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Microsoft CES Keynote: 39 million Xbox 360s sold worldwide

Thursday, 7 January 2010 07:04 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Microsoft confirmed in its CES keynote last night that over 39 million Xbox 360s have been sold worldwide.

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer delivered the news at the event, where he also said that over $20 billion has been spent on 360 at retail since its launch in 2005.

More than 500 million games have been sold for the system.

During the keynote, Ballmer revealed a new service for 360 known as “Game Room”, which will let you play Arcade games cheaply. It’ll be coming in the spring for 360 and Games for Windows.

Microsoft also announced that Project Natal will launch as soon as the Holidays this year.

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34 Comments

  1. kdogg

    Does that include the ones that have exploded in people’s faces?

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    It sure does, alone with the ones people have rebought to replace them.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Did they say how many faces had been exploded?

    #3 5 years ago
  4. yacaman

    My buddy bought his third one last year. i dont understand him. We call him Red Ring now. Dumb fanboys. Microsoft should pay people like him, and to top it off, he couldnt get any of his files back……

    Love the Wii, and PS3. But mand does Microsoft have Zombie games.
    They say Bill gates bites the staff members fired and the become Zombies.

    Poor wife of his has to hide her I phone. Its a shame.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    What a strange post. lol

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Blerk

    Nurse!

    #6 5 years ago
  7. RGW1982

    Only 5.5 Million Ahead Of PS3, That Gap Will Be Filled By The End Of The Year.. Maybe Even Sooner After The PS3 + GoW 3 Bundles Come Out.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    You do know that they’ve only technically caught up by somewhere between 0.5m to 1.5m in the three years since the PS3 launched right? What on earth makes you think that they’re suddenly going to be able to sell 5.5m more in a single year?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. RGW1982

    PS3 Exclusives & A Price Drop, Duh.

    Games Like GoW 3 & Twisted Metal Will Sell PS3 Like Hot Cakes, PS3 Will Be Ahead Of The 360 By Years End Or Sometime In 2011, SONY Was Right From The Start When They Said The PS3 Would Finish Ahead Of The 360.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    What’s With The Capital Letters?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Gekidami

    Take each letter and rearrange them, theres a hidden message!

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    “PS3 Will Be Ahead Of The 360 By Years End Or Sometime In 2011″

    So which is it? You seemed confident about the outcome, so pick one. :)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. zoopdeloop

    The truth is the same users buying multiple times the same console cause of the RROD.You can’t blame these people completely since they already have a vast library of games which the total value is much higher than buying another 360…off course they could follow the alternative way and sell this library.

    Microsoft in my books knows very well how to rip off people’s money and how to sell…that was the plan with their fault from the very beginining.

    If this wasn’t the case they could replace or fix RROD 360′s out of warranty even if it means 10 times to the same user…since RROD is their technical fault and not the user’s

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    That doesn’t make a great deal of sense.

    RRoD / E74 is covered for 3 years, which means at most you’d have had one machine go out of warranty on you (assuming you bought another one when it died).

    Beyond that, the 360 still has the highest attach rate of all the consoles by quite a margin… so if people really are going out and buying multiple machines then in reality the 360′s attach rate isn’t just high, it’s utterly unprecedented.

    Don’t get me wrong, there are probably over a hundred thousand machines out there which have been bought because of an out of warranty failure, but people seem to make out that it would be in the millions, when the info we have just doesn’t support it.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. RGW1982

    Psychotext Is A Retarded 360 Fan Boy, Just Ignore The Retard.. Once Retarded Always Retarded & Psychotext Is Just That.

    360 Is Doom To Failure & A Nice 3rd Place Finish In Hardware Sales.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Once again, that’s a compelling counter argument. You’ve given me a lot to think about, and I thank you for that.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. reask

    @ rgw
    Keep telling yourself that and it might just come true. ;)

    #17 5 years ago
  18. zoopdeloop

    The warranty is covered for 3 years but what happens when some people lose the warranty sheet.I know my best friend had this experience and yet even if he was in warranty and surely they knew it they didn’t replace his RROD 360 cause he didn’t have the sheet,thus he bought another 360.

