Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts. Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.
I visited Microsoft store twice during the holiday weekend (one on Black Friday and one on Saturday) and both times, one thing I saw getting sold in high numbers was XBox. In the time I spent there, 70-80% people in the store bought XBox and there were good number of people in the store. And to Microsoft's credit, nobody tried Xbox or Kinect on this day, all knew what XBox was and all picked up the boxes and went to the nearest Sales guys with tablets. Now that's a telling Microsoft consumer story which gets overlooked in Windows Phone and Surface comparisons with its more established competitors.
To MG Siegler and others - Please see these are all actual sales to consumers, maybe you can blog or tweet about this story as well, this again coming from your dear Microsoft.