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Xbox 360: 30M Sold, Boasts 20M Live Members

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.

  • Zoonie
    "30M Sold, Boasts 20M Live Members"
    That's 10M consoles sold to people who RROD'd after warranty time ;P

  • foxyg
    Good for MS, Xbox 360 is a wonderful gaming console.
  • lots of fun with xbox360... but... lots of heat & defects...
    BUT STILL DESKTOP COMPUTER >>>>> xbox360+PS3+wii
  • I use my 360 to watch dvd's as It does a great job upconverting to my HDTV along with being a great gaming machine, Thank you MS
  • belardo
    And how MANY Xbox 360 owners have bought 2-3 replacement units? Notice how many used ones are for sale?

    First MS claims the 360 is a PURE console and PS3 sucks.

    Now its an entertainment center? Wait, lets see the 360 play a standard HD 1080p Blu-Ray movie? Wait, oh yeah - you can't! You have to depend on 720p temp storage video rentals. Or pay almost as much for DL movie as a blue-ray movie... without the extras.

    MS really needs to make a version that looks and cools better as well as play blue-Ray discs.
  • computabug
    I didn't buy one and never will buy a game console (or Windows copy for that matter) from MS ever again... did some research and found that they shrunk the hsf to accomodate a psu that wouldn't fit in the tiny fancy case or something... they coulda made the case bigger instead of causing Red Ring!

    And how about this: Windows takes up a thread to check if your copy is legit every 5 seconds. That's a waste of performance lol. Linux>Win forever :D
  • computabug
    Yea and screw the stupid companies that produce Windows software (such as games) and not Linux software. I don't want to use software from those kind of companies anyways, even if it's Crysis. All I need is WINE and HL :)
  • ThisIsMe
    and don't forget to screw the companies that bring you running water and electricity. They are soooo over rated. All we need is a lake or stream or something and a few well placed lightning bolts and the party is on! Why pay for something when you can get the same thing for free. Heh heh heh... LOL!!! .. moron... .

    Why would I want to spend a couple of hours trying to get a game to work with wine when i know it will work with Windows (and Wine's performance is horrible by the way even if you could get it to play a game all the way through). And there is no thread that's checks if Windows is legit every 5 seconds. The WGA utility will randomly pole every 3 to 21 days after a reboot or a check for updates has occured. The checks may continue a few times every minute or so if there is a communication problem or something but that's all.
  • SpadeM
    What happened with going out or playing out doors for fun? It's simple to sit your ass on a couch all day long, but I don't call that entertainment :)
    PS: The 10M that's missing from Live, are probably playing real basketball with real ppl outside.
  • blackened144
    BelardoAnd how MANY Xbox 360 owners have bought 2-3 replacement units?
    Not me.. Or my bro-in-law... Or my roommate... I also know a few people whose 360s died on them.. Of course they were under warranty and were replaced or fixed, so I dont know of anyone who has been forced to buy another one. Except for my friend at work, but he was sloppy with the solder iron trying to hack it.