NPD December ’09 – Microsoft: 2009 was a “breakthrough year” for 360

Friday, 15th January 2010 00:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Microsoft has responded to tonight’s NPD figures, saying it was a “breakthrough year” for Xbox 360.

The NPD for the month of December 2009 showed the console sold 1.3 million units in around the Holiday season, with the company confirming the console has sold over 10 million units throughout the year in the US.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed at CES last week 360 had sold over 39 million units since its launch back in 2005.

$4.8 billion was spent in 2009 on 360 hardware, software or accesories, with $1.1 billion in sales spent during December itself.

More then $2.7 billion was spent on 360 software during 2009. No doubt MW2 was half of that.

The company also reiterated its Q1 line-up, saying 360 has “blockbuster-exclusives launching nearly every month in the first half of 2010″, kicking off with Mass Effect 2 in two weeks.

Fable III was also re-confirmed for a release later this year. The game was confirmed to be released for Holiday 2010 during the reveal of the game by Peter Molyneux at GamesCom last August.

Last week, Microsoft confirmed – and re-confirmed tonight in their response – that Project Natal will release this holiday season.



  1. Psychotext

    They were up a little in sales vs 2008, so I doubt they have too much to complain about.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. SniperWolf

    wasn’t 2008 sales better than 2009
    can someone explain?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Not December, the year as a whole.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. SniperWolf

    can you give some data for 2008 all year sales
    for wii and ps3 and xbox 360

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    Sure, 2 secs.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    Wii: 10.17m
    360: 4.74m
    PS3: 3.54m

    #6 5 years ago
  7. SniperWolf

    2009 sales all year
    XBOX 360—-4.770.700

    #7 5 years ago
  8. SniperWolf

    wow is that amount a breakthrough
    2008=360: 4.74m
    so it is almost 30.000 up
    a breakthrough ?
    am i reading this right

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Psychotext

    Breakthrough? Not sure I follow. It’s up about 30k year on year.

    Oh… I see what you’re saying now. No, they’ll be talking about total revenue (including software, accessories etc).

    #9 5 years ago
  10. SniperWolf

    im lost

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    PR will do that. :D

    #11 5 years ago
  12. SniperWolf


    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    Microsoft need to try harder on the software front this year, Sony’s seemed to be trying much harder in 2009.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. NiceFellow

    Don’t want to look like I’m knocking them, but that’s not my definition of ‘breakthrough’

    360 was essentially flat vs 2008 for total sales, sold just under a more expensive console during holidays and that result required crazy deals and promotions plus attatching 360 at the hip to MW2.

    On the SW side it sold lots, but the reliance on shooters and hardcore online titles like MW2 remains a worry, and gives little confidence that Natal is really going to bring in lots of casual gamers.

    I’d say 360 had a solid year but there were some definite cracks in the performance and a serious lack of exclusives – I note that most of the 2009 ‘best of lists’ have either multiplatform titles, PS3 exclusives or Wii exclusives.

    Nice PR spin though to call that a ‘breakthrough’.

    Still, at least sales were solid and SW was strong – can’t knock that.

    #14 5 years ago

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