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July NPD: One of those 'not so good' months for MS

Disappointing news, fellow fanboys. The July NPD video game sales numbers were just released and, sadly, the Xbox 360 didn't live up to analysts' sales predictions, coming in third behind the Wii and PS3 in terms of console sales. Tear.

As expected, Nintendo took home the Olympic console sales gold medal for the month of July, selling a whopping 555,000 Wii consoles AND 608,400 DS handhelds. As far as the Sony / Microsoft console sales rivalry goes, Sony surprised everyone by edging out the Xbox 360, moving some 224,900 consoles compared to the 360's 204,800. Not good news for team Microsoft. But on the bright side, the 360's software sales were quite strong with a 360 game leading July's software sales (NCAA Football 09) and three 360 titles landing in on the top ten. And that's good ... right? Right? Complete list of July's depressing hardware and software sales posted after the break. Please, try not to cry.

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Rumor: Microsoft has Wii-mote copycat coming

MTV News recently posted an interesting piece of gossip concerning Microsoft's possible answer to Wii-mote. According to an anonymous developer, Microsoft has had this project in the wings since summer 2007 and hopes to have it out before the end of the year. Believe it or not it's rumored that of all companies, Rare has been working on it. Rare is a games software company, so why they'd be tasked with making hardware is beyond us, but it would answer some lingering questions ...

Rare's The Fast and The Furriest for XBLA is going to use the Vision Cam, and the "X-mote" is rumored to use the Vision Cam. Rare is also hard at work on another 360 project that is as-of-yet unrevealed, and is supposed to hit before the year is out. Combined with the fact that Microsoft is already rumored to be working a motion-sensing controller, and the fact that they don't seem too concerned with with the second half of 2008 make us think that this could be plausible.

But does plausible mean desirable? Read on ...

[Via N4G]

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GDC08: Xbox 360 hardware sales reach 18 million

In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft's John Schappert sat down to discuss all things Xbox 360, mentioned that (to date) Xbox 360 hardware sales have eclipsed the 18 million unit mark. Not bad, but not amazing. January was the last time we were officially updated on units sold, when Microsoft announced that 360 worldwide sales hit the 17.7 million console mark. So, 18 million units by the end of February seems to fall in line with the 360's sales trend. Microsoft will have to be on their game in 2008, because warding off the RROD, dealing with the Wii's increasing North American sales and defending against a tricky PS3 who's gunning for second place will take some effort. Then again, who's really worried? We have GoW2, Fable 2, Halo Wars and a stellar XBLA lineup to ignite sales.

January NPDs put PS3 in front of the 360

Well, well, well. If it isn't the lowly PS3 finally making a move in January and actually beating the Xbox 360 in terms of number of units sold in North America. Yes sir, you can color us NPD shocked and impressed.

According to the just released January NPD sales numbers, the Xbox 360 has come in a disappointing third place in the console wars, only managing to sell 230,000 consoles while the PS3 moved 269,000 and the Wii sold 274,000. But before you storm the streets in a fit of rage, know that there is some sort of explanation for the third place outing ... there wasn't enough stock. You see, according to Microsoft, they haven't been able to replenish the retail channels quick enough post holidays, resulting in less Xbox 360s on shelves and less 360s available to consumers. So, if that theory makes you sleep better at night, then go with that and know Microsoft is producing 360s as fast as possible and should regain its sales lead over the PS3 come February NPD. Hopefully.

We also wanted to mention that not only has Call of Duty 4 claimed the number one sales spot selling another 330,900 copies in January, but Rock Band made its top ten NPD sales debut too. You can review the rather gloomy NPD ranks and numbers after the break, though we advise keeping one thing in mind. It was lack of stock at retail ... lack of stock at retail ...

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Wireless 360 controller tops battery life test

According to a feature from the folks at GamePro, Xbox 360 owners can expect more gaming bang for their battery-life buck. Multiple tests on the Xbox 360 wireless controller, SIXAXIS and Wii Remote were conducted to see which one would last the longest. Scraping the bottom of the battery-life barrel was the PlayStation 3 SIXAXIS which only held out for 18 hours and 41 minutes; mainly due to the lack of auto-off functionality. Second place went to the Nintendo Wii remote, doubling Sony's time at 36 hours and 43 minutes. Xbox 360's wireless remote topped the list at 56 hours and 56 minutes. While the article states that the Xbox 360 dashboard battery indicator isn't as accurate as the PS3 or Wii, a single-day charge and play session always lasted longer on Xbox 360. In case you were wondering, the irony that anything associated with the Xbox 360 won a reliability test was lost on no one.

