Xbox Live users tally 1 billion hours a month

Microsoft stat dump focuses on online service's expanding offerings; Xbox 360 installed base pegged at 42 million people across 35 countries.

Xbox Live began as a way for console gamers to hook up with friends and play online against one another, but Microsoft has steadily expanded the service's usefulness in the nearly eight years since it debuted on the original Xbox. Since that time, Microsoft has added downloadable games through Xbox Live Arcade and Games on Demand, TV shows and movies through the Zune Marketplace and Netflix integration, music through GameSpot sister-site Last.fm, and social media options like Twitter and Facebook. On top of those offerings, next week's dashboard update will include ESPN programming and the Zune Music streaming service.

ESPN integration will come to Xbox Live next month.

Xbox Live users are increasingly taking advantage of a number of these added options, according to a round of statistics Microsoft released today. Most strikingly, the company said the 25 million Xbox Live members worldwide combined are logging more than 1 billion hours a month on the service. That breaks down to each member averaging a 40-hour work week on Xbox Live each month.

That number could be rising in the future as well. Next month, Microsoft will roll out Xbox Live in an additional nine countries: Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and South Africa.

Microsoft also gave an update on its Xbox 360 worldwide installed base, revealing that the company has sold 42 million of the consoles in 35 countries worldwide. The owners of those systems are also watching movies and TV shows on their Xbox 360s more than two and a half times as much as they used to (a 157 percent increase in the last year), according to Microsoft. Among Xbox Live Gold paid subscribers, 42 percent average an hour of watching TV or movies through Xbox Live every day.

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Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@tisoyboy2 Yea I totally understand the business strategy Microsoft is doing, but I'm trying to make people aware of the dark side of it. My opinion is only a dream because people will keep paying for it, and some will do it without even realizing the scheming Microsoft is doing. I predict eventually Sony, might follow this trend. Although they might take a different route simply because one of there strong points is that PSN is Free. So if they was to charge for the PSN in the future most likely they wouldn't even seem much different from Microsoft, and also lose one of their selling points. Even though I love the concept of Xbox Live. I would never pay for this crap since I see how Microsoft is scheming their consumers. I don't have anything against anyone who choose to pay for this as long as they are fully aware of whats going on.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Waaait a minute. How many hours of this 1 billion are people actually being online? I thought you were online as soon as you turned on your Xbox...are they adding people just playing whilst connected? Thats not really online now is it?

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Impressive work there Microsoft!!! Sadly I'm not to savvy about online, so I'll just stick with my Silver account.

tisoyboy2
tisoyboy2

@Colonel-Snake As usual Bro, you make good points. It is a logical business move on Microsoft's part. And this in not an issue to fuel a console war. This affects all consoles. XBox is the big dog in gaming right now. This can very well spike an increase in fees for our beloved pastime.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

You'd think with all that money, they'd be able to hire someone with some Imagination to design a nice dashboard... This new one is horrible and hurts my eyes.

sonicare
sonicare

That's a lot of time. Think of all the lost production:P But as far as microsoft being a money hungry corporation, aren't all corporations money hungry? I've yet to find any corporate entity that isn't.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Microsoft is a money hungry corporation. Do you really have to ask why they raised the prices?

Flint247
Flint247

I love Xbox Live, but I think it should have stayed at $50 or less. Going up is foolish. o.o But 1 billion hours a month is impressive. o.o

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@XanderZane It well and truly surprises me that people think services should be free. Why? Because one is free the others have to be free? Some MMOs are free, some are not. Most aren't, actually.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

i guess i am one of those folks, but i am not on call of arcade. i am on battlefield and other games, and on saturdays, now, i am on it watching ESPN

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

if it's a sister site can you add you reviews as audio to it so we can search for or have a Gamespot listing? That would be sweet

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

@blaznwiipspman1 Because that is the only way they can explain why they are paying for it, where as PC and PS3 users do not.

yearof3000
yearof3000

Colonel-Snake@ lol I see why you have that avatar. The people you talk to are just noobs or fanboys!

yearof3000
yearof3000

XanderZane@ the only thing between Live vs PSN is "Live" have their own servers when you play games online. PSN use third parties servers or game developer servers when you play games online (disc only games), the only time Sony use their servers when you log-in, PS home, PS store, and anything that is Sony related.