    I’ve heard from people in other countries that the sheet or receipt isn’t needed…and then again in other countries it is needed as proof.

    I had replaced my ps3 once and at Sony they didn’t asked me of the receipt or the warranty sheet.They knew i was in warranty terms

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    You don’t need a warranty sheet Zoop. You simply register your console online using its serial number ( https://service.xbox.com/servicehome.aspx?scrx=1 ). Takes about 2 minutes to do.

    If you no longer have the receipt as proof of your purchase date then the warranty period will be based on the manufacturing date of the console instead.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. zoopdeloop

    he did that…and they said to him that this isn’t enough or he must wait for many days for them to check on it.But they clearly said they want the receipt or the warranty sheet.I guess it has to do with personel you fall into and not the company itself.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    You always run the risk of running into some arsehole when you call a company… I have a long and anger filled story about Nintendo which attests to that.

    But that’s why you use the online services. Give it a blast with your cupboard dwelling 360. It’ll show you when the standard warranty ends (ended) and the RRoD / E74 warranty is that + 2 years.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. RGW1982

    There’s Nothing To Argue, You’re A Retarded 360 Fan Boy.. Where’s The Arguement Dumb Ass?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    The quality of your posts continually astounds me. I think I speak for most people who read VG247 when I say that we’re lucky to have you here. You’ve brought a level of intellectualism to the site that was hitherto absent.

    #23 5 years ago
  24. zoopdeloop

    I’ll give it myself a try now that you mention it,just for fun :) …i should have 1 and half year warranty since i already have the console as i recall 1 and a half year.But then again i don’t remember my Live ID at all.

    The thing is though that Microsoft should replace RRod 360′s even out of 3 year warranty(some people’s 360 got RROD after the expiration of the warranty)…since it’s their technical well known fault.That is their biggest mistake after the RROD which make people like myself believe that they are cheaters

    #24 5 years ago
  25. RGW1982

    The Fact You Stay 24/7 On This Site Shows You Have No Life.

    I’m Gonna Go Out Because Unlike You I Have REAL Friends, You Can Sit There At Your Computer All Day As I’m Sure You Will Because You’re Like The Fat Dork On South Park’s World Of Warcraft Episode.

    Sucks To Be You.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Psychotext

    The thing is though that Microsoft should replace RRod 360’s even out of 3 year warranty(some people’s 360 got RROD after the expiration of the warranty)…since it’s their technical well known fault.That is their biggest mistake after the RROD which make people like myself believe that they are cheaters

    No argument, but then there’s always a limit to warranties, even in the case of significant issues with hardware. You simply can’t support something forever because the failure rate naturally increases over time, even for otherwise normal hardware.

    For instance, the average failure rate of consumer electronics devices is fifteen percent once they hit between three and four years old. For PCs that rises to nearly thirty percent, and for laptops that rises to over forty percent.

    @RGW: Will you please teach me to be cool like you, and have friends, and a life, and everything? I’d be ever so grateful!

    #26 5 years ago
  27. zoopdeloop

    Psycho if my 360 goes RROD after my warranty expires and if i’m interested in a new one you promised me to buy me one eh? :P
    thank you

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Psychotext

    I’m pretty certain I didn’t say that. :P

    #28 5 years ago
  29. zoopdeloop

    pff Men :D

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    You and Stephany will get along just fine. :(

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Stephany Nunneley

    What dog do I have in this? /lost :-(

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    That would be the “despair at men” dog.

    \o/

    #32 5 years ago
  33. Stephany Nunneley

    Oh, well, then, yeah. Pffft. Men. :-D

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Mike

    Hey! I’m a man, goddammit.

    #34 5 years ago

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    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]