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Xbox 360 to surpass Xbox 1 total sales of 25 million in November 2008 says Microsoft


The Xbox 360 system from no hdd, to hdd, to Elite. Click for big pic

Give credit to Microsoft where it’s due, sales of the Xbox 360 are projected to exceed the lifetime instal base of the original Xbox by November, where the Xbox 360 will surpass 25 million units sold.

In Microsoft’s own words: “By the end of this month, we expect our global installed base to reach 25 million units, surpassing that of the first Xbox,” said Mindy Mount, CFO of the Xbox business, at the BMO Capital Markets Interactive Entertainment Conference.

This is a big deal because of Microsoft’s huge investment, at a gigantic loss, to break into the video game market. Now we all knew that the Xbox 360 was a successful platform, but this proves that there is more interest in the Xbox than ever before, and an important milestone to be able to surpass Microsoft’s first console.

And this is only the start, Mindy Mount went on to say. That’s because “more than three-quarters” of a console’s lifetime sales are made when the system falls to the “sweet spot” price point of $199.99 or lower. Which is the price of the lowest-end Xbox 360 available, the Arcade, reports Edge.

According to Microsoft, recently introduced 360 price cuts saw Xbox sales jump 42% month-on-month in the States, 62% in Europe and 500% in Japan.

Published on November 19th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

System and game sales for October 2008 in the USA


Did you get a Wii yet?October’s American video game sales data from the NPD is in, and like almost any month the past year, it shows an unchanged result: A Nintendo system on top, this time the Wii outsold all other systems.

NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, had this to say: “The video games industry grew an impressive 18% year-over-year in the first month of the critical fourth quarter. With 10-months under its belt, the video games industry is still poised to top $22B in annual sales in 2008. — The sales results are mixed this month, however. The console portion of the market made significant gains at 26% across hardware, software and accessories, while the portable side of the market stalled, declining 14%. Year-to-date the portable segment of the market is still up 7%.”

Video game hardware overview:
1. Nintendo Wii — 803,000
2. Nintendo DS — 491,000
3. Xbox 360 — 371,000
4. PlayStation Portable — 193,000
5. PlayStation 2 — 190,000
6. PlayStation 3 — 136,000

Fable 2 for Xbox 360Xbox 360-exclusive Fable II had a strong launch with over 790,000 sales thanks to both the standard and limited editions. The NPD mentions that “The expanding variety of content available for consumers to play is clearly paying off for the industry. Looking at the top 10 games for the month, half are “M” rated games while the other half are “E” rated games and they span disparate genres. There is something for everyone on this list.”

Video game software overview top 10:
1. Fable II (Xbox 360) — 790,000
2. Wii Fit (Wii) — 487,000
3. Fallout 3 (Xbox 360) — 375,000
4. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 290,000
5. Wii Play (Wii) — 243,000 — 282,000
6. Saints Row 2 (Xbox 360) — 270,000
7. SOCOM: U.S. Navy Seals Confrontation (PS3) — 231,000
8. Little Big Planet (PS3) — 215,000
9. NBA 2K9 (Xbox 360) — 202,000
10. Dead Space (Xbox 360) — 193,000

Microsoft Discontinues Windows 3.x PC operating system


Microsoft Windows 3.0 Operating System (shrink-wrapped)Microsoft, as of November 1st, 2008, stopped issuing licenses for it’s Windows 3.x PC operating system, which it had supported since it’s release in May of 1990 all the way until the beginning of the month. Thus this marks the end of an age for Microsoft, who rose to prominence with that early operating system.

Windows 3.x was Microsoft’s first graphical user interfaces that would go on to win huge worldwide success. It was because of that success that Microsoft was able to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with and challenge the then-almighty Apple.

It was the first operating system a lot of PC users used, and thus it still holds a dear place in the heart of some people. In 2001 Microsoft halted it’s support for the operating system, but it was still in use as an embed system, used to power such things as cash tills in large stores and ticketing systems. One of its more glamorous uses as an embedded operating system is to power the in-flight entertainment systems on some Virgin and Qantas long-haul jets.

Alas, Microsoft has moved on to bigger and better things. Depending, of course, on who you talk to. For much more info on Windows 3.x and it’s last days, give a look at this article written by BBC.