AssassinJul95
AssassinJul95

I think I lodge a substantially larger amount of hours than the average of 40 per week... :p

XanderZane
XanderZane

@blaznwiipspman1 I own both ps3 and 360 and I dont get how XBL is better than psn other than the appearance and integration. They both basically play games online without much lag. The only difference is MS forces you to pay for something that should be free. Charging for online play is like charging for air. PC gamers would never take that kind of BS. ************************************************************ Everyone pays to play online. If you have an ISP provider, then you pay a monthly fee. Nothing is free.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@Username521 I will not say that PSN is "better" than XBox Live. However, I do enjoy using Playstation Network, and I do indeed like that I'm not paying for it. I also like the fact that I can pick and choose what to buy and pay for it outright, rather than having to submit to a "points" system. I can pick and choose what content I want to buy. On Live, I'm paying for a service whether or not I decide to use it, and whether or not I buy content on it or not. Am I the ONLY one who has a problem with that? Charging for something you don't use? That's just un-American!

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

How do they get people to reveal those figures !!!

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@chuckaroo27 I can't bet anything since we have no idea of why people are paying for live. I most likely believe it would be because of playing games online. Thats the main focus of Xbox live is to play games. They already raised the price. Why would they keep the price the same if they are including more features ? Makes absolutely no sense in terms of business logic. I know tons of people who pay for live, and barely any of them use facebook. twitter, or lastfm. I don't think you understand of where I'm coming from. Microsoft forces you to pay if you wanna access Netflix. If you're not a gold subscriber you cannot access Netflix on the Xbox 360. I don't care to make this a discussion about the PS3, but on the PS3 You don't have to pay to access Netflix. Why does Microsoft believe I should pay them for a feature thats free on the PS3, PC, and also even free on my Ipod touch ? If we had choices of what we wanted the price wouldn't be the same. I believe Microsoft is just ripping off all their loyal consumers in general, and that upsets me. Why ? Because now soon, or later Nintendo or Sony might follow this same exact pattern in the future probably.

chuckaroo27
chuckaroo27

@Colonel-Snake The consumer rights dont force u to pay for and watch netflix or any of tht other stuff and they dont deny u the option to use it at least once. imm not saying choice is bad. but even if we had the choice for what we wanted included in our xbox live, MS would still probably keep the prices the same (maybe higher lol). imm not talking fanboy just at the belief tht more is better, who doesnt want more? there r those of use who probably wont use espn,etc but how much u wanna bet many of them will start it up at least once on there xbox? y let something ur paying for anyway go to waste. i used netflix during the freetrial i listen to music=lastfm i have friends=facebook y pay for something and not use it to its full potential?

justincrdable
justincrdable

I wish i could put more crap on Xbox but i cant it does what it needs to do even if you pay. when the PS3 has more online gamers i will stop using the 360 because i have had to buy 3 of them. They are unreliable!!!!! i have had my PS3 since launch day and have never had a prob with it. the online might not be as good but they are definitely a better machine. (im no fan boy neither because the are just geeky f***s with no life. i just like what i likes)

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@Colonel-Snake when are you going to learn I totally make stuff up to see what you will say. its so easy. posting on gamespot gets boring sometimes. talking to you makes its so interesting sometimes.

wolf0
wolf0

1 billion hours thats alot of gameing

Legend002
Legend002

Well, people are paying. You can't blame them.

codeman5533
codeman5533

did any of you make any systems hmmm let me see no so why care which is better and defend it are you getting paid for it no so dont waste your breathe buy and play what you want but please stfu

codeman5533
codeman5533

so they corp heads can keep more of the profit for themselves

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

Wow I'm so done on this article. Nobody on here can at least give me a decent response as to why they disagree with me. I guess some of you like having no options, and also like being forced to pay for stuff you don't need to. Give me a break... Can some of you get over yourselves ? I'm not even remotely interested in arguing over a stupid console wars of who is better.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

As a owner of a Xbox 360, I don't really care for the extra filling that Microsoft has. As long as I can get online play and able to get some nice arcade titles I'm all good. @ all console fan boys - Bickering about which console is best is rubbish. Both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are fun in their own little way.

