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XBox 360: Best-selling console of 2011 Worldwide

Sony’s earnings report, issued yesterday, puts the PlayStation 3 at 6.5 million units sold worldwide for the holiday quarter, topping the 5.6 million units registered by Nintendo’s Wii for the same period — but falling short of the 8.2 million Xbox 360 sales reported by Microsoft.

On a cumulative basis, Nintendo is still the king of the current console generation, with 95 million Wiis sold worldwide, compared with 66 million Xbox 360 for Microsoft and 62 million Ps3s for Sony.

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GraveLord4544d ago

Most-shipped would be the correct term.

Sales tracking sites show the PS3 ahead of 360 in consumer sales.

Dark3604544d ago (Edited 4544d ago )

Sales tracking sites show the PS3 ahead of 360 in consumer sales like Vgchartz...HAHAHAHAHAHA

ApplEaglElephant4544d ago (Edited 4544d ago )

And just barely too.

Also, by abandoning hardcore gamers.

fanboys will still celebrate though. LOL

You get 1 or 2 core exclusives a year and you dont think MS is focusing on core like they used to.
MS also made core franchise into on rail kinect.
Halo aint even made by Bungie anymore. EPIC's main game is multiplat.

Lets be realz. MS left ya all for casuals and you fanboys are still defending them.

Pain704544d ago

@ApplEaglElephant I bought the PS3 solely to watch movies. Did Sony sell out making the PS3 because they added a HD video player like M$ did with Kinect? Come on now. What sells, sells. Congrats to all console owners. We all have great entertainment to enjoy. The thing that baffles me is that so many people are still buying these things. Doesnt everyone have one yet? The numbers always mess with my head. No way I could wait this long to own one of these machines.

morganfell4544d ago

Only fan sites use calendar years. Manufacturers, including Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo use fiscal years and the fiscal year doesn't end until March 31, 2012.

Nitrowolf24544d ago (Edited 4544d ago )

@ Pain70

Really? There is a huge difference between the two. Blu-ray is mandatory, games use it, and most of all it (films) doesn't interfere with what games are being produced.

Kinect is a standalone purchase and MS is pushing it like there is no tomorrow, all while barely and I mean barely catering to the hardcores other then with already existing IP's that get constantly released, which still isn't that many.

@ Morganfell

Ha true

sikbeta4544d ago

It's being known since last CES12, did you guys didn't saw the conferences? Ballmer said it there, they didn't show much though and the Sony conference was awkward-funny :D

MysticStrummer4543d ago

Let me guess... WW sales suddenly matter, when they haven't every other year? Congrats, Microsoft shareholders. You have Anonymous to thank, not Microsoft.

EVILDEAD3604543d ago

At the end of the day, no matter how you spin it,the 360 outselling both the Wii and the PS3 in no small feat.

It's especially impressive when you factor in the fact that Japan sales are miniscule in comparison to the other big two.

I own all 3 consoles and bought over 20 games for the 360 alone.

I laugh hard at how non-core 360 gamers still keep trying to convince themselves that Microsoft abandoned hardcore when DAILY millions of 360 core gamers are still playing and supporting the core franchises they have supported from year ONE on the 360.

Here are the FACTs

The top 5 exclusive franchises are Halo, Gears,Mass Effect, Fable, and Forza.

In 2010 and 2011 we saw Halo Reach, Mass Effect 2(later multi), Fable 3, and Forza 4.

We also saw other franchises like Splinter Cell Conviction and Crackdown 2.

At the same time it is clear that Call of Duty has been a massive franchise for the 360 as it actually pushes console sales.

Games that once were 360 exclusives and are NOW multi-platform STILL are on the 360.

Elder Scrolls, Mass Effect,Bioshock etc are still Core games that 360 gamers have and will suport when new iterations arrive on the console. Skyrim is a huge example of it as the 360 has the games biggest fanbase.

So while the usual suspects keep fantasizing that Micrsoft just dropped ity's most important hardcore franchise for Kinect, in reality we see the results of this year's Gears of War 3..we see that Halo 4 has a 200-man team and a 3 year development time for the billion dollar franchise.

