Xbox 360 Reaches 66 Million Sold

Xbox 360 Reaches 66 Million Sold

Microsoft sells nearly 10 million Xbox 360s over the holiday season, and Kinect sales reach 18 million.

According to the video on the right there, which mixes the odd informative figure into an otherwise endless parade of smug, middle-class, pretty-people flailing their arms around in a series of absurdly spacious showrooms - the bit where Mickey Mouse punched that kid in the face was brilliant though - the 360 just reached 66 million sold worldwide. A ten million increase over the number reported last October.

To put those numbers into perspective. The PS2, the best-selling console to date, has sold 155.8 million units since its release in 2000. The original PlayStation has sold 102.49 million, and the Wii has sold 89.36 million. The PS3 currently stands at 55.5 million sold.

The Kinect is close to doubling its install base, with a total of 18 million units sold. The video also states that Xbox Live memberships currently stand at 40 million, meaning nearly 60% of Xbox owners are connected to the service. The video didn't specify how many of those 40 million users were Gold members.

The video was released just ahead of the company's final CES keynote; a presentation from endlessly entertaining, shrieking sales-baron Steven Ballmer. I expect this information, as well as any other suitably impressive numbers the company can produce, will be expounded in tonight's keynote.

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

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Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

Well I know ive contributed to 2 of the 360's overall sales..

Still the Sony fanboy in me is saddened by the fact that the PS3 didnt sell as much :( My childhood days of Sony being the top dog are long gone.

The_Blue_Rider:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

Well I know ive contributed to 2 of the 360's overall sales..

As have I, although for me it was also because I wanted an Xbox that could use more of the capabilities of my shiny new HDTV I got as a gift.

I have a very nice family. :)

Zen Toombs:

The_Blue_Rider:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

Well I know ive contributed to 2 of the 360's overall sales..

As have I, although for me it was also because I wanted an Xbox that could use more of the capabilities of my shiny new HDTV I got as a gift.

I have a very nice family. :)

i cant believe i might end up paying for another one just so I can have wi fi >:( Dammit Microsoft it is not okay to take your wireless adaptors off the market as soon as you release a whole friggin xbox that has wi fi and is more expensive than the adaptor + a regular xbox !!

I just we didn't owe so much of that success to Master Chief.

Grey Carter:
Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

Funny because my old PS2 had be restarted at least three times before it would read most games, but the Xbox has never given me any trouble.

I watched that video just to see Mickey Mouse punch a child.

I want my money ba... oh, right.

It's had a fantastic run, it really has. That is, if you don't put too much stock into its early hardware failures... which is hard to do, I admit.

Now that it's nearing the end of its life cycle, I'd have to say it's easily my second favorite console of all time. First being the PS2 of course, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon.

Grey Carter:
The video also states that Xbox Live memberships currently stand at 40 million, meaning nearly 60% of Xbox owners are connected to the service.

Yea. And this is one of the reasons I find all this planned DLC especially stuff like day 1 and locked on disc DLC annoying.

But yay to reaching the nice round number of 66 million. Only 600 million more to go for Microsoft :)

66 Million sold, a good chunk of which are - regrettably - to replace RROD'd units.

If they sold 66 million and the failure rate was 33% (I'm being generous here, since I've read from multiple places that the first run of the 360's was actually around 54%), then that means 21,780,000 of those were replacements. Obviously not, I mean, since a lot of those sales are from the newer slims, but still...

I wonder how many of those were replacement consoles and secondary consoles for using pirated games offline. Methinks a good chunk of those sales goes to both of those categories.

The_Blue_Rider:

Zen Toombs:

The_Blue_Rider:

Well I know ive contributed to 2 of the 360's overall sales..

As have I, although for me it was also because I wanted an Xbox that could use more of the capabilities of my shiny new HDTV I got as a gift.

I have a very nice family. :)

i cant believe i might end up paying for another one just so I can have wi fi >:( Dammit Microsoft it is not okay to take your wireless adaptors off the market as soon as you release a whole friggin xbox that has wi fi and is more expensive than the adaptor + a regular xbox !!

I have one of those wireless adapters, it is not good. At All.

I usually end up getting disconnected when downloading marketplace content, or when I try to rewatch all 69 episodes of Doctor Who currently available on Netflix.

But due to my disk tray going out, I might have to get a new one soon...... August is still considered soon, right?

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'm still on my first 360, 4 years old now. Though a friend of mine has had 7 360's, he only had too pay for 2 of them though, Microsoft replaced the others since he had warranty on them.

"XBOX BING..." Yeah, wow... Because you don't want to find the most relevant links, right?

Reminds me of this hilarious comment about "Source code": "I was TOTALLY buying everything so far as being real, but then Jake Gyllenhaal used BING to look up some information, and I was left COMPLETELY disillusioned with the entire movie.".

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'd have thought that most of the RROD consoles would have been repaired or replaced under the terms of the warranty, if the failures happened within a couple of years of being bought. I had a friend who had to get his 360 posted out to be repaired, but he never had to buy a new 360 at any point. Hardly an ideal situation for him, but he didn't have to particularly bust his wallet in order to get the problem fixed either.

I could be wrong though, so take this as you will...

