Xbox 360 enjoys sales spike in Halo release week

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The release of Halo 3 has had a dramatic impact on sales of Xbox 360 hardware, doubling the previous week's sales to the highest level of 2007.

According to ChartTrack, the system even managed to outsell Nintendo's Wii for the first time in 26 weeks – a full half year.

Some 68 per cent of Xbox 360 software sales in the week were of Halo 3.

The release pushed overall software sales of Microsoft's format to its highest sales week ever – comfortably beating the previous best of week 51, 2006.