[Thanks, marklar. Via Ars Technica]

NPD: 360 sells 1.26 million and H3 is king of '07

We can finally put the guessing and speculation to rest, because the US's December NPD video game sales are here! Let's jump in head first without a helmet.

The Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million consoles (wowzaz!) in December, barely trailing the Wii's 1.35 million, but completely dominating the PS3's 797.6K. But that isn't all friends, because the December NPD brings the added benefit of recapping what 2007's total sales were as well. And in 2007, the Xbox 360 made us proud selling 4.62 million consoles, with the Wii selling 6.29 million and the PS3 only managing to move 2.56 million. It should also be noted that the 360 leads in lifetime sales with 9.15 million units. Just saying.

Onto the software side of things, last December Call of Duty 4 on the 360 took the number one spot with 1.47 million copies, while Assassin's fell into number five (893.7K), Halo 3 at number six (742.7K) and GHIII at number nine (624.6K). Sorry kids, no Rock Band. And we're very proud to say that Halo 3 is the number one selling game of all platforms in 2007, moving a respectable 4.82 million copies, just edging out Wii Play's 4.12 million.

Our heads hurt, so feel free to click towards the break and look over the complete listings of December and 2007's hardware and software sales in list form. Remember, numbers are fun!

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360 Black Friday sales rival Wii, double PS3

Black Friday console sales brought in the big bucks for all three major players who all benefited from the crazy shopping madness. But one (or we guess two) stood out among the rest and sold its metaphorical bum off all week long.

Early reports coming from the Microsoft camp are telling us that the week of Black Friday, Xbox 360 hardware sales hovered around 310,000 units. And if the reports are accurate, those 310,000 units in one week would nearly equal all of last month's sales combined. Bravo Xbox 360, we know we spotted you in numerous shopping carts when we were out and about last Friday. It also should be known that the Nintendo Wii also shared similiar Black Friday sales moving an estimated 350,000 units, but the PS3 didn't do as well. Microsoft is claiming that their Xbox 360 sales doubled that of the PS3's (ouch!) during the same seven day period although those numbers can't be confirmed until NPD numbers are released or until Sony musters up enough courage to release their own estimates. But we don't need to mud sling, because 360 sales are just dandy fine and we've got hot chocolate to drink. Life is good.

[Thanks, Iliad Force]

360 predicted to outsell PS3 2 to 1 this holiday

Using the super factual NPD software sales numbers, various market indicators and a pinch of black magic, the analysts over at simExchange released their predictions for the holiday video game hardware sales. And 360 sales are predicted to be fantastic.

SimExchange is estimating that, from now through the end of the year, Xbox 360 hardware sales will double that of the Playstation 3, moving 2 million consoles compared to the PS3's 1 million. And those estimates even take into account the PS3's recent price drop. W00t! But the holidays won't be completely Xbox green this year, because the Wii juggernaut is expected to take home the blue ribbon with sales estimates hovering around the 3 million mark. But if you're a firm believer of the "next-gen" war being between the Xbox 360 and PS3 then you can safely claim victory ... or at least claim analyst numbers victory.

360 demand catches up with Wii

Compete is reporting that during the month of August demand for the Xbox 360 caught up with demand for Nintendo's wunderkind, the Wii. Now, before you all start shouting that the Wii handily outsold the Xbox 360 in August, let's define the word "demand." According to Compete, which analyzes internet traffic patterns, demand is equivalent to "people shopping consoles at SKU level pages." From what we can tell, that means the number of people that could conceivably press "Add to Cart" and find themselves the happy owner of a new console. According to Compete, the Wii saw a decline in demand during the month of August, whereas the Xbox 360 saw a marked increase. These two changes caused the demand for both consoles to rest at just under 600,000 shoppers each. Of course, what's interesting isn't so much that the demand is equal, but that demand for the 360 is rising. Whether or not this represents a longterm trend, we'll have to wait and see. Then again, given the impending release of Halo 3, we're willing to bet that the 360 demand will increase again in September.

[Via Evil Avatar]

Molyneux says Live "more impactful" than Wii remote

In a recent interview, Peter Molyneux stated that he believed Xbox Live will be "far more impactful" to video gaming than the Wii remote in the long term. As Xbox 360 Fanboys, we can certainly understand his sentiments, though current sales numbers might suggest otherwise. Still, it raises an interesting question. Both the Wii remote and Xbox Live have changed console gaming as we know it. Sure, there have been motion controls before, and there have been online games on consoles, but the Wii remote and Xbox Live represent the most successful iterations of both concepts. The question then is which will have the most impact on the industry, input or networking? Motion controls may bring more gamers into the fold with intuitive input, but networking brings those gamers together with online play and downloadable goodies.

