Microsoft was shooting for sales of 5 million units by the end of 2010 which was in and of itself a lofty goal. Now here in the first week of 2011, Kinect has shimmied those expectations away with a total of 8 million sold during the sixty day window that Microsoft figures to be the Holiday sales period.
Xbox 360 consoles saw an upswing as well, with 50 million moved during that same period. That last figure securing the crown for the Xbox as the number one gaming console in the US over the past six months.
The wild ride to close out 2010 capped the “biggest year ever” for Xbox, said David Dennis, group public relations manager for Xbox. Over the holiday season, console sales for the Xbox 360 hit 50 million. It also was the No. 1-selling console in North America over the past six months. Meanwhile, the Xbox LIVE community continued to grow strongly overall in 2010, adding a new member every two seconds. Xbox LIVE now has more than 30 million active members.