Xbox 360 Tops 60 Million Units Worldwide - News

by Miles Taven , posted on 02 December 2011 / 12,795 Views

With the data being processed for the week ending November 26th, VGChartz can confirm that the Xbox 360 has surpassed the 60 million unit milestone, in just over 6 years on shelves (averaging 10 million per year). Microsoft announced earlier this week that they had shifted over 960,000 units during Black Friday week, which means lifetime sales of the Xbox 360 in the US (30.86m) have now surpassed that of the PlayStation (30.1m), and it becomes the 3rd best-selling home console in the country, behind the Sony PlayStation 2 (46.1m) and the Nintendo Wii (37.45m).

Over 50% of all Xbox 360s are sold in the US (30.85M), meaning at least 1 in 4 homes house an Xbox in its homeland. The UK population, however, can claim they're the most passionate about the Xbox 360, as 11.2% of the population has bought one, compared to 9.9% in the US.

If the Xbox 360 remains flat year over year over the next 5 weeks, it should just about overtake its current peak year (2010) meaning the console's new peak year is its 6th. With that said, VGChartz anticipate higher sales this holiday season for the Xbox, and so it should clear this mark fairly easily.

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kain_kusanagi (on 02 December 2011)

MS deserves it for such a great gaming generation. It may have a had a rocky start, but the 360 is going to go down in history as one of the greats.

JaxxRaxor (on 02 December 2011)

The Xbox 360 has no chance of surpassing the Wii world wide thanks to abysmal sales in Japan, but I do see a very slim chance that it could overtake the Wii in the USA depending on how hard Wii sales plummet after the release of the Wii U and how much Microsoft can maintain the great momentum it has had.

NintendoFanDj (on 03 December 2011)

360 is gonna need 7 million people to do that

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fedfed (on 05 December 2011)

well Wii will need to stop selling.... maybe it will-just at the end1 for sure will pass wii in the UK!

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pezus (on 02 December 2011)

Great sales and if they can gain a little more in Europe (outside of the UK) next gen they may just have a chance at "winning" the gen.

usrevenge (on 05 December 2011)

sales don't mean anything, MS won last gen and this gen already. what matters is the greats, the great games in particular.
last gen it was halo, fable, kotor and star wars battlefront 1 and 2.

this gen its rainbow 6 vegas, gears, COD, battlefield, fallout 3 and elder scrolls... this gen is weird, because multiplatform games ended up being much better on the 360.

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kowenicki (on 02 December 2011)

incredible... nobody, and I mean nobody predicted this in 2005.

JPL78 (on 04 December 2011)

No, what they predicted was that the Playstation 3 would crush the 360 and that it would surpass 360 sales in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012.

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ironmanDX (on 02 December 2011)

What an "achievement!" 60,000,000 points to Microsoft!

Kai Master (on 02 December 2011)

almost as much sales as NES ones. I couldn't say which of 360 or PS3 would reach NES first, but it now seems that the 360 will win, won't it ?

Kai Master (on 02 December 2011)

What was the NES installed base in the US ? I know it was 34M in the Americas, but in the US ?

Michael-5 (on 02 December 2011)

Since USA takes 87% of the Americas share, I would assume 30 million or so? 360 looks to have surpassed that already.

Wait you thought PS3 could reach NES sales before 360? lol

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Seece (on 02 December 2011)

Last numbers indicate just under 30 million 6 years after launch.

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MARCUSDJACKSON (on 02 December 2011)

i figured i'd go ahead and mention that if you still think PS3 will reach 70m before 360 then you've lost your mind.

Wh1pL4shL1ve_007 (on 03 December 2011)

i figured i'd go ahead and mention that if you thought that PS3 would out sell the Xbox 360 in 2010 then youve lost your mind.

