Microsoft just announced that their Xbox 360 console has seen more growth in 2009 than any other console. Since January, 360 sales have increased by an astonishing 28%. More than 30 million 360's have been sold worldwide, and that number is only expected to increase. Hardware sales aren't the only area Microsoft is cleaning up in; their Xbox LIVE community now numbers over 20 million.
Xbox LIVE has grown 136% since November, and it's rapidly becoming one of the largest entertainment providers out there. Right now, LIVE is larger than any satellite TV provider, and they expect to outgrow the world's largest cable provider before 2010. Things are going very well for Team Xbox. So what does that mean for you?
Bitchin' new games, of course. Microsoft isn't about to rest on their laurels, and we've got a whole slew of E3 offerings (including a sweet motion sensor) to look forward to.
"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." said Don Mattrick, senior VP of Interactive Entertainment Business for Microsoft.
The comment about upcoming 'blockbuster entertainment experiences' makes me think of the Zune HD. Microsoft wants some of the iPod Touches sweet, sweet market share. To do that, the HD is going to need to be a combination Xbox/Zune/High Def media player. Expect to hear a lot more about Microsoft's plans for Zune gaming at E3.
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