70 million Xbox 360 consoles sold, but sales slow as many wait for the Xbox 720

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xbox-360-logo.jpgMicrosoft have revealed that their Xbox 360 console has now overtaken the 70 million sales mark.

Revealing the news as part of their first quarter earnings report, Microsoft however admitted that sales have begun to slow as consumers hunker down for the long wait for news on the Xbox 720. Microsoft sold a healthy 1.7 million Xbox 360 consoles during the quarter, though this figure is down 600,000 units year-on-year.

Despite the slightly lower sales numbers, the Xbox division still managed to post a total revenue of $US1.95 billion (£1.2billion) for the quarter, just a one per cent drop on the same time last year.

70 million consoles sold puts Microsoft’s gaming box in a comfortable position among its peers this generation. Sony revealed back in March that they’d shifted 63 million PS3 consoles, while Nintendo’s older Wii console has managed to hit over 96 million units sold.

With the new Nintendo Wii U launching late next month, its expected that both Microsoft and Sony will reveal their next-gen hands next summer.

Xbox 360 users can still enjoy a raft of new features before the year is out though, including an updated dashboard that brings with it Internet Explorer web browsing and second-screen features for those with compatible laptops through the Smart Glass application.

Gerald Lynch