Our instinct tells us the end result will be combining the two (Xbox ThWii-Sixty?) but, for the sake of discussion, why not share your thoughts on the importance of motion controls versus social networking in gaming.

[Via Joystiq]

We don't hate this Wii song parody

Sarcastic Gamer is up to their usual antics and released the song parody of Eminem's "Hi! My Name Is" entitled "I Hate This Wii". Yes, we find it hilarious and think you shall download it for a good laugh too. But before a flame war surfaces and the whole state of California goes up in flames we should say this; We've previously mentioned Sarcastic Gamer's "The Ring of Fire" song which makes fun of the Xbox 360, their "No Frickin' Games" song mocking the PS3 and even a parody of Microsoft's Surface. So, it's only right that the Nintendo Wii get its feelings hurt a little too. Come on guys, fanboys can laugh at eachother especially when it's in musical form and the production is this top notch. Ahh screw it, flame away!

[Thanks, COV3RT SN1P3R]

Keys to Xbox 360 world domination

Here's a question for you. What do you think Microsoft should do to guarantee that the Xbox 360 will remain king among the video game industry? It's an interesting question and the guys over at GameDaily BIZ aren't afraid to express their opinions. In summary, GameDaily BIZ thinks Microsoft needs to cut the 360's price before the holidays, beating Sony to a possible PS3 price cut, and maybe stealing some of the Wii's "cheap console" thunder. They also feel Microsoft should make Xbox Live free, get more exclusives, and that they should consider making a special Halo 3 Xbox 360 bundle. You know, because Halo 3 is kick-butt.

All their ideas are pretty good and would nearly guarantee more console sales, but would they be beneficial from a business perspective? You know, the whole cost versus return thing. Well, we aren't sure if there is a right or wrong answer to what Microsoft should be doing, but we'd love to hear your ideas. So, we ask you again. What do you think Microsoft should be doing to guarantee a next gen console win?

Man wins 360 from Stacker machine

Making the internet rounds the other day was a video posted by our little brother site Nintendo Wii Fanboy. They posted a video of a group of kids winning a Nintendo Wii (the grand prize) at local mall's Stacker game. Not only were we impressed by the amount of vulgarities coming out of their mouths, but how crazy lucky they were.

But our grand prize of choice from a Stacker machine would have to be an Xbox 360, so where's the cool video showing an excitable group of kids winning a 360? With a goal in mind, we YouTubed all night and finally stumbled upon the video above. For your viewing pleasure, this is the X3F version of winning a grand prize from a Stacker machine, minus all those cool f bombs and such. Enjoy the Stacker video fun whether it be winning a Wii or a 360, we're all friends around these parts.

Crackdown leads game sales in February [update 1]

GameDaily BIZ posted the just released February NPD sales numbers which show that Xbox 360 software is selling quite nicely. Overall, things are looking bright for video games as the industry is up 66% over last year with hardware and software sales on the rise. Crackdown led the month's sales moving 427K units, with other 360 titles like Gears of War and Lost Planet in the top ten. The Xbox 360 is also moving a fair amount of consoles beating out an under-performing PS3, 295K units to 228K 228K units to 127K.

It's great to see our little boy Crackdown succeed in February and four other Xbox 360 games place in the top ten. Though, we wonder, with the Nintendo Wii selling so well (485K 335K units) does Microsoft have to shift its focus away from Sony and watch Nintendo to protect its next gen lead? Only time will tell, but we're confident that our white box can fend for itself simply by the games that will be released for it in 2007. A full list of NPD's February sales rankings for hardware and software is after the break.

Update 1: Fixified the comparison numbers between the 360 and PS3 ... and the Wii. Math is hard.

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Video: Wii remote working on 360?

While we were busy speculating about Wii style motion controls on the Xbox 360, waruwaru was busy making it happen. As you can see in the above video, waruwaru has rigged up an XNA demo using the Wii remote, a project he has dubbed Waru360. Due to some limitations in the current build of XNA, there is a very noticeable lag in the control output. According to the demo's creator, the program can read input from the remote approximately 5 times per second, which results in the lag apparent in the video. Skeptics that we are, we must point out that the video could be fake, but overall it looks like the real deal. It looks like the 360 is getting motion controls whether Microsoft does it or not. Of course, it won't be the first time that's happened. Waruwaru promises that more is coming, we'll be sure to keep an eye on it.

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