BigBigR
BigBigR

@UserName521 I like how every decent PS3 user here said Live IS better than PSN, just that they don't agree with the pricing. MS is going to charge $10 more for additional features that some won't use. Why not give them the option of paying those extra $10 ONLY if they want to use the extra features? Right now, you are FORCED to pay those $10 extra, you don't get to choose. No one is saying its not worth it, all they're saying is MS should give us choices, instead of forcing it down our throats. But nooo, blind Xbox fanboys think they're saying Live sucks or something, and start flaming PS3 users when all they're saying is they'd like everyone (Xbox360 fanboys included) to have more choices.

UserName521
UserName521

I love how you ps3 fanboys call xbox owners delusional for saying Live is better than psn. I can easily say the opposite. Its a better service, you need to come to terms with it. Everything I hear from you ps3 fanboys, I already heard from some big guy at sony being interviewed. You dont think for your selves all you do is repeat things like a parrot. The majority of people who say live is not worth have not even used the service and too the people that use both and still say its not worth it they dont play with there firends which is what online gaming is about.

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

whoop de doo...It seems like everyone is taken tallies like this lately.

helldude90
helldude90

With all these people signed up for xbox live Ithink it is unfair to rise the subscription fees.

blaznwiipspman1
blaznwiipspman1

I own both ps3 and 360 and I dont get how XBL is better than psn other than the appearance and integration. They both basically play games online without much lag. The only difference is MS forces you to pay for something that should be free. Charging for online play is like charging for air. PC gamers would never take that kind of BS.

Wylen0
Wylen0

Wait and they are raising the prices of xbl? with this many people paying them a month already.. wtf

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@chuckaroo27 If that is the case then Microsoft would be ripping off their consumers, and also contradicting what they have said before. They stated the reason why they raised the price of Xbox live, and that was because they added all of those new features. So your argument is really making no sense. If its the same price without the features why the hell would they raise the price ? To be honest most companies if not all tend to make the price higher the more that is included in the package that they are offering. All I'm saying is there is nothing wrong with having options instead of no options. It astounds me how people get all defensive about Xbox Live. I'm speaking in terms of the consumers rights. We all should have the right to pick, and choose certain features that we want. This goes for every single company to not just Microsoft.

chuckaroo27
chuckaroo27

OMG whats wrong with getting more than what ur paying for? its not like u if u dont want to watch netflix, or listen to music on last.fm,espn, etc they take it away from u and ur still paying the same as every1 else. if u go out and buy a pair of sneakers and they give u a pair of socks. do u turn them down simply because u didn't want them? congratz on the stats MS.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

I'll never understand why Cross Game Chat is so important. You're giving people the ability to INTERRUPT YOU! That's the last thing I want while geting into a game. Do any of you really sit there and say "Someone is bothering me again! OH BOY!!"?

snake3rules
snake3rules

MS lies cheats and steals ... guarantee these stats (as well as all their sales figures) are over-inflated, purposefully exaggerated BS

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@inaka_rob Dude what the hell are you talking about ? I'm not even discussing about the PS3. I'm talking about Xbox Live, and how I dislike the manipulation Microsoft does with it. I said I like how I have a option! Microsoft doesn't give any price options at all. Microsoft could easily make another option where you can pay to play online Without including Netflix, and all that other nonsense. You fail to even understand what I was referring to. So let me explain it so you could understand. I said they should have different price options. Its early in the morning, and already you trying to start a flamebait on this article. The grocery store analogy is actually terrible. The grocery store has options of what I wanna buy, and where I wanna buy it. If I'm going to buy steak, and chicken for dinner, I could easily pick up only those 2 items, and buy it. The grocery isn't telling me, Oh well if you want to have steak and chicken you need to also buy cheese, and lettuce also or else you can't get the steak and chicken. How am I a PS3 fanboy ? Please explain to me in a post how I'm a fanboy. I would love to here your opinion about this accusation. @BigBigR Thank you dude at least someone here gets my point.

