Microsoft announced today that it sold more than 750,000 Xbox 360 consoles on Black Friday, beating internal expectations and proving that the seven-year-old gaming console still attracts a considerable amount of consumer demand. According to The Verge, the Xbox 360 has been the top-selling gaming console in the United States for 22 consecutive months, a streak that is likely to continue based off these latest sales numbers.
Comparatively, Nintendo announced that it moved over 400,000 units of its new Wii U console during its launch week. It is likely that Nintendo could have sold more Wii U units had it not virtually sold out at retail locations across the United States. Nevertheless, it’s clear that the Xbox 360 remains the most popular console just weeks after smash-hit titles Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launched on the platform.
Furthermore, three month Xbox Live gold membership subscription sales increased 50 percent year-over-year for Black Friday, while over 14 million Xbox Live players worldwide logged an impressive 72 million hours of game time last Sunday alone. Before it loses any momentum, however, Microsoft is set to announce its next-generation Xbox next year in time for the holiday shopping season.