What we also see that while Micrsoft gets flack for releasing franchises like Dance Central, Kinectimals, and Fitness evolved..we now see Sony took notice and followed suit releasing Everybody Dance, EyePet and friends, and the upcoming Move fitness games.

Microsft successfully expanded it's audience, and garnered it's best year in history. But they didn't flinch on ensuring the core audience STILL played the biggest exclusive franchises the core install base love and support.


Anon19744543d ago (Edited 4543d ago )

EvilDead said "Here are the FACTs: The top 5 exclusive franchises are Halo, Gears,Mass Effect, Fable, and Forza."

Seriously? The top exclusive franchises? Based on what? Mario games alone probably sell more than that entire list combined. And Mass Effect isn't even exclusive.

Microsoft had an amazing holiday quarter after sales had slowed and slumped after last year's holiday quarter. They've effectively broadened their appeal but still are a distant third place overall since they've had competition. Those are the facts. I love how some use this one quarter's boost to act like the 360 is suddenly the second coming for the game industry.

A little perspective is in order.

Morpheuzpr4543d ago

I've said it before and I'll say it again MS is the worst thing that has happened to video games. You people think that Sony wouldn't have made so many great games this gen if they didn't have competition? Wrong, RFOM, Motorstorm, MGS4, Rachet & Clank, KZ2, GT5, Uncharted DF, GOW3 and probably others were in development prior to the PS3's release.

360FTW24543d ago

@Morpheuzpr - Now that was a dumb comment. Says a lot about how delusional people can be.

specialguest4543d ago

Everyone just needs to accept the fact that the 360 dominated 2011, and move on. The competition's numbers are not even close.

starchild4543d ago

I think some people make way too big of a deal about exclusives. Most of the games I find I like are multiplatform games. That is why I tend to play most of my games on the PC.

Console exclusives like Red Dead Redemption and Enslaved I tend to play on my 360.

Then there are the exclusives I like for both consoles...which to be honest are just a few here and there. Many PS3 exclusives just don't appeal to me that much...well, not to the point that I would get those exclusives instead of other multiplats that I am really looking forward to. I do really love Uncharted and God of War.

Some people act like every exclusive is amazing just because they are exclusives, but I think that mentality stems from brand loyalty and fanboyism more than anything.

If Microsoft, or Sony for that matter, would release more exclusives I would be all for it. But they have to be exclusives that interest me otherwise it personally wouldn't really mean much to me.

Oner4542d ago (Edited 4542d ago )

You want a REAL dose of reality? How's about this perspective ~

Sony (and Japan) had to deal with this in 2011

1. Earthquake
2. Tsunami
3. Radiation
4. PSN attack and shutdown

And they STILL managed to outsell the Wii while only being behind the 360 by 800k (give or take)...but yet (like Morganfell pointed out) its the Fiscal year that is more telling and proper. Hell even if it were to stay the same it goes to show how well Sony did under the circumstances.

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MariaHelFutura4544d ago

Congrats. Unfortunately to do this, they kinda screwed over their core audience. Hopefully, with all the $$$ they made they buy some NON Kinect related studios to proceed into the next-generation.

EVILDEAD3604544d ago

'Unfortunately to do this, they kinda screwed over their core audience.'


Not one single core game was effected by the release of Kinect ever.

In fact EVERY major 360 core exclusive have seen a release in 2010 AND 2011. Both are the years of Kinects release.

Core 360 played the biggest core 360 exclusives and the biggest multiplatforms. Halo Reach dominated in 2010 (and went on to sell 2 million more in 2011) and Gears of War 3 dominated 2011.

Microsoft simply made all of the right moves in the last two years that payed off with amazing results for in the twilight of this gaming gen.

But, like Nintendo and Sony have proven as past marketshare leaders, that you cant simply rely on past success to push you forward. It will still take alot more of those 'good moves' and a little luck for the 360 and ultimately the 720 to carry forward with this kind of success.

Look forward to seeing how it all pans out.


MariaHelFutura4544d ago


Good response.

