In the world of videogames ten years is a pretty long time. Although Microsoft lack the history of Nintendo and Sony, they’ve certainly made an impact since entering the console market and one of the ways they’ve done this is with Xbox LIVE.
In an open letter to LIVE’s 40+ million users, Xbox LIVE CVP Marc Whitten revealed some rather impressive stats about the service.
“I’m proud to announce that during the week from 6th November to the 13th November, our members spent more time on Xbox LIVE (gaming and watching entertainment) than any other week in the history of our service: a total of 442 million hours,” he said.
“And Halo 4, which broke entertainment industry numbers, resulted in the LIVE community unlocking 43 million achievements in just the first five days of gameplay.”
“This year, we had an average of 9.4 million people a week using multi-player gaming on Xbox LIVE and in the 10 years of LIVE, nearly 14.5 billion Achievements have been unlocked worldwide, accumulating a total combined Gamerscore of more than 270 billion.”
Now of course on occasions like this companies are never slow to pat themselves on the back, but maybe we too should offer a warm hearty slap – sure it’s not perfect but Xbox LIVE has undoubtedly offered most of you who are reading this a fair few great gaming memories.
With all that being said, Xbox LIVE may well be enjoying record numbers today, buy with competition like Steam and PSN what can Microsoft do to ensure the service continues to thrive?
Xbox LIVE Plus, anyone?