The Xbox 360's success is skyrocketing, with Microsoft revealing the console has sold over fifty five million consoles worldwide, as sales continue to increase annually. That figure puts Microsoft's console five million ahead of their rivals Sony, whose PS3 has just edged past the fifty million mark after a record-breaking twelve month haul of 14.3 million PS3s sold globally.
"Xbox 360 maintains its lead in the US as the top selling console in 2011, and 10 of the past 11 months," boasts Microsoft, presumably while sitting atop a pile of cash. "In the first four months of 2011, Xbox 360 has seen a 29 per cent year over year increase in sales, which is more than triple the growth of PlayStation 3 and the largest growth of any console on the market".
As always, it's advisable to take such PR fanfare with a generous pinch of salt. While the stats are probably true, it's not indicative of the 360's continued failure in global markets other than North America and Europe. It's continually outsold by both the PS3 and the Wii in Japan, despite a prominent push earlier this generation, and in the likes of France and Spain its not quite as beloved as Sony's console.
But it's great to see the 360 doing well, as despite its infuriating hardware flaws and Microsoft's often restrictive philosophies, it's a great console I've thoroughly enjoyed owning the past five years or so. What about you, Dealspwners? Happy with the 360's triumphant sales? Or less impressed with its performance elsewhere? [Eurogamer]