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Xbox at 10: A Decade of Gaming

*A decade after its introduction, Xbox has grown into a global gaming phenomenon. A selection of highlights from the past 10 years.*

REDMOND, Wash. (Nov. 15, 2011) –– It’s hard to believe, but 10 years ago today, Microsoft introduced the world to Xbox, noting that the gaming system was “erupting” on the scene. The gaming system set sales records, with 100,000 units per week shipping to retailers in the first weeks after its launch. According to NPD Group, Microsoft sold 1.5 million Xbox units in North America between the Nov. 15 launch and the end of calendar year 2001, making Xbox the best-selling video game console launch on record.

A decade later, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE and Kinect for Xbox 360 are hits around the world. Xbox LIVE currently has 35 million members worldwide who spend 2.1 billion hours a month on the service. Introduced a year ago, Kinect for Xbox 360 set a Guinness World Record as the fastest-selling consumer electronic device, selling 8 million units in 60 days. (more…)

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‘Kinect Effect’ Magic Pushes Beyond the Living Room

*In the year since Microsoft launched controller-free Kinect for Xbox 360, the device has taken on a life of its own. First Kinect became the fastest-selling consumer device in history and then it started showing up outside the living room in healthcare, education, and technology.*

REDMOND, Wash. – Oct. 31, 2011 – When it comes to technology and moon landings, there are small steps – and then there are leaps.

It’s been a year since Kinect for Xbox 360 jumped onto the scene, bringing with it a new era of controller-free, interactive gaming and entertainment for the living room.

“It’s been an amazing 12 months – it’s been absolutely inspiring,” says Alex Kipman, general manager of incubation for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. “When you have a great vision you expect it to do great things, but it’s humbling and inspiring to actually see it happen and exceed your expectations in terms of the ability – over a very short period of time – that you have affected the entire world.” (more…)

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‘Gears of War 3’ is an Action-Packed Father and Son Story

*Thousands of retailers around the world are opening their doors at midnight for the launch of the long-awaited “Gears of War 3,” a dramatic, action-packed finale to the Xbox 360 sci-fi warfare trilogy.*

REDMOND, Wash. – “Gears of War 3,” the dramatic, action-packed, much-anticipated conclusion to the blockbuster Xbox 360 trilogy, marches out at midnight.

Fans who have been waiting for the final chapter in the sci-fi warfare saga are lining up around the world to buy the game, which goes on sale at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20. With 20,000 launch locations, the release is the franchise’s biggest, stretching from New Zealand to Times Square. (more…)

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The Future of Entertainment Starts Today as Kinect for Xbox 360 Leaps and Lands at Retailers Nationwide

NEW YORK — Nov. 4, 2010 — Last night, New York’s famed Times Square went controller-free, as the Crossroads of the World was transformed into a dancing, singing, A-list celebration for today’s North American launch of Kinect for Xbox 360. A full day of demos, star-studded appearances and a massive, choreographed dance routine culminated in an excited line of thousands of fans eagerly waiting to take home the future of home entertainment, now available at more than 30,000 retailers nationwide.  (more…)

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Countdown to Kinect: 17 Controller-Free Games Launch in November

About the image: A screenshot from Kinect Adventures, one of 17 controller-free games that will be available when Kinect for Xbox 360 becomes available in November. Image credit: Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 18, 2010 —

Tune in to see it on “The Oprah Show®.” And find out what has Ellen DeGeneres moving and grooving. Even Geoffrey the Giraffe® knows Kinect for Xbox 360 is sure to be the hottest gift this holiday. Today, the countdown to Kinect begins, as Microsoft Corp. announced the launch of a multiyear advertising campaign and revealed the complete lineup of 17 controller-free games that will transform living rooms around the world starting on Nov. 4. (more…)

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NASDAQ MarketSite Evolves Stock Ticker With Microsoft’s Silverlight Technology

REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK NASDAQ’s popular stock ticker display — seen by hundreds of thousands of investors daily at the NASDAQ MarketSite® in Times Square and used as the backdrop for its television broadcast to a variety of broadcast outlets worldwide — is getting a hi-definition redesign with Microsoft Silverlight. 

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