With E3 2012 now less than a week away, Microsoft is jumping ahead and revealing some new sales information on its Xbox 360 game console. In a new post on the official Microsoft blog, the company announced that since its launch in November 2005, the Xbox 360 has sold 67 million consoles worldwide.
Microsoft also announced that it has now sold 19 million units of its Kinect hardware for the Xbox 360, launched in the fall of 2010, and that it now has 40 million subscribers to its Xbox Live service.
The blog post also shows a graph of console sales in the US, with the Xbox 360 increasing in sales even in its seventh year while other consoles have shown drops in sales during the same time period of their lifetimes.
While the Xbox 360 is a game console, Microsoft has been trying to promote it as an overall entertainment device. The blog post states that owners of the Xbox 360 who subscribe to Xbox Live watch and listen to a lot of media on their consoles, stating, "Xbox Live subscribers now spend an average of 84 hours per month on the console. For comparison, the average American watches a little more than 150 hours of TV in the same period."
The blog also talks about expanding Xbox Live to Windows 8, saying:
This year, Xbox becomes the premium entertainment service for Microsoft. Whether on your PC, tablet, TV or phone, Xbox will be a gateway to the best in music and video, your favorite games and instant access to your friends. With the launch of Windows 8, we’ll bring Xbox entertainment to everyone. With Xbox on Windows 8 devices, we rapidly accelerate the reach of Xbox entertainment from more than 60 million people to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
More information on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 360 and Xbox Live plans will be revealed on Monday, June 4th as part of the company's pre-E3 press conference.
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