Black Friday was good to the MS console
Even though it's five years old, the Xbox 360 is selling better than ever, at least according to last week's sales numbers.
The news is even more important in the context that the Xbox 360 has been fading over the last year or so. Sales of the console have been tepid, allowing the PS3 - which once was trailing far behind - to nearly catch up with its Microsoft rival.
So for the Xbox 360 to show such momentum right now is a good - and surprising - indication that the console still has staying power.
The week of Black Friday also proved that the Kinect, which Microsoft is using to extend the life of the Xbox 360, is popular as well. More than 750,000 Kinect sensors were sold last week, though that number includes consoles that came bundled with the Kinect. Microsoft did not say how many standalone Kinect cameras were sold.
Nevertheless, it's a definite jolt for Microsoft and the Xbox 360, which will bring even more excitement next week when a sweeping firmware update will add enhancements to the Kinect's voice recognition software and offer users the ability to stream live TV.
In summation, Microsoft says it "expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S."