Microsoft says they have sold 67 million of their 360s around the world since its release in November 2005, beating out its closest competition, the PS3, by more than 3 million units. Chief Marketing Officer Yusuf Mehdi posted more information on The Official Microsoft Blog yesterday morning:
Since 2005—when we launched Xbox 360—we have sold 67 million consoles and have generated more than $56 billion at retail, and we’re still going strong in our seventh year. With 47 percent share of the current-generation console market in the U.S., we are hitting our stride largely as a result of the success of Kinect for Xbox 360 (19 million sold worldwide) and the flood of new entertainment options through Xbox LIVE (40 million members worldwide).”
Mehdi also mentions that Xbox Live’s whopping 40 million subscribers spend a monthly average of 84 hours on their beloved consoles. He also generally outlines Microsoft’s vision with Windows 8:
We understand that entertainment has become a multi-screen experience where you and your friends are watching TV, listening to music, and playing games while interacting with your tablets and phones in new ways. We’ve got ideas for making all the entertainment you love more personal, interactive and social across the devices you love—and on the phenomenal Windows 8 devices that are to come.”
They even made a nifty graph to show the upward trend of sales through the years of the 360’s existence compared to that of other consoles current and old.
Congratulations to all the Xboxers out there and to Microsoft itself. Other good news includes, as Menhdi breifly mentioned, Xbox‘s link-up with Windows 8, and even the next Xbox. Busy bees.