BigBigR
BigBigR

@zidan4000 If you mean Cross-game chat, blame EA for not having it on the PSN. From what I've heard, Sony did not implement the necessary infrastructure for cross-game chat when they released PSN, so developers weren't forced to abide by specific rules as in MS's case. However, most games do work with cross-game chat, and you would be seeing it already on PSN were it not a certain publisher throwing it's weight around because one of its games was poorly coded and did not allow for such a feature. The source for this info did not explicitly say it was EA or that the game in question was one of the Harry Potter ones, but it was certainly implied. They thought the lack of such a feature when compared to other games would hurt their sales, and so they screwed over us gamers for a bit more profit. @inaka_rob Very poor choice for an analogy. You are not FORCED to buy a bunch of products when you go shopping. A good analogy would be shopping for a pair of shoes and being forced to buy a shirt (paying for it, not getting it free) with it, even though you have no need for and won't be using that shirt. Colonel-Snake isn't debating whether or not the price is worth it, but that you have to pay for stuff you won't be using. MS should have the added content as a separate product, that you could CHOSE whether to buy it or not.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@colonel-snake long time no see. stilling playing the ps3 fanboy I see. I wish XBLA was free. but it isnt it. and I love XBLA. Its trouble free and yeah they offer a lot of stuff I dont use or ever plan on using, but some stuff I do. Maybe the guy next me wants to use the other stuff. You see where I am going? do you complain that wall mart or the grocery store sells so many things you never intend on buying? I bet if they only had the few things you bought they could keep costs much lower. I cant stand the online experience on my PS3. It it so much less user friendly. I don't mind paying for XBLA. my yearly payment is about 7% of my gaming budget but add about 300% to some game I play like battle field or halo reach. Seems worth it to me. Beside I just got 2 years for 75 bucks. s

Colonel-Snake
Colonel-Snake

@zidan4000 I partially agree with what you're saying. The problem I have with Live is Microsoft manipulate its price point measures in it. They raise the price of Xbox Live, and then try to justify it saying how they added all these features which is well worth the 60 dollars per year. The problem I have with it is Microsoft basically forcefully have people paying for some stuff they don't intend on using. Especially where some of the stuff they have on there you could easily get some of those features for free on the PS3, or PC. Xbox Live to me is never worth the price simply because I'm not paying for crap I don't use. I'm like this for everything I buy period. Thats like the Cable Company forcing me to pay for all their channels when I only have interest in buying a few extra channels. Xbox Live is better then the PSN no doubt about that. Still though I like that Sony takes the optional approach instead of forcing everyone to pay for stuff.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

I still can't believe that people are actually willing to pay for something that should be free. I'm not saying that XBL is a bad service, not by a long shot. It's just sad to see the number of people who have be deluded into actually thinking that XBL is better than playing online with a PC or PSN, just because they pay for it. If people were to stop plaing online for just 1 month, M$ would make it free in a heartbeat.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

@lionhearts007 you should learn how to read before you try to make a smart alec comment. the article didnt say 40 hrs a week. it said "That breaks down to each member averaging a 40-hour week on Xbox Live EACH MONTH" learn how to read you bum.

dannyatkinson
dannyatkinson

I guess I am lucky because I do not play online and only use Xbox Live Silver.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@DFen With all due respect to PSN ,but it literally suc*s , the store interface , the online gameplay and the communication features are pathetic, almost 4 years now since launch and they didn't even bother to include a feature as simple as chatting to friends without getting into the tedious process of inviting them to chatting room ,leaving the game you are playing just to say hi. I want to include that also in PSN I can safely say that above 95% of users either don't have mics or simply use them to curse and rap and put some stupid music. Also it is quite sad that some superb online games like Killzone 2 aren't played in the way they should , it is enough that no one has a mic and adding a friend takes forever thanks to the laggy xmb screen that takes forever to load , PSN is far from perfect and Sony needs to step its game up and do something about it because it has been a year since I played online (my Xbox360 died and I am broke , the Slim looks irresistible though) XBL was and still the perfect online gaming experience in history and 50$ a year is well paid and justified period.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@DFen: Last I recalled no one asked you.