Xbox at 10: a Decade of Gaming

As most of you know I am not much of a gamer. Even working for Microsoft I didn’t have an Xbox for the longest time.  Well my kids have had one for a couple of years now, they love it. Kinect has totally changed the game, hard to think it’s been around only a year.  But Xbox celebrated yesterday 10 years of history. Wow.

Here is Gates selling the first one 10 years ago:


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REDMOND, Wash. – Nov. 15, 2011 – It's hard to believe, but 10 years ago today, Microsoft introduced the world to Xbox, noting that the gaming system was "erupting" on the scene. The gaming system set sales records, with 100,000 units per week shipping to retailers in the first weeks after its launch. According to NPD Group, Microsoft sold 1.5 million Xbox units in North America between the Nov. 15 launch and the end of calendar year 2001, making Xbox the best-selling video game console launch on record.

A decade later, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360 are hits around the world. Xbox LIVE currently has 35 million members worldwide who spend 2.1 billion hours a month on the service. Introduced a year ago, Kinect for Xbox 360 set a Guinness World Record as the fastest-selling consumer electronic device, selling 8 million units in 60 days.

And this was a year ago when Kinect took over time square:


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