Year-over-year growth jumps as Xbox 360 console sales hit 30 million globally and Xbox LIVE community reaches 20 million users.
Microsoft sent out a press release announcing that sales of Xbox 360 consoles have passed the 30 million mark globally, with its Xbox Live community swelling to more than 20 million active members.
Sony hit the 20 million mark ahead of Microsoft, though the numbers for the Xbox Live community counts only active members and not simply those who have registered for an account.
Microsoft also shared a few other positive statistics in its announcement. The company said that the Xbox 360 achieved the highest percentage growth in hardware sales of any console so far in 2009, up 28 percent over the previous year.
Other interesting facts include Xbox users having downloaded nearly 1 billion pieces of content from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The Xbox 360 also continues its lead as having the strongest tie-ratio of any current generation console with consumers owning an average of 8.3 titles each.
"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 Mattrick, 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."
Microsoft will be holding its E3 press briefing on June 1.