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Xbox 360 Has Served Over 57 Million Since 2005

Nearly six years after its launch in 2005,
Microsoft has announced that they have sold over 57 million Xbox 360 units worldwide. Despite these impressive numbers, the Xbox 360
still lags far behind the Nintendo Wii, which has sold 87 million. The 360
still holds a lead over the Playstation 3 with its 51 million sales worldwide.

However, sales for the 360 have
actually declined. For the last three months, Microsoft reports that 2.3
million consoles have been sold, yet 2.8 million were sold at this time last
year. Software revenue also shows a decline from last year, although Microsoft
attributes this to the release of Halo
Reach
during this time in 2010. On the flip side, revenue from the console
has increased, due to Xbox Live profits increasing.

With decreasing sales comes the talk
of a next-gen console release, and sure enough, analysts are already predicting
that the next Xbox console will release sometime in 2014. Nintendo’s upcoming
launch of their Wii U console in 2012 has led some analysts to believe that
Microsoft will be forced to speed up the timetable for their next console
release.

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