Microsoft: 24M Kinect sensors and 76M consoles sold, 46M Xbox LIVE members

Microsoft has announced that they have sold 76 million Xbox 360s, 24 million Kinect sensors and that they currently have 46 million Xbox LIVE members – a clear indication of the company's living-room presence. These massive numbers show that the Xbox 360 is far more than a game console and is a media hub for the living room.

Microsoft has done a fantastic job of adopting the Xbox 360 over the life cycle of the device. What was originally a game console has transitioned into Microsoft's premier media hub for the living room. Having sold over 76 million units, Microsoft is clearly well positioned for the next great battle for computing, the living room.

Microsoft has stated that during 2013, the company will be launching more than 40 new voice-controlled, customized TV and entertainment apps for the Xbox platform. This dedication shows that Microsoft knows the importance of the platform in the living room and is working to position itself as the leader of living-room computing. 

The attachement rate for the Kinect is quite impressive considering it launched several years after the launch of the Xbox 360. With the current figures, about 1 in 3 users purchased a Kinect or received a Kinect as part of a bundle with their console.

Source: Microsoft

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If the newer rumor is true and you have full multitasking on the new Xbox then it's a easy choice as a all in one hub. If I can jump between a game, the dash and any apps I have on without having to close or lose anything smoothly then you can take my money now. Toss in a more open 3rd party app store as well and I'm sold.

I don't yet have an xbox, but I so so so will get the new console coming out. I just feel it'll be awesome in the living room. Well, I hope it is. Bearing in mind I'm not in the USA.

Jose_49 said,
Hope they've recovered the 10 billion loss that the XBox brand has generated to them

they have already made that back,and theyre now making over a billion a year,from a console that was released over 7 years ago.

The large number of people paying to use things other devices let you use without extra fees is kind of disappointing. As it means microsoft wont change from blatantly ripping people off with the xbox 3.

LUTZIFER said,
Right on, can't wait to get ripped off (as you stated) by getting the new XBOX,

If you play with an Xbox I can understand using it but to play media only not really; I pay for Netflix I would not pay also MS to use the Xbox to watch movies.

Fritzly said,

If you play with an Xbox I can understand using it but to play media only not really; I pay for Netflix I would not pay also MS to use the Xbox to watch movies.

you're not paying Microsoft just to watch Netflix. Youre paying for a service that includes the ability to watch Netflix. That's like complaining that you have to pay for a windows license so you can watch Netflix. No,you pay for a windows license that includes the ability to watch Netflix among other things.

And if you compared these video apps between xbox360 and ps3,you would find out why Microsoft charges for xbox live. Go look at the apps and come back and tell me what difference you see. The apps on the PS3 suck balls. The xbox ones are a million times better. they look better,they perform better,than quality is top notch. Those are some of the benefits you get when you're paying for such service.

Don't even get me started on the quality of online gaming.

You aren't reading the article with your PR glasses, it says specifically "Xbox Live Members" not "Xbox Live Gold Members", it then makes references to the usage of Xbox Live Gold members, so it's clear they've put both Gold and Silver members together into that number.

vcfan said,

you're not paying Microsoft just to watch Netflix. Youre paying for a service that includes the ability to watch Netflix. That's like complaining that you have to pay for a windows license so you can watch Netflix. No,you pay for a windows license that includes the ability to watch Netflix among other things.

And if you compared these video apps between xbox360 and ps3,you would find out why Microsoft charges for xbox live. Go look at the apps and come back and tell me what difference you see. The apps on the PS3 suck balls. The xbox ones are a million times better. they look better,they perform better,than quality is top notch. Those are some of the benefits you get when you're paying for such service.

Don't even get me started on the quality of online gaming.


Did you read what I stated before starting your rant? I said" if you play"... I do not play games on consoles.
Cogito ergo sum....

Fritzly said,

If you play with an Xbox I can understand using it but to play media only not really; I pay for Netflix I would not pay also MS to use the Xbox to watch movies.

Then go buy a Roku for $80 bucks, and when you use hand gestures or voice commands be really surprised that it doesn't work.

Part of the reason 'Apps' are under the Gold membership is that they use server side services for video hosting and transcoding, and do not have to pay additional fees to Microsoft to provide the service.