Published on November 13th, 2008 under , , , , , ,

New Alan Wake cinematic trailer (for Xbox 360 and PC)


Pre-order Alan Wake for Xbox 360Alan Wake makes his living from the terror of others as a best-selling suspense novelist. Trapped in the deceptively peaceful Washington town of Bright Falls, where he came to escape the trauma of losing his fiancee, Alan must piece together a mystery to prevent himself from being trapped inside a nightmarish world that he may have written himself.

An intense psychological thriller from Remedy, the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake aims to create a true cinematic experience. Explore an expansive world filled with missions, unique puzzles, intense combat, and horrifying enemies. Dig into a twisting and multi-layered story filled with suspense, engaging characters, and shocking revelations.

Finally, after two years of absence, the world gets another look at the survival thriller Alan Wake that’s set to appear on Xbox 360 and PC in 2009.

Click on the bottom-right corner arrow to view it fullscreen.

Published on October 21st, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , ,

System and game sales for September 2008 in the USA


Did you get a Wii yet?August’s American video game sales data from the NPD is in, and like almost any month the past year, it shows an unchanged result: A Nintendo system on top, this time the Wii outsold all other systems.

NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, had this to say: “This is the first true monthly decline the industry has experienced since March of 2006. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this month’s 7% decline is against a month (September 2007) that itself was up 75% from the prior September. Last year, Halo 3 released in September 2007 and that game had a huge impact on hardware and software sales. — Overall, the health of the video games industry remains quite strong despite the rocky economic conditions. Tracking against typical industry seasonality, the U.S. video games industry is positioned to realize $22B or more in revenues for the year (does not include PC Games).”

Video game hardware overview:
1. Nintendo Wii — 687,000
2. Nintendo DS — 536,800
3. Xbox 360 — 347,200
4. PlayStation Portable — 238,100
5. PlayStation 3 — 232,400
6. PlayStation 2 — 173,500

To no one’s surprise Star Wars: The Force Unleashed had a strong launch with over 1.1 million sales. Rock Band 2’s Xbox 360-exclusive debut didn’t do too bad at 363,000 sales, but will no doubt be a strong multiplatform seller when it’s released on the Wii, PS2 & PS3 later this year. Despite the NPD not listing PC titles, they mentioned “Spore realized sales of 406,000 units and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning sold 274,000 which would put them both in the top 10 list of combined console, portable and PC games sales for the month”.

Video game software overview top 10:
The Force Unleashed on Xbox 3601. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360) — 610,000
2. Wii Fit (Wii) — 518,000
3. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360) — 363,000
4. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 353,000
5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3) — 325,000
6. Mercenaries 2: World In Flames (Xbox 360) — 297,000
7. Wii Play (Wii) — 243,000
8. Madden NFL 09 (Xbox 360) — 224,000
9. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii) — 223,000
10. Madden NFL 09 (PS2) — 158,000

The new Xbox Experience requires 128MB, Xbox Core and Arcade owners get free 512MB Memory Card


New Xbox Experience Avatar Screenshot
Since the new Xbox Experience launches worldwide on November 19, Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 software update requires 128MB’s of free space on your hard drive. But what if you own no memory card or just a memory card for your save games? Well, then you won’t be able to use features like Xbox Live Primetime and video downloads, so Microsoft has thought up a solution for those Xbox 360 Core and Arcade console owners.

Here’s how you can get a free memory card or cheap hard drive from Microsoft:
* Xbox 360 Core console owners are eligible for either a free 512MB Memory Card or a refurbished 20GB HDD for $19.99.
* Xbox 360 Arcade console owners are eligible for a refurbished 20GB Hard Drive plus 3 months of Xbox Live for $29.99.

If you want to find out what you’re eligible for, then you can go to the Memory Update page where you enter your Xbox 360’s serial number to find out how Microsoft will help you out.

Published on October 14th, 2008 under , , , , , , ,

Summer of Arcade gives Xbox Live best sales numbers yet


Braid is like a water-color painting come to life
Xbox 360 owners have had the best Arcade sales yet thanks to the “Summer of Arcade” promotion in which Microsoft released a string of very high profile and high quality Xbox Live Arcade games that included the likes of Braid, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, Galaga Legions, Bionic Commando: Rearmed and Castle Crashers.

