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Microsoft Claims Xbox 360 Sales On The Rise

Software giant Microsoft has informed that the sales of its Xbox 360 gaming console are ‘accelerating’.

Microsoft, ahead of the E3 gaming conference, revealed that the sale of Xbox 360 in the first four months of 2011 were 29 percent more than what they were in the same period last year. The company also revealed that it had sold 55 million Xbox 360 units since its launch in 2006.

The rise in Xbox 360 sales is largely credited to the immensely popular Kinect motion gaming device. Microsoft also informed that it had sold more than 10 million Kinect units since its launch last year.

The company pointed out that Xbox 360 had managed increase its sales in the sixth year of its lifecycle despite the common industry trend of gaming consoles loosing sales as they near their fifth or sixth years.

Microsoft even conjured a graph to prove its point, which compares Xbox 360 sales with past and present gaming consoles including the PS1, Nintendo 64, PS2, Game Cube, Wii and PS3.

The graph shown on CNET (opens in new tab) however shows that Sony’s PS3 console is fast closing the gap with the Xbox 360. Sony informed a while back that it had sold more than 50 million units since launch.

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