Monday 8 January 2007
Microsoft comfortably achieved its own goal of selling 10 million Xbox 360s by the end of 2006, with 10.4 million consoles shifted worldwide by December 31 last year, the US software giant revealed during a keynote speech at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Sony announced at the same show that it had 'shipped' a million PS3s in the six weeks since the console's launch, a number that breaks the previous record, held by PS2. Crucially, though, Sony hasn't actually sold that amount - shipped just means consoles that have been sent to retailers.
So, with the 10 million milestone under its belt, Microsoft looks to be successfully strengthening its hold on gamer attention. In addition, Microsoft has also predicted that the number of Xbox 360 games will double before the end of 2007, giving gamers a rich library of more than 300 games to choose from. Sony has a lot of catching up to do.