NPD March: Xbox 360 on top for 27th consecutive month

Thursday, 18th April 2013 23:20 GMT By Brenna Hillier

This month’s NPD Report drops today, with Microsoft the first to spill details. The platform holder shifted 261,000 Xbox 360 consoles over the course of the month.

The hardware sales apparently beat out the competition, making Xbox the top-selling console in the US for the 27th consecutive month. Global Xbox 360 console sales now top 77.2 million, with 1.3 million in he last quarter.

Microsoft also won the total platform spend tally again, with $402 million dropped by US consumers on hardware, software and accessories.

Although we’re yet to see the full charts, Microsoft said six of the top ten console games were available on Xbox 360.

Microsoft’s quarterly financial report came in earlier today, showing Xbox division revenue up 56% year-on-year and 46 million Xbox Live subscribers.



  1. SlayerGT

    You know who’s not ready for next Gen…Microsoft. Bet they wish they could milk the 360 for 3 or 4 more years.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    and Sony? :D

    #2 2 years ago
  3. theevilaires

    ^ They’re too busy trying to sell the PS2,PSP,PS3, and PSV. They don’t have to wish about milking just one system. they’re busy evolving and giving the consumer the next best thing.

    Congrats to Microsoft only having to focus on one machine.

    Props to SONY and Nintendo for juggling 3 to 4 systems at a time and putting out better quality than Microsoft.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. sg1974

    Where’s Sony, PS3 is dead, 360 wins this gen, etc.

    Meanwhile, in the rest of the world…..

    #4 2 years ago
  5. CPC_RedDawn


    Nope. Wii won this gen in terms of sales which this article is about. Its a shame that so many people lap up such an outdated console. Microsoft must be making a ton of money off these idiots. Next gen consoles should already be here by now. It just stagnating the industry and holding back progression. Even devs have gotten tired of the hardware which is why they are turning too the PC platform more in the past two years and we PC gamers have gotten so many good ports. Also more companies are embracing the F2P, and MOBA scenes which ALL three console companies are scared of. Take Cryteks Warface, which has 9 million active players in Russia alone! Wait til its out in other terrortories and see it shine.

    360 should have been put to sleep a long time ago, microsoft is laughing at you all as they sit back do nothing, let third parties carry their machine and just rake in all your money. Whilst Nintendo and Sony actually support their machines with steller first party titles, content, and embracing the indie devs.

    Enjoy watching TV on your nextbox and paying an exstortionate monthly fee for it. Whilst we play.. yoy know. GAMES!!!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. SlayerGT

    @Tea. Yes props to Sony. Yes they mishandled the launch of the successor to the greatest console ever. But they’ve managed to recover in good form. Vita is the result of 17 years of failures. PS4 will be of 18. They’ve learned plenty. Microsoft has everything to lose. I’m so curious to see how MS makes the transition. If their success can keep on.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. xBURNNERx

    Microsoft will win the next Gen war yes they have something to lose but I mean who doesn’t I’m sure no one wants to end up like Sega an the dreamcast I except this battle a easy wipe out of Nintendo an world war 2 M/Sony ( epic )

    #7 2 years ago
  8. melonbuster1

    Boss! !

    #8 2 years ago
  9. loveaya

    Maybe next generation i’ll support Microsoft. I’ve played PlayStation since 1994 and got a little tired to focus on SONY.

    Always dissapointed on Nintendo, so Microsoft gonna be my first choice.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Cobra951

    @5: To me, you’re the idiot. Gaming environments are about a lot more than just hardware technology. Once that’s in place (check), and it’s good enough (check), what matters are the games themselves, and the reliability and functionality of the system’s infrastructure. These have been stellar for years. That’s why the system is on top of the heap. If all you care about is hardware, what’s stopping you? Not the Xbox. There is enough bleeding-edge PC hardware out there to stroke your ego as far as you care. You can go ahead and grab the handful of PC games that really need all that power too. Have a ball.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. xBURNNERx

    @10 nice (-: people buy consoles for various experiences like playing madden at your friends house logging in your profile with ease then going home an watching Netflix with your girlfriend lol its things like that , That makes consoles so big an next Gen will only get better

    #11 2 years ago
  12. sg1974


    Hear that whooshing sound? That’s the noise made by the point of my comment as it shoots over the top of your head. ;)

    I was referring to how some people think the NPDs represent the whole market rather than one region.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Pip

    These figures are only for the US though.

    Yes the 360 gets the most sales in the US, monthly, but the highest selling consoles globally is the 3DS, followed pretty closely by the PS3, with the 360 pretty far behind, with around 40 000 less than PS3 per week.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. TF_PtMaster

    Since when US sales represent worldwide sales? Microsoft have not beat Sony globaly. They are ahead in this race, but Sony is wining in every other territory. And you know why Microsoft because we pay the same amount of money only to play online.

    I’m a day one buyer of 360, and i have Xbox Live since the very begining, because i wanted a nextgen console, and a lot of my friends did too, but 7 years later few changes have been made in my region’s Live.

    Microsoft focus is US market, and in the next box will the same thing, and both next gen ( i meam probably) consoles being released at the sime time, i don’t know how good they will do.

    Keep in mind, this gen race have not finished yet.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. viralshag

    @14, This “race” was over a long time ago. The Wii won, fact. End of story.

    New gens are around the corner, once they launch who is going to care that the PS3 managed to outsell the 360 in the last year of both consoles other than Sony fans? It seems a hollow “victory” considering they have been set in third place the entire generation.

    In the grand scheme of things, considering the high volume of sales, I wouldn’t even trust the difference of +/- 2 million units to be accurate so I would say realistically, if anything, Sony and MS have a tie.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Pip

    It certainly is a tie this generation. But I think next generation Sony will be on top. They have gained momentum over the last few years, and made a lot of good decisions, which I think will be reflected in next gen sales.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. viralshag

    @16, Would you not say they had even better momentum going into this gen following on from the PS2 though?

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    Good momentum coupled with a poor design and arrogance. The last two appear to have been replaced. I think current NPD stats do demonstrate that the US is still going to be a tough but to crack for PS. The momentum there is still very much with MS and I can’t see anything from the current info we have which will change that yet. MS aren’t going to put out a complete donkey, they aren’t going to put in online *requirements* and if there is a cheap backward compatibility upgrade path they will continue to dominate the US. Even without the latter and a potential performance difference I can’t see Sony beating MS in the US.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. TF_PtMaster

    @15 I believe every race ends when all the contenders cross the finish line. The 1st place belongs to Wii, if we can say Wii is at the same generation, but what about who will be looser in the race?

    #19 2 years ago
  20. DrDamn

    Wii sales are also more or less dead now, but a PS3/360 at a sub £100 price point could sell a lot more. Or a CD drive less 360 as mooted by recent rumours. They both aren’t that far off what would be “first place”.

    #20 2 years ago

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