GDC 07: Xbox Live Hits 6 Million Users Ahead of Schedule

During their press conference at last year’s E3, Microsoft announced that they expected to reach 6 million Live users by June 2007. Today they’ve announced that they’ve reached that milestone four months ahead of schedule.

However, Microsoft failed to specify how many of the six million Xbox Live users are paying for a Gold subscription, and how many are using a free Silver account. Silver users can download content from Xbox Live Marketplace and use the service’s community functions (chatting, buddy lists, etc), but they cannot play multiplayer games online. The number of Xbox Live Gold subscribers would also provide a hint of just how much money Microsoft is actually making off the growing Xbox Live community.

Microsoft has also released a number of other statistics for the Xbox 360:

Xbox 360

  • More than 10 million Xbox 360s have hit store shelves since launch in November 2005, and more than 160 high definition games are now available, including Viva Piñata, Gears of War and Crackdown.
  • Xbox 360 is available in 37 countries.
  • The overall software attach rate for Xbox 360 is 4.6 titles per console in the United States with a record-breaking accessory attach rate of 2.9 units per console.

Xbox Live

  • Following the launch of the Xbox LIVE online gaming network in November 2002, gamers have spent over 2.3 billion hours on the network playing games online with their friends around the world. This is equal to 95 million days of gaming or over 260,000 years. With our top title, Halo 2, which is being played on both the Xbox and Xbox 360, gamers have spent over 710 million hours playing online with over a half a billion games played.
  • In fact, online gaming through Xbox LIVE is now a proven form of mainstream entertainment. The 18-34 male audience is comparable in size to the same audience tuning in to see the most popular network TV shows like CSI or The Office.
  • Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360 continues to grow as a social community; we are seeing an average of over 2,000,000 text and voice messages sent every day between members on the service.
  • The average Xbox LIVE Gold subscriber has 22 friends on their Xbox LIVE friends list.
  • To date, Xbox 360 owners have unlocked nearly 300 million Achievements. All of those unlocked Achievements have created a total combined Gamerscore of nearly 7.5 billion.
  • Top WW Xbox LIVE Titles on Xbox 360 to date:
    1. Halo 2
    2. Gears of War
    3. Hexic HD
    4. Call of Duty 2
    5. Ghost Recon 3
    6. Call Of Duty 3
    7. Oblivion
    8. PGR3
    9. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas
    10. Perfect Dark Zero

      (Based on the number of unique users)

      Xbox Live Marketplace

    • Consumers have quickly jumped to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace as their one-stop download center. More than 70 percent Xbox LIVE members are downloading content from Marketplace, driving more than 135 million downloads since the launch of Xbox 360.
    • Xbox LIVE Marketplace is home to more than 7,000 pieces of individual gaming and entertainment content, downloadable at the click of a button.
    • Gamers have also quickly adopted the new Microsoft Points stored value system, with more than 5 Billion points activated on Marketplace to date.
    • Nearly 50% of Xbox LIVE members in the U.S. log into Xbox LIVE Marketplace every time they turn on their console.

      Xbox Live Arcade

    • Xbox LIVE Arcade has been an instant hit on the Xbox 360, with nearly 70% of all connected consoles already downloading and playing Xbox LIVE Arcade titles.
    • Xbox LIVE Arcade has now surpassed 25 million downloads from its diverse library of original development and classic titles from the world’s best independent and established developers and publishers.
    • Top worldwide Xbox LIVE Arcade titles on Xbox 360 to date (based on total number of full game downloads):
      1. Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting
      2. UNO
      3. Bankshot Billiards 2
      4. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
      5. Texas Hold ’em
      6. PAC-MAN
      7. DOOM
      8. Contra
      9. Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3