Microsoft is pumping up Xbox 360’s success heading into E3 next week with news this morning that Xbox 360 console sales have surpassed 30 million and Xbox Live memberships 20 million.
Per the NPD Group as cited in Microsoft’s press release, Xbox 360 sales “across all categories” has swelled to $14.5 billion since the console’s heated (literally) debut. Downloads, which include games, music and anything else available via Xbox Live Marketplace, are approaching the 1 billion mark.
Another intriguing NPD stat Microsoft is citing claims third-party software sales are at $5.9 billion to-date for Xbox 360, more than Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii combined. If you think about it, Wii’s strengths are in its first-party software and Sony was released a year later at a much higher price point. Thus, instant advantage Microsoft.
A bold Microsoft prediction linked to NPD estimates that by year’s end, Xbox Live subscriptions will surpass that of the “largest cable provider.” With trends seeing cable and satellite customers ditching their monthly fees and two-year contracts for online content, that could very well come true.
Microsoft has been hinting at big E3 announcements which will come to light beginning June 1, i.e. next week. Rumors suggest an Xbox 360 motion camera will let you virtually wield a chainsaw gun against Locust or physically throw and dodge punches in Fight Night Round 4. The room for error with something like this is huge so if it is in fact true, the camera better be spot-on accurate if its to dethrone Wii MotionPlus.