Microsoft’s Xbox 360 dominated headlines and consumer spending in 2010.
Big game debuts of titles such as Fable III, Halo Reach and Call of Duty: Black Ops helped push the Xbox 360 to poll position amongst its rivals. North American market research company, NPD, has published the following Xbox vital statistics of December 2010:
• Xbox 360 was the only console to show year-over-year growth at 42 percent, making it the fastest-growing console in 2010.
• With $6.2 billion spent at retail, more money was spent on Xbox 360 than any current generation console in 2010.
• December Xbox 360 console sales remained strong, with 1.9 million units sold, the biggest month ever in the history of Xbox 360.
• During December, three of the top 10 console game titles were for Xbox 360, including “Call of Duty: Black Ops,” “Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood” and “Kinect Sports.”
Microsoft revealed at CES earlier this month that the company has sold over 50 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide since launch. Microsoft also has 30 million active Xbox LIVE members and has sold 8 million Kinect sensors in just 60 days on the market.
If you thought 2010 was exciting for Xbox then stand aside for 2011. Microsoft is planning to introduce Hulu Plus for U.S. Xbox LIVE subscribers in Spring this year. The software giant will also push out a Spring dashboard update that will include support for the recently announced Avatar Kinect. Microsoft also has the massive Gears of War 3 title on the horizon for 2011 which is likely to set sales records.