Microsoft could barely contain its obvious giddiness that comes from owning the best selling current-generation console in the U.S. for all of 2011. Citing figures obtained from The NPD Group, Microsoft says Xbox 360 sales outpaced both Sony's PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii consoles (both jockeying for position in second place) by more than 2.7 million units.
"The strong December capped an impressive year during which Xbox 360 was the fastest-growing console. It also captured 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with an industry-leading $6.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for the calendar year — more than $2.1 billion on consoles and $4.6 billion on games and accessories, NPD data shows," Microsoft stated in a blog post.
Using its own internal figures, Microsoft claims it has now sold more than 66 million Xbox 360 consoles worldwide, along with more than 18 million Kinect sensors and nearly 40 million Xbox Live memberships.