Xbox 360 hits 10m sales milestone
Dubai, November 14, 2009
Xbox 360, a premier video game and entertainment system, said it has achieved a console sales milestone by selling its Xbox units to 10 million consumers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in just four years.
Reaching the landmark number has meant that Xbox 360 is the only console to achieve year-on-year growth across the region this year, said a top official.
“Xbox 360 continues to pull ahead of the competition when it comes to delivering on a complete home entertainment experience and we think that Xbox Live currently is about 12 to 18 months ahead of its main rival Playstation Network when it comes to offering service and content beyond traditional games,” said Martin Olausson, director of Digital Media Research at Strategy Analytics.
“By introducing innovative new services and content such as Natal, instant streaming of full 1080P HD video, and integrating social media features such as Twitter and Facebook, Xbox will likely attract a wider audience than its rivals and is in a great position to maximize sales in the next few years,” he noted.
2009 has been a pivotal year in Xbox’s journey from its gaming origins to now changing the way people consume and share entertainment content, interact with each other online and continue to play great games.
It’s a change that people are embracing; there are more than 20 million Xbox LIVE active members worldwide and there have been over 1 billion downloads of gaming and entertainment content, with movie downloads doubling in the last year alone.
"Customers in the UAE have been known to be early adopters of technology and Xbox 360 has been in an unique position to deliver the connected entertainment experience to the discerning consumer," said Armagan Demir, head of Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division Middle East.
"The vision for Xbox 360 and the reality for 10 million Xbox owners in EMEA is the reinventing of entertainment through, play, watch, connect and share," he added.-TradeArabia News Service