Xbox 360 Outsells Wii and PS3 This Holiday
The results are in
Consumers have cast their votes and Xbox 360 was the best-selling next-generation console of the 2006 holiday season in the United States , outselling the PlayStation 3 and Wii combined in December and outselling all next-generation consoles in November and December. The Xbox 360 garnered a 51% market share in the United States for December 2006. ( US NPD, January)
Gamers get into Gear
Like âHalo,â âGrand Theft Auto,â and âZelda,â âGears of War,â is tracking to be one of the best-selling video games of all time. By the end of next week, âGears of Warâ will have sold more than 3 million copies to consumers worldwide in just 10 weeks.
Following on the success of âGears of War,â 2007 will quite simply be the best year for great games in Xbox history.
* By holiday 2007, there will be more than double the 160 next-generation games available on Xbox 360 today, including highly anticipated MGS titles such as âHalo 3,â âBlue Dragon,â âCrackdown,â âForza Motorsport 2,â âLost Odyssey,â Mass Effect,â âProject Gotham Racing 4â and âShadowrun.â
* Third party publishers continue to flock to the Xbox 360 for its high definition fidelity, ease of development and unmatched online capabilities. Surefire hits coming from third parties in 2007 include âAssassinâs Creedâ (Ubisoft), âDance Dance Revolution Universeâ¢â (Konami), âGrand Theft Auto IVâ (Rockstar), âGuitar Hero 2â¢â (Activision) and exclusives like âBioShockâ (2K) and âTom Clancyâs Splinter Cellâ (Ubisoft).
* This week, we announced more than 20 million Xbox Live Arcade games have been downloaded to date, including âAssault Heroes,â âSmall Arms,â âDOOMâ and this weekâs release âMs. Pac-Man.â Other popular games will join Xbox Live Arcade's library as the platformâs popularity continues to grow, including the highly anticipated "Castlevania: Symphony of the Night" from Konami and "Heavy Weapon" from PopCap.
Xbox LiveâThe Largest Social Network in the Living Room
With more than 5 million active members, two-million messages crossing the network a day, and three-billion game play hours logged to date, Xbox Live has become the largest social network on television. And Xbox Live innovations like Achievements, Gamerscore, and Reputation are changing the way people play games and share their games and entertainment experiences with friends.
Xbox Live is also an on-demand culture, where entertainment powerhouses like CBS, Lionâs Gate, MTV Networks, Turner Broadcasting, Paramount Pictures, UFC, and Warner Brothers are entertaining one of the most captive 18-34 year old communities online today. Seven weeks ago, Xbox Live and its studio partners began offering hit TV shows and movies in high and standard definition for download. According to the studios, the social games and entertainment network has already become #2 in Internet downloads of hit TV shows and movies, but #1 in high definition and #1 in the living roomâwhere it matters most.
The countdown is on
200 million Windows gamers around the world can mark their calendars as the availability of Windows Vista on January 30 draws near.
During the CES keynote address, Bill Gates and Robbie Bach demonstrated the ease and simplicity of connecting people who play games on a Windows Vista-based PC to friends who play on Xbox 360 using âUNOâ (Mattel Inc.) â one of the many new, upcoming casual games optimized for Windows Vista and one of the top casual games currently on Xbox Live.
At CES, Microsoft also announced the Games for Windows portfolio, which includes âShadowrunâ and âHalo 2,â the first titles to utilize Live services to connect the gaming experience between Windows Vista-based PCs and Xbox 360. And who doesnât want one Gamertag, one friends list, one set of achievements, as well as voice chat and game invites across Xbox 360 and Windows Vista? Itâs something only Microsoft can offer the worldâs largest population of game players.
The overall games line-up, all that take advantage of the new operating systemâs revolutionary technology and more user-friendly gaming features, include:
* âAge of Conan: Hyborian Adventuresâ (Eidos Interactive/Funcom)
* âAge of EmpiresÂ® III: The Warchiefsâ (Microsoft Game Studios/Ensemble Studios)
* âAlan Wakeâ (Microsoft Game Studios/Remedy)
* âBioShockâ (2K Games/Irrational Games)
* âCompany of Heroesâ (THQ Inc./Relic Entertainment)
* âCrysisâ (EA Partners/Crytek)
* âDisneyÂ·Pixarâs Ratatouilleâ (THQ/Heavy Iron Studios)
* âFlight Simulator Xâ (Microsoft Game Studios/ACES Studio)
* âFrontlines: Fuels of Warâ (THQ/Kaos Studiosâ¢)
* âHalo 2â (Microsoft Game Studios/Bungie Studios)
* âHellgate: London â (EA Partners/NAMCO BANDAI Games/Flagship Studios)
* âLEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogyâ (LucasArts/TT Games)
* âLord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmarâ (Midway/Turbine Inc.)
* âMarvel Universe Onlineâ (Microsoft Game Studios/Cryptic Studios)
* âRail Simulatorâ (EA Partners/Kuju Entertainment)
* âShadowrunâ (Microsoft Game Studios/FASA Studio)
* âSupreme Commanderâ (THQ/Gas Powered Games)
* âWorld in Conflictâ (Sierra Entertainment/Massive Entertainment)
* âZoo TycoonÂ® 2: Extinct Animalsâ (Microsoft Game Studios/Blue Fang Games)
* âZoo Tycoon 2: Marine ManiaÂ®â (Microsoft Game Studios/Blue Fang Games)
* âZoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper Collectionâ (Microsoft Game Studios/Blue Fang Games)