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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Comparing the Xbox 360 Launch with Other Consoles

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I've been thinking about the Xbox 360 launch lately, and in comparison to other console launches it's turning out to be fairly underwhelming so far. When Microsoft announced that it was going to do a Worldwide launch, a lot of people including me thought that they couldn't do it. Well, it turns out that these people were right. By attempting to launch their console in the USA, Japan and Europe all within weeks of eachother, they've managed to severely stem their supplies.

To pull some numbers out of my hat, take a look at these previous console launch numbers in the US within one season:
The Original Xbox sold 1.4 million units
The Xbox 360 sold 607,000 units
The Nintendo DS sold an estimated 1.22 million units
The GameCube sold 1.2 million units
The PlayStation 2 sold 1.1 million units
The Sega Dreamcast sold 1.8 million units

In comparison to the consoles of this generation, the Xbox 360 is performing dismally. To be fair, Microsoft still hasn't shipped all the consoles to the people who have ordered them, but I don't really consider that a point in their favor. Come on Microsoft, you can do better than this!

In an interview Reggie Fils-Aime commented that the Gamecube sold more units this December than Microsoft did with Xbox 360s. Considering that the Gamecube has had a serious drought of games for most of 2005, that's a pretty insulting statement.
We will see more units than Xbox 360 did here in the United States in our launch window," he predicted. "I mean, in December, we sold more GameCubes in the United States than Microsoft sold 360s, and Revolution will do better than that.


Link (via Joystiq)