Microsoft Sold 800,000 Xbox Consoles on Black Friday

The company said it sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday, more than 800,000 sold within a period of 24 hours, and more than 750,000 Kinect devices.

Granted Microsoft refreshed the Xbox 360 with the Kinect sensor in 2010, but this is an essentially seven-year old console that is still outselling its newer competition. Nintendo sold only about 400,000 units in the United States during its debut week, which was considered a sell-out.

What makes Microsoft's Xbox 360 numbers even more impressive is the fact that the console appears to hold up well in comparison to previous years. According to NPD, Microsoft sold 1.37 million consoles in November 2010; 819,500 in November 2009; 836,000 in November 2008 and 770,000 in November 2007. There was no shipment estimate for November 2011.

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  • A Bad Day
    And those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.
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  • getochkn
    A Bad DayAnd those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.


    Why because they bought a console for probably $120 that will last a few years and didn't wait to buy a $600 console next year that will probably be buggy and not have a lot of optimized games like ANY new console does when it launches?
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  • s3anister
    A Bad DayAnd those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.

    Not everyone is willing to wait to be able to play Halo 4 or use the console as a media player (which it does very well). Let's not forget its capabilities as a streaming (netflix) or Downloaded Content player (new movies).

    Not everyone wants to shell out $100 for something that only plays videos, they might want the enhanced functionality of a game console, even if it is long in the tooth with a newer box right around the corner.
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  • A Bad Day
    And those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.
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  • s3anister
    A Bad DayAnd those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.

    Not everyone is willing to wait to be able to play Halo 4 or use the console as a media player (which it does very well). Let's not forget its capabilities as a streaming (netflix) or Downloaded Content player (new movies).

    Not everyone wants to shell out $100 for something that only plays videos, they might want the enhanced functionality of a game console, even if it is long in the tooth with a newer box right around the corner.
    12
  • getochkn
    A Bad DayAnd those ancient 360s are going to be replaced by the 720s the very next year. Good planning for the majority of the 800,000 customers.


    Why because they bought a console for probably $120 that will last a few years and didn't wait to buy a $600 console next year that will probably be buggy and not have a lot of optimized games like ANY new console does when it launches?
    16