The monthly sales numbers speak for themselves. For the month of August, sales were up 67%, which is a record-breaking high. In addition to that percentage, Xbox Live had a 58% increase in unique members who purchased downloadable content during the month of August.

So obviously Microsoft’s summer strategy to release a string of high quality and highly anticipated games to their Xbox Live Arcade service worked wonders.

“At E3, we committed to refocusing the Xbox Live Arcade business, vowing to release bigger and better games while focusing on quality and not quantity,” commented Xbox Live general manager Marc Whitten in a statement. “The debut of the new strategy proved to be a huge success, with the Summer of Arcade making August the highest grossing month to date.”

And there are still a number of great titles that Microsoft plans to release in the coming months, among them Portal: Still Alive, Banjo-Kazooie, Uno Rush and a game based on the hit Comedy Central animated series South Park.

Published on October 1st, 2008 under , , , , ,

Xbox Live Service Maintenance for new Xbox experience to cause downtime today


Xbox 360 Live 12 Month Gold CardToday, on Monday, from 12:01 AM PST for up to 24 hours, Xbox Live will be offline worldwide for maintenance. As a result, Xbox LIVE and the ‘My Xbox’ section of will be unavailable, and the Xbox forums will be in read only. The remainder of will be available with limited interruptions.

This service maintenance is in preparation for the new Xbox experience which is expected to be available in November 2008. Since you’re not online playing games on your Xbox 360 right now, you might as well check out what this new Xbox experience is all about by watching a trailer that walks you through it.

An in-depth look at the avatars:

Published on September 29th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , ,

Microsoft beats one-week Wii sales in Japan


Microsoft’s Xbox 360 outsold Wii in Japan for the week ending Sept. 14

On the strength of an aggressive price drop and the release of the popular RPG Infinite Undiscovery, Microsoft sold 28,681 Xbox 360 units in Japan, Famitsu reports. These figures were just enough to pass Wii, which sold 27,057 units.

Sony moved 8,050 PS3 units.

Microsoft has struggled to capture a Japanese audience since joining the console business. The company sold 24 million original Xbox units worldwide before discontinuing the system in late 2006, but only 473,000 were purchased in Japan.

Microsoft has sold approximately 720,000 Xbox 360 consoles in Japan since launching in Dec. 2005. By contrast, Sony has sold more than 2.3 million PS3 consoles in Japan since Nov. 2006, and Nintendo has sold more than 6.7 million Wii consoles in Japan since Dec. 2006.

Published on September 18th, 2008 under , , ,

System and game sales for August 2008 in the USA


The DS Lite is goldenAugust’s American video game sales data from the NPD is in, and like almost any month the past year, it shows an unchanged result: A Nintendo system on top, this time the DS Lite outsold all other systems.

NPD analyst, Anita Frazier, had this to say: “August industry sales remain strong and realized a 9% gain over last August, although the month posted the first single-digit percentage growth in 27 months. Despite smaller growth this month, the industry is up 32% year-to-date and remains on target to achieve annual revenues in the range of $22 to $24 billion. Across hardware, software and accessories, products for the Wii platform contributed 28% of total industry dollar sales for the month of August.”

Video game hardware overview:
1. Nintendo DS — 518,300
2. Nintendo Wii — 453,000
3. PlayStation Portable — 253,000
4. Xbox 360 — 195,200
5. PlayStation 3 — 185,400
6. PlayStation 2 — 144,100

To no one’s surprise Madden NFL 09 has a strong launch with over 2.3 million sales. Too Human’s debut could mean this will be Silicon Knight’s best selling game yet if sales keep up. Despite not showing up in the top 10, looking at the year-to-date, Grand Theft Auto IV is the top-selling game at 4.8 million sold in America through August.

Video game software overview top 10:
Madden NFL 09 for Xbox 3601. Madden NFL 09 (Xbox 360) — 1 million
2. Madden NFL 09 (PS3) — 643,000
3. Madden NFL 09 (PS2) — 424,500
4. Wii Fit (Wii) — 372,700
5. Mario Kart Wii (Wii) — 322,400
6. Wii Play (Wii) — 359,100
7. Soul Calibur IV (Xbox 360) — 174,000
8. Too Human (Xbox 360) — 168,200
9. Madden NFL 09 (Wii) — 115,800
10. Guitar Hero On Tour (DS) — 111,200

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