Xbox Live Surpasses 6 Million Users

March 7, 2007

Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox 360’s popular Xbox Live service now boasts more than 6 million registered users, a figure made doubly impressive when you consider that this milestone was originally projected by Microsoft not to be reached for another four months.

Adding to this, Microsoft also revealed a bevy of other statistics concerning the Xbox 360 and its services, including that gamers have spent more than 2.3 billion hours playing games over Live since 2002, which equates to over 260,000 years. Silly? Of course! Apparently Halo 2 alone is the cause for over 710 million hours of gameplay, with over a half of billion games played.

The company added that in excess of 10 million Xbox 360s have been released to retail since the November 2005 launch, and the console’s software attach rate is 4.6 titles per console in the United States and an accessory attach rate of 2.9 units per console.

Xbox Live has seen an average of over 2,000,000 text and voice messages sent every day between members on the service, and the average gold subscriber has 22 friends on their friends list (I have well more than this because, well, I’m a whore). To date, Xbox 360 owners have unlocked nearly 300 million achievements, equating to a total combined Gamerscore of nearly 7.5 billion.

Looking to the Xbox Live Marketplace, more than 70 percent Xbox Live members have downloaded content from the online service, totaling to more than 135 million downloads since the launch of Xbox 360. In addition, more than 5 billion points have been activated on Marketplace to date, and nearly 50 percent of Xbox Live members in the U.S. log into Xbox Live Marketplace every time they turn on their console.

Finally, nearly 70 percent of all connected Xbox 360 consoles have downloaded and played Xbox Live Arcade games. XBLA has now surpassed 25 million downloads, with the top titles as follows:

1) Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
2) UNO
3) Bankshot Billiards 2
4) Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
5) Texas Hold ’em
6) Pac-Man
8) Contra
9) Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3