Microsoft: Xbox 360 Now on Track

On the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video gaming conference this week, Microsoft confirmed that it has sold over 3.3 million Xbox 360 consoles so far and is on track to ship 10 million units by the end of 2006. The 3.3 million figure was first reported by Dean Takahashi of "The San Jose Mercury News," who was recently given unprecedented access to Microsoft's Xbox 360 business. Microsoft later confirmed the figure.

According to Takahashi, the 3.3 million figure represents the number of Xbox 360 units sold, not shipped, though Xbox 360s are still "flying off the shelves." Now, Microsoft expects to ship 4.5 million to 5 million Xbox 360 units by the end of June--which is the end of Microsoft's fiscal year--and 10 million by the end of 2006.

The 10 million figure is important because Sony plans to ship its PlayStation 3 (PS3) in November and the company has vowed to sell 6 million PS3s by the end of March 2007. If Sony is able to overcome the manufacturing problems that plagued Microsoft's Xbox 360 rollout late last year, the PS3 should overtake Xbox 360 in the market by mid-2007. That would be a terrible defeat for Microsoft, which had hoped to use its yearlong head start over the PS3 to pad its market share.

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