Microsoft: "Unprecedented Demand" For New Xbox 360

Microsoft has claimed that there is huge demand for its new Xbox 360 slim games console, Industry Gamers reports.

The statement follows the NPD monthly results, which showed that the company had managed to sell only 195,000 units in the month of May.

Microsoft said that it was receiving excellent feedback from retailers, who have said that the console was experiencing "unprecedented demand".

The Redmond-based company said that the rise in Xbox 360 sales was due to the increased demand for the new Xbox 360 250GB version and $50 price cuts on the Xbox 360 Arcade and Elite models.

Microsoft said: "Strong demand for the new Xbox 360 250GB combined with a $50 price reduction in the U.S. on the Xbox 360 Arcade and Elite consoles, now US$149.99 and US$249.99 respectively, has resulted in a significant sales spike for Xbox 360 since the new console hit shelves on or around 14 June."

The report published by NPD had shown a 4 per cent rise in software sales for the month of May but also noted that the gaming industry had fallen by 5 per cent over all.