But, I believe MS out-advertised Sony and came out first (by a year) and that is the major contributor to their success this generation. I don't agree w/ you about Kinect though, Kinect has taken their focus off of new IPs and is redirecting the initial vision of what the 360 was intended to be. Like you, I'm excited to see the vision of all the consoles in next-gen. Because right now, I think MS wants to be casual, Nintendo wants to be hardcore and Sony is not sure what they want to be.

NukaCola4544d ago


Gears of War 3 was pushed back for the Kinect Marketing Campaign.

Mass Effect 3 was also delayed to pop up with Kinect features now.

Anyway. MS did a hell of a job in the US this year. I think Americans forgot the Wii and PS3 even existed. It was their strongest ground and they played it well.

mugoldeneagle034544d ago

Just because Maria said they screwed over their core audience doesn't mean he/she meant delaying games and shit like that.

What about exclusives? If Microsoft would have focused on 1-2 less Kinect games maybe we could have gotten another one, just one more.

Or better yet, why not give me a reason to want a Kinect. Like you said it's been 2 years, and there's still not one game worth owning for (imo).

So yeah, the Core audience (which like you said played the most games, usually shooters) had a somewhat off year with a bunch of sequels and exclusive DLC that hasn't come out yet. That I'll agree with, just like I'll agree that MS probably made WAY more money pushing Kienct than past years.

You get my point

silvacrest4544d ago

they did the best they have ever done once they looked passed the core gamer, do you really think their focus will be them any time soon?

my guess is look forward to even more kinect titles because the multiplats are all the core gamer is gonna get

EVILDEAD3604544d ago

LOL and the internet ducktales keep coming..

'Gears of War 3 was pushed back for the Kinect Marketing Campaign.'

Absolutely 100% false! Gears was originally planned from day one to release in around the end of the 1st quarter 2011.

Micrsoft wisely pushed the game back to the Fall Halo slot which gave the game the best chance of success. It worked.

Kinect releasing in November 2010 had zero effect on Gears.

'Mass Effect 3 was also delayed to pop up with Kinect features now.' now we are going to pretend that Mass Effect 3 was going to release EARLIER than it's normal 2 year cycle and it was the Kinect voice implementation pushed it back INTO it's normal 2 year cyle. many more do you want to more fantasy Kinect delays do you want to make up.

'What about exclusives? If Microsoft would have focused on 1-2 less Kinect games maybe we could have gotten another one, just one more.'

Like I said before..last two years the ACTUAL hardcore 360 games got EVERY big exclsuive franchise from this gen. They also got Alan Wake.

Only fan kids pretend that Microsoft was somehow supposed to release Kinect successfully without at least developing a few games for it.

'Or better yet, why not give me a reason to want a Kinect. Like you said it's been 2 years, and there's still not one game worth owning for (imo).'

I said it was released in 2010. But it was November 2010. Kinect has been on the market for only a year and 3 months. Who cares if YOU never buy Kinect or there isnt one game for YOU. You don't represent the 18 million people qwho did. You arent the reason for the success of any of the Kinect franchises.

Which is why Micrsoft can have a headline like 'best console worldwide' Kinect, Xbox Live, the 360 'big' exclusives, and ALL those things that people pretend arent factors in the real world.

Believe me, it's not just advertising.


mugoldeneagle034544d ago

Because then to me I feel neglected, just like other "core" owners do too I'm sure. Am I saying every single hardcore 360 owner is pissed off, no. But did the PS3 have more & higher rated exclusives? Yes. so it does matter, to me, just like all those Kinect sales make you feel good too.

As for advertising, believe it or not it DOES work. Been working in retail for 4+ years now and you should see some of the people who I've sold Kinects to. And of course no one expects great games at launch, but this isn't launch anymore, so no more free passes

It's got nothing to do with "fan kids", sales, anything like that. There are just people who care for casual gaming and I'm not one of them.

yesmynameissumo4544d ago

Love it or hate it, MS has done a hell of a job selling the 360. I think the same came be said for Sony and the PS3 too.