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Microsoft Sold 800,000 Xbox Consoles on Black Friday

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Microsoft announced a rather astounding Black Friday sales result for its aging Xbox 360 game console.

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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    getochkn , November 29, 2012 3:15 AM
    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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    A Bad Day , November 29, 2012 3:06 AM
    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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    ojas , November 29, 2012 9:54 AM
    PennanenHow can murricans buy xboxes when they have trillions of dept? Arent you supposed to pay what you owe to people before spending it on luxury?

    I believe their government has trillions in debt, not the consumers who bought xboxes...
    mightymaxioPshhh new xboxs are less than $200. Even a person earning 20k a year can afford one.

    I think he was talking about M$.
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    A Bad Day , November 29, 2012 3:06 AM
    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 , November 29, 2012 3:12 AM
    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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    getochkn , November 29, 2012 3:15 AM
    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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    wardoc22 , November 29, 2012 3:18 AM
    Well someone is rich
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    dimar , November 29, 2012 3:21 AM
    I'd get it instead of PS3, if only it had a blu-ray player.
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    wolley74 , November 29, 2012 3:52 AM
    s3anisterNot 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.


    $60 a month for live for Netflix + most online apps, PS3 does win in that respect for Netflix atleast, plus has the advantage of a Bluray player
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    leandrodafontoura , November 29, 2012 4:09 AM
    One of them was mine. But I got it cause it was a white special edition released on Black Friday. Moreover, for only $150 and some extra games bundled, great deal!

    Now I have a new 7 year of library of exclusive games to discover.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 29, 2012 4:09 AM
    PennanenHow can murricans buy xboxes when they have trillions of dept? Arent you supposed to pay what you owe to people before spending it on luxury?

    There's a reason they call it "The American Way".
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    mightymaxio , November 29, 2012 4:12 AM
    wardoc22Well someone is rich
    Pshhh new xboxs are less than $200. Even a person earning 20k a year can afford one.
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    gravewax , November 29, 2012 4:40 AM
    This article looks dodgy. those numbers are exactly what was sold in 2011 black Friday and somewhat different to the numbers reported officially just a day or so ago?
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2012 5:42 AM
    Hell, the 250GB 360 Slim, with forza 4, skyrim, headset, and a controller, 2 months free live gold was only a measily $250.

    I got one just because I work at a used game store, and never owned a 360. Now when I get the time I'll be able to pretty much get every game for at buy prices of under $5-10 for exclusive titles. Like the other guy said people that don't have one yet have a HUGE library of good rated games to pick up for DIRT cheap. Just because it's 7 years old doesn't mean it doesn't have any games still worth playing.

    Graphics isn't everything to me. Loads of good games that dont come out for my PC to play.

    And im sure the people that got one this cheap arn't gonna buy the "720 for $500" for many years till it gets cheap and a good library of games to choose from. Afterall whats the point? If you care about graphics enough just stay with a PC, it already has beyound 1080P visuals, and is faster than the 720.

    Hell I still have an Atari, Xbox, Ps1, 2, nintendo 64, NES, SEGA genesis, SEGA CD, Virtual boy, Gamecube, all daisy chained to my spare tv in the guest room for good fun old times. why you ask? because graphics dont make a game.
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    blazorthon , November 29, 2012 8:10 AM
    PennanenHow can murricans buy xboxes when they have trillions of dept? Arent you supposed to pay what you owe to people before spending it on luxury?


    I'm American and I'm not in debt; other Americans may be and the government is as a whole, but I'm not and I can do whatever the hell I want to with my money even if I was in debt (although that would undoubtedly be stupid and hurt my hypothetical situation further like our government is doing).
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    blazorthon , November 29, 2012 8:11 AM
    mightymaxioPshhh new xboxs are less than $200. Even a person earning 20k a year can afford one.


    Not necessarily. Making $20K a year in say Long Island, New York probably isn't going to be enough to buy even an Xbox 360 without some clever budgeting.
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2012 8:44 AM
    console gamers *shakes head*
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2012 9:40 AM
    720's plan of having two hardware sku's next gen with be a problem for them imo. they are seperating play styles on hardware . ie. casual set top that downloads games and streams media , and a more hardware filled game box . they should allow the software to determine which the gamer or gamers are with profiles. another place next gen consoles are overly doing it is with streaming media , there are too many devices that stream netflix or hulu smart tvs , dvd players and stand alone digital boxes. the playstation 4 will be a big mistake once gamers who game on a budget fiqures out sonys next gen will not support used games , through the means of cd keys for every game.

    i cant understand why people hate on the Wii U saying the next gen console is under powered to be next gen. nintendo didnt release it next gen so i am assuming its current gen. they released it 5 years after the other not there fault sony and xbox kept theres for twice as much. The portable console market is going to die this generation i believe the cell phone industry is geetting hardware capable devices that are cheapier on contracts. gamings future looks rough with microsofts windows 8 driven 720 with different tiers of hardware and sonys desire to steer away from used games killing alot of players ability to afford games, and nintendo coming out a bit early with a poor launch of 3rd party games , and lack of playable demos . all in all the downfall will be on our shoulders we expect to get too much and we give in too little. we need to accept what we got to use next gen will be a joke IMO. and its only going downhill
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    ojas , November 29, 2012 9:54 AM
    PennanenHow can murricans buy xboxes when they have trillions of dept? Arent you supposed to pay what you owe to people before spending it on luxury?

    I believe their government has trillions in debt, not the consumers who bought xboxes...
    mightymaxioPshhh new xboxs are less than $200. Even a person earning 20k a year can afford one.

    I think he was talking about M$.
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    CaedenV , November 29, 2012 11:48 AM
    PennanenHow can murricans buy xboxes when they have trillions of dept? Arent you supposed to pay what you owe to people before spending it on luxury?

    We 'Murricans' are generally not in that much debt. It was a different situation 3-5 years ago before everything was shot to hell, but we (as a people) have generally been de-leveriging ourselves over the past few years.

    Our gov't is another matter entirely. They are under this odd impression that we can inflate our currancy at a rate which is slow enough to not hurt people, but fast enough to make our liabilities a smaller percentage of GDP. They are doing an OK job at it so far, but they are playing with fire and it is only a matter of time before it falls apart.
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    blazorthon , November 29, 2012 12:12 PM
    CaedenVWe 'Murricans' are generally not in that much debt. It was a different situation 3-5 years ago before everything was shot to hell, but we (as a people) have generally been de-leveriging ourselves over the past few years.Our gov't is another matter entirely. They are under this odd impression that we can inflate our currancy at a rate which is slow enough to not hurt people, but fast enough to make our liabilities a smaller percentage of GDP. They are doing an OK job at it so far, but they are playing with fire and it is only a matter of time before it falls apart.


    They've just been inflating the bubbles. When they burst, they'll probably do so all the worse as a result, albeit at later times. I'd rather they just fixed the problem at the sources since not doing so will undoubtedly mean repeats of this, perhaps even worse than the current economic problems are and will be in the next few years.
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    demonhorde665 , November 29, 2012 12:31 PM
    getochknWhy 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?



    my thoughts exactly ... i didnt get a xbox 360 till 2008 that's 3 years after it launched in 2005 why pay 600 bucks for a console that is bound to ahve bugs , when you can wait 3-4 years and get it with most the kinks worked out
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