NEWS - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Black Friday Long Weekend a good one for Xbox Live

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson announced today on his website the following data:

  • Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts.
  • Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week.
  • We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day.
  • Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.

Sounds great, but what does this mean for Xbox Live gamers?  Obviously, more consoles and Live subscriptions sold wil mean more potential players to play games online with (or in the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 players, more fresh meat to verbally abuse and harrass), but "Entertainment Application Hours"?  Sounds like lots of folks watching YouTube and Netflix on their new console...hopefully games fall under that umbrella somewhere.




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