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'Halo: Reach' sales hit $ 200 mn on day one

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Last Updated: September 16, 2010, 11:57 IST

'Halo: Reach' sales hit $ 200 mn on day one

Microsoft said that its new videogame 'Halo: Reach' had racked up $ 200 million in sales on its launch day.

Tokyo: Microsoft said on Thursday that its new videogame Halo: Reach had racked up $ 200 million in sales on its launch day, boding well for the November debut of the Xbox 360 console maker's new gaming system.

Halo: Reach is the latest version of the blockbuster Halo game series and went on sale this week. The franchise has sold more than 34 million copies in the nine years since its debut, boosting the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox console.

"That's more than any game, any movie, any entertainment experience that was launched in 2010," Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, told the audience at the Tokyo Game Show about the Halo: Reach debut.

He added that the Halo: Reach launch had also helped lure millions of gamers to Microsoft's online game system Xbox Live.

The Halo series has grossed nearly $ 2 billion in sales over its lifetime. The game is made by Bungie and Microsoft owns the rights to the franchise.

The basic version of the game costs $ 60, with special editions priced at $ 80 and $ 250. Microsoft is also selling a special Xbox console plus the new version of the game for $ 400. An Xbox normally costs $ 200 or $ 300 depending on memory size.

Microsoft and its archrivals Nintendo and Sony Corp are looking to reinvigorate the $ 60 billion game industry that has seen dwindling console sales. US gaming sales in August hit their lowest in four years.

Microsoft will begin selling its "Kinect" full-body motion-sensing game system from Nov. 4, while Sony launched its "Move" motion-controlled gaming system on Sept. 15.

Nintendo will sell a new version of its DS handheld device that can play games and show movies in 3D without glasses sometime before March 2011.
first published:September 16, 2010, 11:57 IST
last updated:September 16, 2010, 11:57 IST