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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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By lamerz4391 on 7/16/2010 12:18:55 PM , Rating: 1
Really?? Microsoft and Sony have BOTH said that they expect a long lifespan for these consoles, on the order of 10 years. *Newsflash* - you are only half way through this gen. Prepare to be fed up for a long while.


By jabber on 7/16/2010 1:35:15 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, they say 10 years but soon one will announce a new console and then the other two will have to show their cards pretty quick.

I'm betting 2011 will see new consoles announced.

Another year to 18 months is going to see these consoles as very creaky. They aint going to last 10 years as the premium line product.


By SPOOFE on 7/17/2010 12:46:23 AM , Rating: 2
I expect MS to support the 360 for longer after its successor is out compared to its first console.


By afkrotch on 7/19/2010 10:22:02 PM , Rating: 2
I can see them announcing the consoles, but not releasing them until like 2013.


By mac2j on 7/17/2010 3:07:11 AM , Rating: 2
I think we're looking at 2013-14 for the new consoles.

MS and Nintendo haven't released anything development-wise and Sony - JUST - started to let it leak they were interfacing with developers on the PS-4 design to make sure its more developer-friendly and they'll have a lot more games sooner than with the Cell.

Ideally Sony probably wants to be able to package a fast multi-core CPU, 3D 1080p (min) capable GPU, a 3D capable Blu-ray player, and an SSD in addition to the usual stuff into their next-gen console for under $500... so about 1/3rd of what it would cost now.


By afkrotch on 7/19/2010 10:29:05 PM , Rating: 2
Really, development for a next gen console wouldn't be all to hard. Sony can slap in two faster cell processor, a new gpu, faster blu-ray drive, and 500 gig hdd.

MS can throw in two new Xenon cpu, blu-ray, and a 500 gig hdd. That right there is 6 cpu cores and 2 gpu cores. Have the gpus crossfired or something.

As consoles become more PC like, it becomes less costly to create a new one.


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