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Microsoft sells nearly a million Xbox 360s in a week

Seven years old and still going strong
Wed Nov 30 2011, 12:49

GAMING CONSOLE VENDOR Microsoft has just sold its largest number of Xbox consoles in a week.

In a seven day period that included Black Friday and Cyber Monday, both traditionally big days for retailers, the company managed to shift 960,000 consoles in the US alone, the most ever in a week.

800,000 of the devices were sold in one 24 hour period, it added, meaning that the rest of the week was perhaps a little more lacklustre.

Jeff Meisner, editor at the Official Microsoft Blog welcomed the high sales figures, which also saw more Kinect units leave stores and enter homes. Meisner said that combined standalone and bundled movement sensing gewgaw sales numbered 750,000.

"Xbox 360 should deliver its eleventh straight month as the number one console in the US. Given the robust holiday portfolio and the new Xbox LIVE dashboard going live on Dec. 6th," he said. "Microsoft expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S."

The firm has not released worldwide sales, but it is possible that these were also high. Microsoft is making a big push with its Kinect hardware and is rapidly releasing more titles that make use of its software for voice control.

These include the recent Halo CE Anniversary release, and the Black Eyed Peas Experience. µ


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