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Xbox 360 Hits 55 Million Consoles Sold Mark

Felix Kemp
Games news, Microsoft, Xbox 360

Xbox 360 Hits 55 Million Consoles Sold Mark

The Xbox 360's success is skyrocketing, with Microsoft revealing the console has sold over fifty five million consoles worldwide, as sales continue to increase annually. That figure puts Microsoft's console five million ahead of their rivals Sony, whose PS3 has just edged past the fifty million mark after a record-breaking twelve month haul of 14.3 million PS3s sold globally.

"Xbox 360 maintains its lead in the US as the top selling console in 2011, and 10 of the past 11 months," boasts Microsoft, presumably while sitting atop a pile of cash. "In the first four months of 2011, Xbox 360 has seen a 29 per cent year over year increase in sales, which is more than triple the growth of PlayStation 3 and the largest growth of any console on the market".

As always, it's advisable to take such PR fanfare with a generous pinch of salt. While the stats are probably true, it's not indicative of the 360's continued failure in global markets other than North America and Europe. It's continually outsold by both the PS3 and the Wii in Japan, despite a prominent push earlier this generation, and in the likes of France and Spain its not quite as beloved as Sony's console.

But it's great to see the 360 doing well, as despite its infuriating hardware flaws and Microsoft's often restrictive philosophies, it's a great console I've thoroughly enjoyed owning the past five years or so. What about you, Dealspwners? Happy with the 360's triumphant sales? Or less impressed with its performance elsewhere? [Eurogamer]

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Wonkypops  Jun. 3, 2011 at 18:20

Fifty-five million consoles sold, at least two thirds of which will be replacements for broken earlier versions. Five versions into the design of the XBox 360 and we're still looking at lasers that are too strong and scratch the discs, causing people to but another version of their favourite games. Add to that the weak DVD tray, and I don't think that I'm being cynical in saying that built-in obsolescence has been a profitable strategy for Microsoft. It'll be interesting to find out how many PS3 owners have bought more than one version of the console.

Late  Jun. 4, 2011 at 03:09

Yeah, I'm sure Microsoft will deliberately make the next generation console defective, too, because giving everyone a free three year warranty against the major defect has to be the most profitable business move ever.


Simon Wilson  Jun. 4, 2011 at 06:18

PS3 is a great machine...but alot of people are or have been considering moving consoles...Because of the PSN service Issue. On top of that Xbox Live is excellent...But what puts me off using my Xbox is it hardware flaws...I would really like to know how many Xbox users have had purchased an additional xbox due to hardware failures, its not a joke. And how users have had to buy an additional Xbox when Microsoft knock off any users with a modded Xbox's and how of these 55 millions are put of a Phone deal....This isnt Xbox bashing, I just want more facts in this post......

Gunn  Jun. 4, 2011 at 12:24

what were the sales figures for ps3 and 360 this past year and what were the total numbers last year for both, that will allow a better comparison considering the 360 was out first

DragonChris  Jun. 4, 2011 at 13:37

"But what puts me off using my Xbox is it hardware flaws…I would really like to know how many Xbox users have had purchased an additional xbox due to hardware failures, its not a joke"

That was the first generations of Xbox - nowadays, issues are much less common. Plus, the RRoD was very well managed by MS with free repairs/replacements and 3 year extended warranty with RRoD, so you really can't argue it.

Personally, I have 3 X360s and all of them work perfectly - a disk drive failed in one but we got that repaired by a local shop and it works beautifully since - none are modded and none have RROD - I have a 60GB Premium Falcon, 60GB Prem Jasper and a 120GB Elite Jasper - all working lovely.

Also, even if the figures include those users who were banned due to mods - it still shows the strength of the 360, as they (the modding twats) keep coming back for more. The X360 is not a perfect machine hardware wise, but it is still very capable and reliable (enough) for the mass market. The percentage of failures I would imagine is quite slim out of 55m consoles ;)


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