On iPad/PS3 and other 'systems' these companies are paying Microsoft for the video transcoding, which is where Apple and Sony are picking up the 'costs' to ensure their product gains access to the content.

Microsoft has built the most reliable and robust game and app services for Xbox and yes you have to pay $5 a month for access to this infrastructure. However, you could just buy an iPad and pay $900 for a device up front and never have to pay for the costs Apple is picking up for you...

Idiots.

thenetavenger said,

Then go buy a Roku for $80 bucks, and when you use hand gestures or voice commands be really surprised that it doesn't work.

Part of the reason 'Apps' are under the Gold membership is that they use server side services for video hosting and transcoding, and do not have to pay additional fees to Microsoft to provide the service.

On iPad/PS3 and other 'systems' these companies are paying Microsoft for the video transcoding, which is where Apple and Sony are picking up the 'costs' to ensure their product gains access to the content.

Microsoft has built the most reliable and robust game and app services for Xbox and yes you have to pay $5 a month for access to this infrastructure. However, you could just buy an iPad and pay $900 for a device up front and never have to pay for the costs Apple is picking up for you...

Idiots.


The minus habens like you and your zealot minions, seem to be unable to understand a simple point: my house is completely domotized and therefore I do not need a "media extender". I stream all my media contents placed on my server to any TV in any room without the need of a Roku, an iPad ( never owned one BTW) or an XBox. I do play games on my PC not a console.

That number of kinects is very impressive. Pretty much a one in every three xbox owners also have a kinect. That is an amazing attach rate for an accessory that was released so long after launch, that costs as much as it does and isn't actually used well in a lot of games.

scorpian007 said,
Awesome, now if only the next Xbox natively supported MKV files, it'd be an even better media hub.

MKV is the preferred container of the media pirate.
Show me one source of legitimate, non-copyright infringing outfit that uses MKV as their primary container format and I might agree with you.

deadonthefloor said,

MKV is the preferred container of the media pirate.
Show me one source of legitimate, non-copyright infringing outfit that uses MKV as their primary container format and I might agree with you.

So by that logic, MP4 or AVI is also a preferred container of the media pirate. Just because it's a popular container at the time, doesn't mean it is always used for piracy.

Personally, I convert my footage that I have, whether it's from FRAPS or a video camera to MKV, it wouldn't matter if I used MP4 for that either.

wixostrix said,
Isn't ripping DVD technically not legal?

I guess it depends where you buy them and where you live; in Europe you can make a back up copy of your media.

scorpian007 said,
Awesome, now if only the next Xbox natively supported MKV files, it'd be an even better media hub.

You mean like the current Xbox does?

Media Center Extender Setup
Install MKV codec on PC that is Media Center connected system

(Depending on codec package, you might have to rename the video to .avi to appear in the library list or work from the 'Play To' option.)

This has worked on Xbox 360 for several years. If MKV was important to you, why have you not come across this in over 5-6 years? Maybe you didn't look, uh?

thenetavenger said,

You mean like the current Xbox does?

Media Center Extender Setup
Install MKV codec on PC that is Media Center connected system

(Depending on codec package, you might have to rename the video to .avi to appear in the library list or work from the 'Play To' option.)

This has worked on Xbox 360 for several years. If MKV was important to you, why have you not come across this in over 5-6 years? Maybe you didn't look, uh?


Add to it that its just a container, using other techniques for video or sound encoding, usually mp4.
I don't get whats the fuz about it so much, its not a video/sound encoding technique on its own. Its basically the same as .avi.

And as an European that cant see numerous shows, but thankfully I can legally obtain them by piracy, its also the only place where I've ever encountered MKV's.

Not sure now but in Windows 7 days, the few MKV codes available, would often bring WMP to a crippling halt. Depending on what encoding was used tho, some ran fine.

thenetavenger said,

This has worked on Xbox 360 for several years. If MKV was important to you, why have you not come across this in over 5-6 years? Maybe you didn't look, uh?

The workaround is very poor and has streaming issues often, and does not support DTS/Dolby Digital properly. So I built a dedicated HTPC with XBMC to overcome this.