With the Xbox One set to hit retailers in a matter of months, latest figures have revealed the soon to be superseded Xbox 360 has overtaken Nintendo’s Wii to become the UK’s most popular games console.
Continuing to outsell its PS3 and original Wii themed rivals, figures collated by GfK Chart-Track have revealed that with a hefty 8.4 million Xbox 360 consoles now doing the rounds in the UK alone, Microsoft’s aging gamer is the most popular of the current-generation of devices.
Although having overtaken the Nintendo Wii to take top gaming hardware honours in the UK, the Xbox 360 is not yet the nation’s most popular console ever. The PS2 sold a reported 10 million units during its days.
“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," Harvey Eagle, Microsoft’s Director of Xbox and Entertainment said speaking with MCV.
While an Xbox One release date has been confirmed for this November, Microsoft has been keen to stress that the Xbox 360 still has a lot of life in its legs and will be continue to be supported for a number of years to come. Officially unveiled alongside the next-gen Xbox One, Microsoft has even gone as far as to launch a new Xbox 360 console to fit in with the design principles of its replacement.
"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,” Eagle stated. “You’ll see great exclusive content coming not only to Xbox 360, but also to Xbox One later this year.”
Although the likes of the Xbox One and PS4 are the talk of the gaming community, a number of developers have already stressed their intentions to continue supporting the likes of the Xbox 360 for some time yet. EA announced earlier this year that it would support the current Xbox until at least 2017, adding another four years to the console’s life.
“EA will continue to publish games for current-generation consoles through at least 2017,” Blake Jorgensen, EA CFO announced in a recent interview.
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