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Xbox beats Wii and PS3 in June

The annual E3 video game expo was held last month and there were some impressive new unveilings. Among the notable products was the Kinect accessory for the Xbox 360 that turns the player into a motion controller. A number of new video games were also unveiled.

One of the most important of the hardware devices unveiled at the show was the new redesigned Xbox 360, which was quickly dubbed the Xbox 360 Slim by many. The new Xbox 360 added in a new thinner profile, more storage with a 250GB HDD, five USB ports, and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi. The console carries the same $299 price tag as the older fat machine.

The redesign and new features have spurred sales of the new Xbox 360, just as Microsoft undoubtedly hoped. According to the latest figures from NPD Group for the gaming market in June 2010, the Xbox 360 surpassed the Wii in sales for June taking it to the number one spot for consoles, not counting portables. 

If sales of portable systems are figured in, the Nintendo DS still dominated the console market. NPD shows that console hardware sales grew by about 35% compared to June of 2009. However, the market for gaming as a whole declined thanks to reduced gaming software sales compared to June of 2009.

NPD predicts that interest in the PlayStation Move and Microsoft Kinect accessories will spur hardware sales. The new Xbox 360 sold 451,700 units for the month, the Wii sold 422,000 units, and the PS3 moved 304,800 units. The Nintendo DS sold 510,700 units and the PSP sold 121,000 during June.

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RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By lamerz4391 on 7/16/2010 12:16:31 PM , Rating: 5
Actually they are decidedly 'current gen' right now

RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By jabber on 7/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By CharonPDX on 7/16/2010 4:08:45 PM , Rating: 3
There has to be something newer for it to be "last gen".

I'm all for PC gaming, and think PC gaming is way better than console gaming.

But a PC isn't a console.

Therefore, the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii are "current gen" consoles. There haven't been any "next gen" consoles announced yet, so the term "next gen" can't apply to anything anymore. (I'm willing to accept "next gen" referring to a generation during its first year; which none of the three are, so that doesn't apply.)

Xbox, PS2, and Gamecube are "last gen".

RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By semiconshawn on 7/16/2010 4:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
Dumbest argument ever. What is the current gen of consoles then?

RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By jabber on 7/16/10, Rating: -1
RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By SPOOFE on 7/17/2010 12:43:27 AM , Rating: 2
Consoles are "who cares" gen, as in, "Who cares what hardware drives it, as long as there's cool games?"

So last gen that developers dont even bother using the ancient GPU in the PS3, they just do it all in the Cell.

Incorrect. The fact of the matter is that developers are able to extract some amazing visuals from old hardware. Nobody that matters cares HOW it's done.

RE: Sales attributed to redesign?
By jabber on 7/16/10, Rating: -1
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