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Microsoft Xbox 360 hits 30 months as top selling games console

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Fri Jul 19 2013, 11:53
Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the US' top selling console

GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft's Xbox 360 is the top selling console in the US for the 30th consecutive month, and pulled in just shy of $200m in June.

The firm excitedly revealed its success in a blog post that cites figures from The NPD Group.

"Xbox 360 maintained its position as the top console in the US last month, selling more units than any other platform with 140,000 units, according to new data from The NPD Group," it said.

"June marked the 30th consecutive month Xbox 360 was the best selling console in the US."

There were a number of highlights during the month, and Microsoft said that people spent $197m on Xbox stuff in June, the most for any console in the US.

The money went to games including Grand Theft Auto 4, Deadpool, Minecraft and Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.

All of this looks pretty good for the Xbox One, the replacement upgrade console that Microsoft plans to release by the end of this year.

The Xbox One is the Xbox 360 turned up to 11, and comes bundled with the previous add-on Kinect.

Initially the Xbox One looked like it would come out a stinker, with onerous DRM restrictions.

Games were to be effectively limited to use by only one person, and the system required a more or less always on internet connection. Gamers let Microsoft know that they didn't appreciate those features.

Microsoft has done a 180 on those DRM restrictions and has changed its mind about the worst excesses of its copyright control system. This apparently might work better for it.

"Xbox One, which will launch this fall, has already seen impressive preorder sales as consumers have signed up to be the first to receive the new system," added the firm. "In fact, Xbox One presales are trending ahead of Xbox 360 during the same time period." µ


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