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The Xbox 360 is the best-selling home games console in the UK – or at least it will be in a few days – GfK Chart-Track has told MCV.

8.4 million Xbox 360s have now been sold across the UK since it launched eight years ago, and continues to outsell rival platforms.

"This is an historic milestone and our sincere thanks goes to each and every person that has bought and enjoyed Xbox 360 over the past eight years," Director of Xbox and entertainment Harvey Eagle told MCV.

"As you saw at E3 earlier this month, we announced a new Xbox 360 form factor and we are committed to ensuring Xbox 360 remains the best place to play games, connect with friends and enjoy your entertainment. You'll see great exclusive content coming not only to Xbox 360, but also to Xbox One later this year."

Xbox 360's successor, Xbox One, is due to launch this November. Analysis

The Xbox 360 has quite a way left to go if it is to overtake the 10 million figure set by the PS2, but a few more years and an affordable price could see it happen.

Let's not forget that at least 50 per cent* of these Xbox 360 sales are from people replacing their broken consoles, #amirite?

*This statistic is totally fabricated.

Source: MCV

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BrySkye@ CheekyLee

Everyone has either bought a 2nd-hand Wii or sold one on.
Well I didn't. :P Bought one new at launch and still have it.
I did buy a 2nd brand new one for my parents as a gift, but it wasn't a replacement.

2nd hand consoles or re-sales don't factor into sales numbers though.
If they did, the number of Wii's sold would only increase from what is stated.

The point is, if one person buys multiple brand new consoles, each one counts as an individual sale.

While many people bought more than one new Xbox 360, considerably less people bought more than one brand new Wii.
Used examples are not counted, and so irrelevant.
Posted 17:21 on 27 June 2013
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I don't actually know how many I have bought, thinking about it. It's either 3 or 4, and Josh has had at least 2. But, it's irrelevant, because all that matters is it has sold that many. If we are taking resales into account, then that Wii figure has to change as well. Everyone has either bought a 2nd-hand Wii or sold one on.

Besides, we really need to look at software sales to know how good a console has actually done. 30 million copies of Mario Kart Wii are out in the world. I can't imagine too many people bought it twice.
Posted 14:13 on 27 June 2013


Well they've had three bricks out of me over the years, all original models. The second time it happened ON MY BIRTHDAY, after receiving two new games as presents.

I was so enraged that I drove straight to Croydon and bought a new one.

Thank god they sorted all that out for the Slim.
Posted 13:56 on 27 June 2013
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I would of loved microsoft to of built a house out of all the bricked 1st gen consoles. Stick a load of different face plates on them to colour the walls. Remember the face plates I used to like them. I'm sure there was a blue dragon one that I had my eye on.
Posted 13:52 on 27 June 2013


Well according to the retailers, the return rates for console failures was around 35%.
Though of course not everyone takes them back to the store. I got in touch with Microsoft directly for the two failures my original Xenon model suffered.

Ultimately, as educated estimates, failure rates for the Xenon model are probably in the area of 80% to 90%, saying as the problem was down to the fundamental design and manufacture. It's not so much a matter of if, but when.
It's tragic to say, but xenon Xbox 360's that are still functioning properly today, despite regular use, are anomalies.
Zephyr models (original Xbox 360 Elites) fair little better as the initial solution to the problem was simply to cake on thermal paste.

Falcon was a big step up, but while it improved the CPU situation and offered improved cooling, the GPU was still prone to problems because of it's incredibly small window of tolerance.
Failures are probably closer to 30% with this model.

Jasper was when they finally nailed it with a 65nm CPU and GPU combined with the robust cooling measures.
With this model, I firmly believe failure rates finally reached the acceptable industry standards and became a non-issue.
Posted 13:37 on 27 June 2013
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altaranga@ Karlius


I'm still on my first 360, PS3 and Wii. The 360 did get rrod but it was related to the power pack and not the unit itself.
Posted 13:35 on 27 June 2013
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I'm on fouth 360, second PS3, third PS2, third PS1, second Mega drive, but have only ever had one each of the Wii, 3DS, Gamecube, N64, Snes, DS, Gameboy Advance, Gameboy and NES - gotta give credit where credit is due - Nintendo know how to build a machine that lasts. :0)
Posted 13:29 on 27 June 2013
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Karlius@ altaranga

Well I'm on my 4th. Sold my day one console to a friend as needed cash for a holiday who says it's still running strong and never had an issue who'd of thought it and he's the type to knock on my door 7 years on to ask for the money back if it broke. I then bought an elite and knocked it over when on and messed up the HDD so traded it in for a slim. I then traded that slim in for GOW3 console as it cost me £20-£30 which was recouped by selling the game.
Posted 13:16 on 27 June 2013
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altaranga@ Karlius

All jokes aside, it would be an interesting stat. =)
Posted 12:54 on 27 June 2013
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Karlius@ altaranga

I think the NEC would be full at least lol
Posted 12:38 on 27 June 2013


I'm afraid my 'expensive paper-weight' award of this generation would go to my PS3.
While the Wii did indeed go for long periods of inactivity, I did get many hundreds of hours of top rate gaming from 2 Super Mario Galaxy games, 2 Legend of Zelda games, Smash Bros Brawl and Mario Kart (played online a ton with an ex).

The Wii also saved my sanity when I broke my elbow in 2010.
Despite a surgical fix, it was still over a month before I could move my left arm into a suitable controller position.
With Endless Ocean 2, that was released only a day after my accident, I had a game I could still fully play.
Posted 12:31 on 27 June 2013
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altaranga@ Karlius

I wonder how big a room you could fill with all those dead 360 consoles plus the dust said consoles would have accumulated over the years
Posted 12:30 on 27 June 2013
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I bought 3, 1st one RROD'd, went for repair under 3 year warranty, came back and conked out 6 months later. 2nd one RROD'd just outside warranty but it was cheaper to buy new than send it for repair, so I bought my 3rd (250GB slim and a couple of games bundle, freaking bargain) for £150.

I bought my Wii for £70, gave it away a month later to a relative.
Posted 12:18 on 27 June 2013


This is something I always find a little bit amusing about the Xbox 360, in that I wonder how much the sales figures get a little boost from people buying multiple consoles.
See, I ultimately bought 4 Xbox 360's.
The original from late 2006. When that failed for the 2nd time in 2009, just days before Batman Arkham Asylum was released, I went and got a Jasper Arcade model.
That was replaced by the S model when it came out, because I was sure it finally nailed all the problems with the original design. Apart from being quieter, it should enable me to play Xbox 360 games long into the future.
Which in turn was replaced by the limited edition Halo Reach version.
Because it's silver.

I still have the 2 S models, the first one being a backup, all packed up in the Reach edition box.

I bought one Wii. :)

Now I'm a minority in buying that many 360's, no doubt about it.

But I did take a vote on Twitter once and found the majority of people did in fact buy at least a 2nd Xbox 360 console to escape the early models reliability issues.
Posted 11:46 on 27 June 2013
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It's taken them a while but an impressive figure didn't think anyone would of caught the Wii.

I wonder how big a room you could fill if you scraped off all the dust from every forgotten Wii.
Posted 11:36 on 27 June 2013
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