2009 Looking Good for Microsoft, Xbox 360

By Jason Wadsworth


Microsoft is wasting no time it tooting its horn about a strong start in 2009, and the company has released some impressive numbers to accompany that horn.

According to the software giant, worldwide sales of the Xbox 360 have surpassed 30 million units with a 28 percent year over year increase in sales during the first part of this year. For those of you who start to nod off when sales numbers are being discussed, we’ve sifted through all the PR spin to give you a quick look at the stats Microsoft announced today. Hit the jump to take a look.

Some interesting statistics from Microsoft:

  • Xbox LIVE has 20 million active users
  • Since it’s release, U.S. consumers have spent $14.5 billion on the Xbox 360 and related products
  • Consumers have spent $5.9 billion in U.S. retail on third-party Xbox 360  titles
  • Xbox 360 owners own an average of 8.3 games
  • Microsoft projects that by year’s end Xbox LIVE subscriptions will eclipse subscriptions to the largest cable provider

Microsoft’s Don Mattrick also gives a quick tease to some E3 announcements:

“We’ve always been confident that Xbox 360 offers more entertainment value than any other console on the market, and these latest numbers show that consumers agree,” said Don, senior vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “We expect our growth to continue to accelerate. Our news at E3 next week will underscore our commitment to bringing blockbuster entertainment experiences to everyone and to growing the Xbox entertainment brand globally.”

Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what they have up their sleeve.

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