Here at SPOnG we're always happy to see an announcement with some solid figures showing how well a company's doing. Gives us something to sink our teeth into, y'know? Makes us feel good. There's nothing that'll upset us like a company vomiting out figures then rubbing our noses in it, though. Enter Microsoft.
First - the figures. They're impressive.
A number was put to the number of units Microsoft's console now leads the PlayStation 3 by
: "more than 8 million units" says Microsoft.
The Xbox Live community grew to more than 17 million members, while spending on the service jumped 84% over last year.
Between Christmas and New Year, Live had its biggest week ever, "with a record of more than 1.5 million concurrent members online", according to Microsoft.
In excess of $1 billion has been spent on Live since its launch three years ago.
Of course, Microsoft also rolled out its installed base figure for the 360 - 28 million - but SPOnG already told you about that yesterday
So: well done Xbox! If you want the opulent flavour of success to linger on your tastebuds, however, you might not want to read the smug hyperbole that follows.
?For Xbox, 2008 will be remembered around the world as a pivotal growth year at retail and online ? even in the face of tough economic conditions?, gushed Don Mattrick, senior vice president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. ?Worldwide, a record number of players flocked to our broadest games and entertainment line-up ever, while the New Xbox Experience thrilled millions of fans by making our console even more engaging. And yet, we?ve only provided a glimpse into the new world of interactive entertainment that we?re imagining. The best of Xbox 360 is yet to come.?
"...The new world of interactive entertainment that we?re imagining"? Really? SPOnG just got a bit of sick in its mouth. Please, though, don't let Don's smugness overshadow the fact that Microsoft had a pretty good year.
It would have been nice if Microsoft could have mentioned how well it was doing compared to the Wii, as well as the PS3, though...