Xbox 360 Tops 28 Million Consoles Sold Worldwide, Microsoft Claims 8M Lead Over PlayStation 3

By Chris Faylor, Jan 06, 2009 7:53am PST The Xbox 360 has sold over 28 million units worldwide since its 2005 launch, manufacturer Microsoft announced today.

The Xbox 360's lead over Sony's rival PlayStation 3 hardware now exceeds 8 million units, the company claims, with the Xbox 360 outselling the PS3 in Europe by over 1 million. Microsoft's wording suggests the PlayStation 3 has now sold around 20 million units worldwide--in October, Sony revealed the the PS3 was then nearing 17 million.

Before the holiday season kicked off, Nintendo's Wii had sold 34.55 million units.

Microsoft also boasted the latest figures for Xbox Live, stating that the online service now has 17 million active members, recently hit a new record with 1.5 million users online concurrently, and has accumulated over $1 billion in revenue since November 2005.

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  • While I'm sure MS is real proud of themselves with this number, and publishers are sure to take notice as well when deciding where to put their resources with upcoming games, it's really the attach rate numbers for games that are just killing the competition. Even the Wii is having trouble posting software sales numbers in the same realm as the 360 and they have many more consoles out there. Devs and Pubs are very aware of where their games are going to sell best and you can bet that the 360 will remain lead platform and get more exclusives then the PS3 or Wii (Wii of course can keep all it's shovelware exclusives). The fact that the PS3 is a BD player first and game console second seems to be lost on many people who tout the fact that the PS3 is selling well. Cheaper BD players are already starting to affect PS3 sales as evidenced by the slow holiday sales.