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Jan 6, 2009

CLIP: Microsoft says Xbox 360 sales top 28 million to date, Xbox Live hits 17 million members

Microsoft said today that Xbox 360 sales have topped 28 million since the game console launched in 2005, allowing it to claim a solid second-place position in the game industry.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software company also said its Xbox Live player community has now grown to more than 17 million active members, up from 14 million before the holidays. Those members have increased their online spending more than 84 percent from a year ago. Since 2005, Microsoft said more than $1 billion has been spent on Xbox Live, with revenues fueled this season by a new user interface, dubbed The New Xbox Experience.

Microsoft said it has doubled its market share in some key territories. In places such as Japan, that doesn’t mean much since Microsoft’s position there is dead last. But it matters more in areas such as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Sony is in third place with about 17 million consoles sold (pre-holidays).

The sales suggest a strong holiday showing for Microsoft, though it’s still far behind Nintendo’s Wii, which has sold more than 40 million units worldwide by various accounts. It also means that video game sales as a whole have likely held up well despite the economic turmoil. The strong year-end sales of Xbox 360s was probably helped by lower prices and new models, code named Jasper, that are said to be more reliable.

The company said that between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Xbox Live had its busiest week ever with more than 1.4 million concurrent members online. The company said that its new Netflix movie-streaming service on the Xbox 360 was one of the most popular new features.

Popular movies included The Dark Knight, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Iron Man, and Tropic Thunder. Popular arcade games (available for download) included A Kingdom for Keflings, Castle Crashers, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Puzzle Arcade, and Worms. And popular game-related downloads included Rock Band, Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Gears of War 2, and Call of Duty 4.

Microsoft: We're Kicking Sony's Rear In Europe And Middle East, Too (MSFT)

Xbox360Big.jpgMicrosoft (MSFT) is now bragging that the Xbox 360's lead over the Sony (SNE) Playstation is over 8 million units worldwide.

That the Xbox is trouncing the PS3 in the US is an old story by now, but if Microsoft is to be believed, their console is doing better and better overseas as well:

Xbox 360 is experiencing record-setting sales around the globe, particularly in Japan and Europe, nearly doubling market share in these key territories. In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) specifically, Xbox 360 has now sold more than 8 million units, extending its lead over the PS3 by more than 1 million units.

We think this will continue until Sony stops hoping the Blu-ray format will save its platform and instead cuts the PS3's price.

Of course, there's no mention by Microsoft of gaming's 800 pound gorilla, the Nintendo (NTDOY) Wii, which we can only assume continues to run circles around both the Xbox and PS3.


  • iPhone sold 10 million in 1 year. iPod Touch coming on strong. iTablet coming...
  • XBOX sold 28 million in 3 years. Nintendo is 40 million. 
  • Netbooks in low millions. 
  • PC's cracked a billion in use. 
  • Cell phones into mulltiple billions. Smartphones is hundreds of millions.
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1 comment:

  1. I was happy to get a new digital frame and all, but after seing so many of my friends get the xbox, I am slightly jealous. Hopefully I can get my hands on one somehow. They are fun to play.


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