2010: Biggest Year Ever for Xbox

By Steve Wollaston on Jan 7, 10 12:05 PM

On the eve of CES 2010, Steve Ballmer and Robbie Bach announced in Microsoft's keynote address that 2009 was a great year for Xbox and 2010 will be the biggest year ever in Xbox history.

In 2009...

Xbox sold more than 10 million consoles last year and has sold 39 million Xbox 360s around the world.
Xbox Live continues to redefine and lead social games and entertainment:
Xbox LIVE enjoyed its biggest week ever at Christmas time, with a new member joining every second.
Xbox LIVE saw record peaks of more than 2.2 million people using the service at the same time.
The addition of new social features like Facebook, Twitter, and 1080p instant on movies has been a huge success with nearly 10 million members utilizing entertainment content on Xbox LIVE.
Over 1 million new friend connections have been made since the launch of Facebook on Xbox LIVE and members created more than 1.6 million new accounts on, streaming nearly half a billion minutes of music.

For 2010...

As announced during the keynote, "Project Natal" will be hitting living rooms this holiday/Christmas (2010). "Project Natal" - which will work with every Xbox 360 - ushers in an entirely new category of games and entertainment, turning YOU into the controller.

2010 will deliver exclusive blockbuster releases. Kicking off the first-half of the year with back-to-back Xbox 360 exclusives like Splinter Cell Conviction, Crackdown 2, Mass Effect 2, and Alan Wake. The holiday line-up of games includes the highly anticipated Fable 3, followed by Halo Reach, which is expected to be the biggest title of 2010.

Xbox LIVE, will be changing the face of social entertainment.

o A new Xbox LIVE experience, "Game Room," will be the ultimate destination for reliving the glory days of the classic 1980s arcade. "Game Room" will offer a library of 30 original arcade and console classics including "Centipede®," "Asteroids Deluxe®," and "Super Cobra," which are shown in their original cabinet designs. Buy once and play on both your Xbox 360 and Windows-based PC.


Steve Wollaston

Steve Wollaston - Sunday Mercury games reviewer Steve has been writing about video games for donkey's years. In fact he is probably far too old for it now which is why you will see a lot of reviews been done by kids... He has been nominated three times for Regional Games Journalist Of The Year at the Games Media Awards, but never wins. His major love is sports games and rates Sensible World of Soccer circa 90's as the greatest game ever made - closely followed by Championship Manager 2. Skyrim has currently taken over his life.

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