The Xbox 360 has reached 66 million units sold worldwide plus 18 million Kinect sensors. That represents a growth of nearly 10 million consoles over the holiday season while the Kinect essentially doubled its install base year-over-year. On Tuesday, the Xbox celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Strictly speaking, this is the anniversary of the brand rather than the product the Xbox itself having been superseded by the Xbox 360 in 2005. This is pretty good going, though, and the 360 is still going strong as a platform.
In addition to the sales stats, Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer said that there are more than 40 million Xbox LIVE users. This is probably due in no small part to the video and music entertainment options that are continually added to the service.
The Xbox is a sixth-generation video game console manufactured by Microsoft. It was released on November 15, 2001 in North America, February 22, 2002 in Japan, and March 14, 2002 in Australia and Europe. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market, and competed with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube. The integrated Xbox Live service launched in November 2002 allowed players to play games online
Microsoft used its CES keynote to not only talk about some of its upcoming products like Windows 8 along with new phones and tablets but also to tout some of the sales statistics for the Xbox 360 and Kinect.
Microsoft also released a video on Monday featuring some of the highlights from 2011 along with the sales statistics.