Later today, I’ll be interviewing Erik Wolpaw & Chet Faliszek (who have worked on many of Valve’s titles) for my show this Sunday, If you have any questions about the Portal series, or maybe their earlier project, feel free to post them in the comments.
Xbox 360 was the number one console in the U.S. in March 2011, based on console and software sales, as well as ongoing demand for Kinect, the fastest selling consumer electronics device in 60 days.
March NPD highlights include*:
-Xbox 360 sold 433,000 units in March, maintaining the number one console spot in the U.S.
-Xbox 360 console sales were up 28 percent year over year, the largest growth of any current generation console on the market.
-Total retail spend on Xbox 360 platform (hardware, software and accessories) reached $457 million, still the highest among current generation consoles.
-During the month of March, four of the top ten console game titles were for Xbox 360 including: Homefront, Dragon Age II, Crysis 2,and Call of Duty: Black Ops.
We expect this momentum to continue throughout 2011. In the coming months, Xbox 360 owners can look forward to the arrival of Kinect-enabled Hulu Plus, as well as a diverse catalog of new games.
*Source: NPD Group, March 2011
It’s official. Duke is delayed. Now coming June 10th (or the 14th in the US)
Randy Pitchford made the announcement today via a pretty funny video.
See you in June Duke!
The November NPD’s are out for North America, and I’ve got some Xbox related news to share with you:
- November marks the sixth consecutive month Xbox 360 leads video game consoles in sales, with 1.37 million units sold. (Source: NPD Group, November 2010)
- Xbox 360 is the only console to show double digit year-to-date growth at 42%, making it the fastest-growing console in 2010. (Source: NPD Group, November 2010)
- 50% of spending at retail this November (for current generation consoles) was on the Xbox 360 platform. (Source: NPD Group, November 2010)
- During the month of November, four of the top ten console game titles were for Xbox 360 including: Call of Duty: Black Ops, Fable III, Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, and Halo: Reach. (Source: NPD Group, November 2010)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops for Xbox 360 was the number one selling console game in November. (Source: NPD Group, November 2010)
January 2009 saw the most members join LIVE than in any previous month since the service launched in November 2002. Currently more than 17–million people are now connected over LIVE. In addition, the January NPD numbers also reveal that Xbox 360 sales were up 33 % from last year. Some other PR factoids for you to digest:
- More than 1 million Xbox LIVE members now enjoying Netflix’s streaming video service
- Each household has watched an average of 16 movies over the service
- Xbox 360 is the only place to get the complete storylines for hit games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Fallout 3
- Fable II Knothole Island and Fallout 3 Operation: Anchorage were two of the top performers for game add-ons in the month of January
Edit: Here is a link to the official press release
If you are in the Seattle area and looking for something to do this Saturday night, how about heading down to Video Games Live? The show, where video game music is performed with a live orchestra and choir, is in town this Saturday, January 24th. And as a bonus, they’re going to premiere music from Halo 3: ODST, and Gabe and Tycho will be there as well. Many area industry members will be there, so it may be a good chance to rub elbows with the people whose work you have enjoyed over the years.
Not in Seattle but still want to see the show? They’re on tour, so they may be coming to your area later this year.
See you Saturday night.