With E3 around the corner, Microsoft decided to build up some momentum via Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb with rather impressive numbers regarding the Xbox 360, especially considering the console has now been out for quite a few years.
The lifespan of a console is not eternal by any means and by default, the system’s sales start to decline after a few years out on the market. However, according to Hryb, the Xbox 360 has now reached 55 million sold units worldwide, and sales only seem to be accelerating rather than slowing down. According to data from the NPD Group, Microsoft’s console is still gaining territory in the US on a monthly basis, maintaining its lead over Sony’s PlayStation 3. While the PSN hacking could be a reason for people switching consoles, it’s more likely the Kinect and an always-improving online service had something to do with numbers spiking; 35 million active Xbox Live accounts have been spending an average of 60 hours online monthly, suggesting Microsoft would have no reason to rush into the next generation of consoles just yet.
It was also mentioned by Hryb that more announcements would be made come E3, so stay tuned for those.