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February 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

76 million Xbox 360 units sold, original interactive content to come

Xbox360Kinect.jpgIn the more than seven years since its launch, some 76 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide, and it’s been the top-selling console in the U.S. for 24 consecutive months, Microsoft said today.

And in the slightly more than two years since the Kinect motion- and voice-sensor was launched, it’s sold 24 million units.

Those figures were disclosed by Yusuf Mehdi, a senior vice president in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business and Nancy Tellem, Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media president, at the All Things D: Dive into Media event in Los Angeles Monday, according to Microsoft.

Tellem also disclosed that an Xbox Entertainment Studios, based in L.A., will be creating original interactive content as well as overseeing interactive live events, like the streaming of the Grammy Awards.

Other interesting items:

 

    • Microsoft says there are now 46 million Xbox Live subscribers, a growth of 15 percent since last year.
    • TV and entertainment offerings on the Xbox almost tripled in 2012.
    • The average user spends 87 hours a month on Xbox, a 10 percent year-over-year growth.
    • This year, Microsoft is planning to launch more than 40 new voice-controlled, customized TV and entertainment apps on Xbox.

(Photo of Xbox 360 with Kinect from Microsoft)

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