbox 360 250GB OMG its beautiful LOVE IT!
I don't care who won the month of June Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony. The reason that Microsoft sold so many xbox's in the month of June is because they gave them away with PC's and they are calculated in the NPD #'s. It's a great marketing ploy, and maybe a great business decision, but nothing they should toot their horn about.
Also my friend got an xbox from target because if you buy the $199 model than you get a $100 target gift card.
Sony does the same thing.... buy a Bravia TV, get a free PS3. I have even seen promotions with Vaio laptops that come with a free PS3. Other companies do similar things. It's marketing.
Its alot different when its "Hey, buy this $1000 dollar tv and you get a free ps3" than just spend $199 on a xbox and you get a $100 dollar gift card along with it. Masses go the cheaper route in america
"Its alot different when its "Hey, buy this $1000 dollar tv and you get a free ps3" than just spend $199 on a xbox and you get a $100 dollar gift card along with it." A big percentage of Home Theater buffs and grown-ups will look at the PS3 as a Blu-ray player solution(*only) and automatically makes it a great deal for them, after buying an expensive HDTV. Sony does well in that market so why not... Ms probably has a deal with these retailers, I'm not sure. Spend little and get a lot sounds good to me. Anyhow you guys make it sound so negative when companies try to boost sales whichever..... win-win for both companies to that regards.
Sony does this also. I bought a Laptop for my wife at MDG years ago and it came with a 40g PS3 model and HDMI cables. I find this site quite funny to be honest. When MS outsells Sony, there is ALWAYS an excuse as to why it did so... "People rebuying Xbox360's because of RROD even though repairs are free from the extended 3 year warrenty.." (that one is always classic. Like someone is going to go out and spend $300 when they can wait to get it free) "They are giving away FREE Xbox360's with purchases of other products.." "Americans are dumb..." However when Sony outsells MS, its all strategy, great marketing, fantastic exclusives...amazing this and that... Guess what people? Sony, MS and Nintendo and all companies do this..its called MARKETING and it;s good for increased sales. Hypocrisy folks... hypocrisy...
Console sales are great for newbs that don't own said console yet, but they mean less than nothing to people that already own said console and are thirsty for more games & IPs that don't involve dropping another Benjamin to buy a Kinect. I can't put NPD in my box and play it, there-in lies the problem of MS putting all their eggs in that basket. I have no interest in car sims like Forza or GT, and I played the original Halo years ago. They're just phoning it in now, and that worries me. If they can sell so much without having to invest in new software, they'll become boring just like the Wii did.
Only in America folks.. This kinda thing has seen it's last days worldwide. Something has got to give.
"Something has got to give." Keep praying for it.
with no exclusives released yet this year ? looks like the average joe is good with just multplats. really how did this happen ? did people really buy into Microsofts e3 kinect press conference ? I think so. thats really the only explanation. don't think it has much to do with the buy a pc get a 360 promo because sony also does some buy a bravia TV and get a ps3 promo as well
The majority of games released in a calender year are multi-platform games. The average gamer for the most part does not even know about some exclusive games... Look at the sales of most PS3 exclusive games to multi-platform games on the PS3 to detail this. You might see 8+ full retail games for any console released in a calender year... Multi-platform games released during the same time are 5 times as much. Only on sites like these are where gamers say Exclusive games are everything. The reality is Multi-Platform games push consoles. N4G.COM like other game sites represent such a small percentage of the overall demographic of video game players.
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impressive 360 numbers.
Vgchartz needs to do a recount, they had them at about 300,000 for the month!
Vgchartz is off pretty much every month. They claim some secret method to how they track but reality is I dont think they legitimately track anything but rather use trends and formulas to pull out numbers. Nothing on that site is legit I fear. It sucks too because you would like to think of it as a good database to use to check on certain games, etc... but no... Vgchartz just no.
They presumably mean outsell the Wii this year as opposed to outsell the Wii in total, which is a bit different and nowhere near as impressive, given that the Wii a dying console and the Wii U has been announced. There is no way the XBox will sell 40 million in the next 5 months.
I gotta say MS and their laptop deal is a brilliant stroke for them. I am sure its what helped boost the 360 into the atmosphere while the others stayed a little closer to earth.
the free xbox 360 with laptop was for .edu people only