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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Preliminary: Xbox 360 wins holiday sales battle

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The console sales horse race is more of a marathon than a sprint, but a Register report shows Microsoft edging out the competition in the all important holiday season. The report quotes preliminary NPD numbers mentioned on CNBC to show that Microsoft sold about 2 million Xbox 360s from Nov. 1 through Christmas day, beating out the Wii's estimated 1.8 million in sales. Sony lagged behind with an estim ated 750,000 consoles sold through over the two months.

A look at last month's numbers and some quick math shows that all three console makers picked up considerable steam going into Christmas, selling two-to-three times as many system in December as in November. The healthy numbers are also encouraging in light of last December's year-on-year decline in the game market as a whole.

More will become clear when the final NPD numbers are released later this month, but as it stands now it looks like a relatively un-merry Christmas for Sony.

[Thanks Tom Stone]
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