Microsoft: 750,000 Xbox 360s Sold Black Friday Week in the US

by William D'Angelo, posted on 27 November 2012 / 9,563 Views

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox 360 has sold 750,000 units during Black Friday week in the US.  While these figures topped the company's expectations, it did not beat last year's numbers where the console sold 960,000 units.

Other sales Microsoft gave include Xbox Live Gold subscriptions which increased by more than 50 percent compared to the same week a year ago. Also the amount of time spent viewing Non-gaming content on Xbox Live increased 43 percent compared to last year.

Halo 4 also beat the company's expectations for the week, however no figures were given. "Halo 4 exceeded expectations with impressive sales the week of Black Friday," a Microsoft spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail.

To compare, Nintendo announced that its new console, the Wii U, sold 400,000 units during the week, however the console sold out at most retailers. Also the bestselling current generation console, the Wii, sold 300,000 units. Sony hasn't released its Black Friday week sales.


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13 Comments

butcherknife (on 27 November 2012)

What was the PS3 units sold from last year?


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Kai Master (on 28 November 2012)

America is weird, you kind of have 2 Christmas in a month span. Can't you just eat the Turkey on Thanksgiving and buy the gifts just before Christmas ?


Pjams (on 29 November 2012)

People do the majority of there Holiday shopping on Black Friday


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atma998 (on 27 November 2012)

Does anyone have the 3DS numbers for BF week?


Cobretti2 (on 28 November 2012)

From the other article posted on VGChartz:

"The predecessor to the Wii U, the Wii, managed to sell 300,000 units during black Friday week. The DS managed to outsell the 3DS by 25,000 units due to being cheaper. The DS sold 275,000 units, while the 3DS sold 250,000 units."


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Chark (on 27 November 2012)

I was close with 800k


Barozi (on 27 November 2012)

Doesn't include Saturday sales, so you might be even closer


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TheSource (on 28 November 2012)

I think we're looking at about 550k Wiis, 420k Wii Us, 600k PS3s, and 1.4m X360s for the month. December should only be around 50% higher for each this year, as opposed to the doubling of the past though.


MARCUSDJACKSON (on 28 November 2012)

looks spot on. also those voting a legit post down should be consider spamming.


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VGKing (on 27 November 2012)

That 750k doesn't include Saturday....so when VgChartz updates their numbers, it'll probably be a bit higher than this.


binary solo (on 28 November 2012)

Neither does the 960K mentioned for 2011, the number for 2011 incl Saturday is 1.04M. So adding Saturday should bring it close to 800K. I'm predicting just on 1 million WW for 360, but it might be shy of this by 50K unless there's a big WoW boost in Europe. PS3 did 500K last year. I'm thinking about 400K this time


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ironmanDX (on 27 November 2012)

M$... Just raking the money in......


drkohler (on 27 November 2012)

In line with expectations, approx -30% compared to last year (as were all previous weeks)


Jim6860 (on 30 November 2012)

Well, I don't see how the Wii U sold out at most retailers, when on Black Friday I saw plenty of them at Walmart and at another similar store. Just today, I saw 5 of them in the case at another store when I was grocery shopping. When the Wii came out, it was like the 360 when it came out, couldn't find one for nearly six months without a bit of luck.


MARCUSDJACKSON (on 28 November 2012)

nice. can't wait for Sony numbers. seems as if sells for wk 17 sold as i expect as has the numbers for 360 (600k-800k) for the day and wk of black friday.


TheSource (on 28 November 2012)

I wouldn't be surprised to see Nintendo consoles dominate again by late next year. X360 / PS3 will continue to decline, Wii U (and Wii) will still be big, and PS4 / X720 will be expensive. We're already almost back to late 2010 now with Nintendo / Microsoft parity (7m Wiis and X360s sold then, 700k Wii & Wii U this week, 750k X360s this week). It's also similar to 2007 when PS2 + PS3 were doing about what Wii did alone.


Psyberius (on 27 November 2012)

About 75,000 more than I thought. I really believe that Microsoft has it's stock situation squared away though. I expect that they'll be able to maintain better than expected sales past Christmas. After Christmas is going to be BRUTAL for them though when the WiiU will maintain a little higher presence.


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cmeese47 (on 28 November 2012)

Just shows soccer moms will buy anything


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sales2099 (on 28 November 2012)

Actually the Skylander bundle didnt sell much :P


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