The only thing I thought the Wii would do good in is collecting dust. How did it sell so many copies? Also isn't it a little late to be buying an Xbox? They are probably going to release a new one soon. Also RROD isn't that common for everyone complaining about it. I'm still on my first and even if they do RR then Microsoft replaces them for free most the time.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'd have thought that most of the RROD consoles would have been repaired or replaced under the terms of the warranty, if the failures happened within a couple of years of being bought. I had a friend who had to get his 360 posted out to be repaired, but he never had to buy a new 360 at any point. Hardly an ideal situation for him, but he didn't have to particularly bust his wallet in order to get the problem fixed either.

I could be wrong though, so take this as you will...

The 360 came out in December of 2005 and microsoft didnt officially recognize the red ring of death as a problem until july of 2007. So for the first year and a half they refused to cover it under the warrenty. So your options were either to pay to ship it to microsoft and pay to get it fixed which would take several weeks or go out and buy a new one. Many people elected to buy a new one.

It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft really does reveal a new console at this year's E3. Until then, Xbox 360's still my primary console.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'd have thought that most of the RROD consoles would have been repaired or replaced under the terms of the warranty, if the failures happened within a couple of years of being bought. I had a friend who had to get his 360 posted out to be repaired, but he never had to buy a new 360 at any point. Hardly an ideal situation for him, but he didn't have to particularly bust his wallet in order to get the problem fixed either.

I could be wrong though, so take this as you will...

There was an (admittedly brief) time when Microsoft would not offer free repairs on red-ringed consoles whose warranties had expired. I was in that situation and decided to upgrade to a 360 Elite rather than pay full boat to get my old 360 repaired. Then MS did a 180 and started repairing red-ringed consoles whose warranties had expired, so I had them repair the old one for free. Now we are a two-Xbox household.

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'd have thought that most of the RROD consoles would have been repaired or replaced under the terms of the warranty, if the failures happened within a couple of years of being bought. I had a friend who had to get his 360 posted out to be repaired, but he never had to buy a new 360 at any point. Hardly an ideal situation for him, but he didn't have to particularly bust his wallet in order to get the problem fixed either.

I could be wrong though, so take this as you will...

I think this is correct for the most part. Everyone I know who had an RROD had the console replaced under warranty. However I suppose if people got the RROD after the 3 year warranty period, then they would have to buy a new one.

Yes, I'd really like to know the failure rate, but we're likely to never know that are we?

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'm curious about that too. We all know someone who bought a replacement to play on while they waited for their replacement from MS.

This is actually really rage inducing. I knew that the big consoles combined still have sold way behind the ps2 but what bothers me the most is that companies like Sony & EA have been blaming us for used purchasing and pirating them into low sales and have been hitting us with all sorts of schemes, scams, and rip offs to make up for it.
Really it seems they just have themselves to blame.
I have a feeling that the next generation of consoles will sell even less, I know that there will be at least one less person buying one.

Well if this is to be believed:
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6216691.html

Failure rates are:
Xbox 360: 23.7%
PS3: 10%
Wii: 2.7%

Now of course not everyone that RRoD's is going to replace it... but let's assume that's the case. Then sales to unique customers would be:

Xbox: 51.7 million
PS3: 50 million
Wii: 87 million

EDIT: However, that was an 09 article and failures appear to be dropping. 10% for Xbox last year and 5% this year. That is only counting units sent in for repair, though, not units that die and get tossed.
http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-brief/59417-xbox-360-failure-rate-is-twice-that-of-wii-ps3

j-e-f-f-e-r-s:

Grey Carter:

Call me a raging cynic, amongst other things, but I'd give good money to find out exactly how many of those 66 million were bought as replacements for consoles that fell victim to the notorious 'red ring o' death.'

I'd have thought that most of the RROD consoles would have been repaired or replaced under the terms of the warranty, if the failures happened within a couple of years of being bought. I had a friend who had to get his 360 posted out to be repaired, but he never had to buy a new 360 at any point. Hardly an ideal situation for him, but he didn't have to particularly bust his wallet in order to get the problem fixed either.

I could be wrong though, so take this as you will...

I've bought two in my lifetime, and I've had two RROD. Only the second one was covered by the warranty.

I agree, I'd like to see *real* figures that do not include RRoD replacements, of course, that would be pretty much impossible to do. But we can guess.

And considering the PS3 came out after the 360; and doesn't die as easy, it's done pretty damn well I think.

Guys stop being depressed about the PS3, the guy who wrote this article is quoting sales figures for the PS3 from September. So he's saying the 360, has sold 10 million over Christmas, which means it beats the PS3 sales figures from... well before Christmas.

As it stands the 360 routinely outsells the PS3 in the Americas and Britain and the PS3 routinely outsells the 360 everywhere else, meaning they're almost exactly equal, despite the headstart

Grey Carter:
The PS3 currently stands at 55.5 million sold.

Dude your journalism was slightly lacking in this article, I thought you'd taken them from Wikipedia, but wikipedia states the time the figures are relevant from :(

EDIT: In fact according to Wikipedia the sales figures between the 360 and the PS3 were staying level through Chrismas too
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Console_wars#Worldwide_sales_figures_6
So the chances are that it just means that Sony sold around 10 million consoles since September too.

 

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