MS Cracking Out The Bubbly

Microsoft’s fledgling fighter entered the next generation ring way back in late 2005 and, while it’s had its ups and downs, the Xbox 360 appears to have completed its metamorphosis into both the seasoned hardnut of the gaming world and an impressive money-spinner for the big MS.

Microsoft today announced that sales of their console have surpassed 30 million, an incredible milestone, and the apparently helium-filled subscribing LIVE community ballooning and soaring to dizzying heights with a count of 20 million active members. Last year was proclaimed the ‘Year of the Xbox’, with the machine seeing its biggest year to date, but so far in 2009, the 360’s sales have swelled a massive 28% over last year, making it the bearer of the fastest growing hardware sales.

While not directly affecting Xbox 360 users, this may come as further reassurance for their console choice and will add a few extra metres to the deep, deep pockets of Microsoft, hopefully encouraging them to delve that little bit deeper and invest some dollar in some features for European Xbox-ers.

Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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