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MARCUSDJACKSON (on 02 December 2011)

Well, at this rate I have no doubt that 360 will pass Wii U.S. sales by 2012 yr. end, but PS2'S. not likely. And likely not ever. Now on to my extended prediction For 2011. Nice graph's Parker. It's more then likely at this point the 360 will add another 3 to 4m units through Dec. for a yr. end total of 63-64m units sold ww. Going out on a limb PS3 will add 3-4m also through Dec. for a total of 60-61m units ww meaning PS3 will likely have still won but by numbers to little to count. I could give 2 shits about who disagrees.

Seece (on 02 December 2011)

Uh .. you think 360 can't overtake PS2 in the U.S, but it can the Wii ..... The Wii is gonna overtake the PS2 in the U.S. and judging by how the 360 is doing, it looks like it will also.

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MARCUSDJACKSON (on 04 December 2011)

if you say so Mr. Parker

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reviniente (on 02 December 2011)

Very nice graphs! I like how that donut chart makes very good use of the X360 and Kinect color scheme.

Play4Fun (on 02 December 2011)

I wonder if MS will try harder for Japan next gen or if they won't even bother trying anymore.

Kizmi (on 02 December 2011)

They should bother Europe much more! Not just Usa and UK... In Finland we have only 30% of all services from Xbox live and we pay the same price for gold. Not to mention many new additions doesn't ever come to Finland. (like Finnish kinect language, which was promised to come earlier this year.) But congratulations Microsoft!

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Trentonater (on 05 December 2011)

There is far too much gushing in these comments.

fedfed (on 05 December 2011)

Congrat... I can see 80mil life time.... especially since they still have lots to cut!

spurgeonryan (on 04 December 2011)

Congratz on the great milestone!

eastside49er (on 04 December 2011)

Good sales numbers for a 6 year console and this is before the biggest sales month of the year. MS' 360 will probably be up around 63 to 64 million by end of 2012. Not bad. It will be interesting if the 360 can keep its 10 million a year average in 2012.

Dark_Lord_2008 (on 04 December 2011)

10 year life plan for the 360. the next xbox to be released on the 360s 8th anniversary in 2 years time. the 360 may sell 5 million more units in total in years 9 (3 million) and year 10 (2 million), 360 may end up with 80 million lid sales.

Seece (on 04 December 2011)

80 mill is a low estimation by current trends ..

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yo_john117 (on 03 December 2011)

Very good read, I really enjoyed the charts.

Carl (on 02 December 2011)

Oooooh I like all the graphs and stuff. Nice!

Seece (on 02 December 2011)

Thank you! I shall do one for PS3 hitting 60 mill too

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kivi95 (on 02 December 2011)

This is it's peak year and one of it's worsed year (exklusive games wise) Kinect really helped ALOT.

JPL78 (on 04 December 2011)

I agree, and I don't feel Microsoft catered at all to the gamers that adopted the system early on, instead pushing Kinect. But it sold a lot of systems and that lends to the stability of the platform so I'm not so mad about it. From a third party point of view I think this was one of the strongest years for the system so far.

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Etanclan4life (on 02 December 2011)

Expecting a 8 year life cycle for the 360.

Seece (on 02 December 2011)

Longer than that! Looks like the successor won't be out until its 8th birthday.

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Michael-5 (on 02 December 2011)

If MS keeps the 360 price the way it way on Black Friday, it will defiantly have a peak year. If prices go back up to $199, and $299 then I doubt it.. Still pretty insane, competition from PS3 and a lot of great multi platform titles have really helped keep 360 chugging along.

tripenfall (on 06 December 2011)

do these figures allow for the multiple xbox's people have had to buy due to red ring of death and other system failures?

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flint (on 02 December 2011)

360 sales will drop off considerably now that black Friday has been and gone, Microsoft will still be lucky to overtake PS3 in 2011

VGKing (on 02 December 2011)

Congratz to Microsoft and the 360. Even though I don't think it deserves it.

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Wh1pL4shL1ve_007 (on 02 December 2011)

I smell a troll

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