Trivia Tuesday: Microsoft's super-successful Xbox 360

By on March 13, 2012, 2:00 PM

Alongside their Windows operating system, one of Microsoft’s most successful ventures has been into the game space: first with the Xbox and then with the ever popular Xbox 360. Neowin has posted another of its Trivia Tuesday features with facts and statistics this week relating to the Xbox 360 console.


XBOX 360 and 360s side by side.

Reminder: The Xbox 360 was first released on November 16, 2005 in North America, with other regions seeing launches in the months following. The updated Xbox 360 S was available from June 18, 2010.

66 million Xbox 360 units have been sold worldwide as of early 2012. This is backed up by 18 million sales of the Kinect motion controller peripheral.

$21 billion is the approximate revenue Microsoft has made from the Xbox 360 since launch on console hardware alone. This is based on an average console price of US$320 across the lifetime of the system.

887 games are available or upcoming for the Xbox 360 according to this Wikipedia list. Of the 887 games, 129 of them are exclusive to the Xbox 360; this means that 14.5% of all Xbox 360 games are exclusives. In comparison, the PS3 has only 746 games according to a similar list.

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mishmosh said:

If their gaming division has been so successful, tell us how much money they have made since the debut of the xbox360.

Guest said:

The 360 is great for use as a Media center extender as well.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Exactly, sales and revenue are one thing.

Profit is a whole other thing, especially when the consoles are sold at a loss and ontop of that you have a whopping 23.7% failure rate!

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The best part of the article: "The Xenos GPU in the Xbox 360, designed by ATI/AMD, is capable of a reported 240 GFLOPS. This is equivalent to 2006's ATI Radeon X1900 XTX high-end GPU and is currently equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD 6450. The current generation high-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 is approximately 15 times more powerful."

Regarding profit, if I'm not mistaken the 360 started turning a profit in the beginning of 2008 thanks in large part to Halo 3 coming out in fall 2007.

Guest said:

The best part of the article: "The Xenos GPU in the Xbox 360, designed by ATI/AMD, is capable of a reported 240 GFLOPS. This is equivalent to 2006's ATI Radeon X1900 XTX high-end GPU and is currently equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD 6450. The current generation high-end AMD Radeon HD 7970 is approximately 15 times more powerful."

^^^ That's the saddest part actually.

How much better do PC games look than Xbox360 or PS3 exclusives? Maybe 50% better.

As a PC gamer, I am yet to find any games that look significantly better than almost 5 year old Crysis. Sure Metro 2033 and BF3 are contenders. Witcher 2 is there. The list is getting narrow right after that.

Also, the texture quality in BF3 is appalling. Given the 10-15x GPU speed we have in HD6970/GTX580/HD7970, all this shows is that directly coding to the hardware without an API overhead overcomes 10x the GPU power deficiency.

Finally, while we can crank 2560x1600 on the PC, PC games hardly look better with resolution scaling since the physics, and overall graphics effects don't improve with higher resolution. It slightly enhances the textures/clarity. Given that PC is so far more advanced, it's remarkable how little of a lead PC has over consoles in terms of graphics quality even when you take into account better resolution, proper anti-aliasing, etc.

ElShotte ElShotte said:

That's because as of late 2004, most if not all games became console ports, Crysis probably being one of the last few PC only titles that pushed it to the limits.

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I have no facts,only opinion - Crysis for PC was a financial failure. Or, rather, game companies see no point in wasting money and resources on extra effort, when 7 year old practices churn out bulk games that sell for a ton.

davimous said:

Yes we all know Techspot users hate consoles. We are all aware that PC are miles ahead in all graphical and power aspects. Complain all you want. Console gaming is here to stay.

tonylukac said:

With all the red rings of death (some replaced theirs 3 times), I think they saw little profit from the xbox.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

I can't imagine how inflated this number is due to broken consoles

Guest said:

I think the next xbox will be upgradable with just a replacement of one single card.

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