Newsbrief: As part of his CES keynote this evening, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer revealed the latest sales numbers for the Xbox 360 and its Kinect motion control device.
During his ebullient speech Ballmer commented regarding the Xbox franchise: "We invest for the longterm", claiming that "we're the world sales leader for the last year in consoles... We have 66 million Xbox users and [almost] 40 million Xbox Live subscribers."
These number of Xbox 360s is significantly up on the 57.3 million last revealed in October 2011, showing that the 2011 holiday season gave the company a not inconsequential boost.
Elsewhere in his presentation, Microsoft CEO played up the Xbox as an entertainment hub, not just a games machine, noting that the company has shipped over 18 million Kinect sensors to date. The motion sensing device had shipped 10 million units as of March 2011.