Microsoft's Xbox 360 tops console competitors in May

Microsoft's Xbox 360 continued its reign at the top of the list for bestselling gaming consoles, with an ever-so-slight increase in sales.

Microsoft's Xbox 360 continued its reign at the top of the list for bestselling gaming consoles, with an ever-so-slight increase in sales.

That would be a one percent increase, which isn't much but it could be construed that way when the competitors saw only a decrease.

Microsoft affirmed ahead of E3 2011 earlier this month that an estimated 55 million Xbox 360 units had been sold since the gadget was first introduced in 2005.

And fortunately for Microsoft, the sales keep coming. NPD Group estimates that approximately 270,000 Xbox 360 units were sold during the month of May, bringing the console's lead streak to a total of five months running. That also makes the Xbox 360 the most sold console for the last 11 out of 12 months.

It's likely that Xbox will stay on top for months to come. Microsoft is the only gaming brand to release an updated console of sorts. Sure, the Kinect isn't a standalone console and the Xbox 360 isn't new itself, but together they bring a whole new package to the table.

We likely won't see much of an upheaval in this arena until the Nintendo Wii U hits shelves next year, and maybe if we see a Sony PlayStation 4 in the next two years. (After all, Sony hasn't helped itself much year with all the PlayStation news as of late.)

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