February 13th 2009 4:07 pm PT

Xbox LIVE sees biggest month ever

January 2009 saw the most members join LIVE than in any previous month since the service launched in November 2002. Currently more than 17–million people are now connected over LIVE. In addition, the January NPD numbers also reveal that Xbox 360 sales were up 33 % from last year. Some other PR factoids for you to digest:

Edit: Here is a link to the official press release


Industry, Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • OMG Aero

    So how many people actually joined Live in January?

  • Willeth

    Gold or Silver?

  • Mcmax3000

    Awesome news. Always glad to hear of the service expanding.

  • sarge mat

    I though it was over 20M connected over Live? If its 17 then Sony is ahead. Not that it really matters.

  • MadMojo

    Great job! I love the service and it’s why I bring all of my friends to it. =)

  • BillyMagnumFOD

    How about some free codes/avatar clothes to celebrate? :)

  • CompactDstrxion

    Each household has watched an average of 16 movies over the service

    My behind! Perhaps qualify that by saying households that actually live in a place you can get Netflix and households that are subscribed.

    Why not partner with one of the many providers outside the US for the rest of us, or is our money not as good as yours?

  • Adauctus

    Such hostility.

  • Frayteez

    what does gta4 have to do with anything for January?? the dlc comes out THIS month

    I personally thought August was bigger. Yeah there wasn’t Netflix(which i dont even have because the quality was AWFUL) but you had amazing XBLA games such as Braid and Castle Crashers.

    That was an awesome month for me.

  • DrAllsopp

    Whoopeedoo. So 4% of the worlds population can use the service.

    Any chance the remaining 96% of humankind having a chance to try this out?

    Fat chance. We are expected to pay more than the US while getting less.

    Wonderful isn’t it.

  • Shiaoran

    “Xbox 360 hardware failures were up 33 % from last year”

    My 02/2008 Elite Falcon just got E 74 a few days ago ¬¬
    And guess what, Microsoft won’t fix my 360 because I live in Brazil and bought the console in US(they don’t even sell Elites here).
    And it’s cheaper to buy a new Arcade Jasper than to pay for a third party to TRY to fix it(with no guarantee that it’ll work afterwards).

  • oO MG81 Oo

    Major where’s this weeks Live activity stats??

  • Briguymaine

    Ditto to what Shiaoran said. I contributed to the 30% in crease in sales because mine died 2 months after the warranty ended. So with Circuit City going out of business I bought a new one for 20% off. I’ll see about bringing my old one back to life with a x bracket fix but I’m not holding my breath. The Xbox Live service and games are great, but the hardware needs some help.

  • Shelldragon3

    I just joined the Xbox community in 2008 myself. I started making game comics because of it. http://shellsangels.smackjeeves.com/comics/ if you want to see for yourself. I’m not the only female to combine comics and games(awkward zombie is another example, I’m trying not to compare myself though because she is very awesome.)but maybe I’m the only one doing mostly Arcade games? *shrug* I’m waiting for someone else to show me up.
    I also recently got Netflix post new dashboard because it was going to be viewable on Xbox. I don’t use cable tv so I like to watch movies and shows over the internets via Netflix. Hooray for cross promotion.
    On another note the box I’m using is a first generation 360 and it hasn’t died yet, did I just jinx it?

  • Hi I am Phil

    Good to see.

  • Joergen8

    And whats best, it didnt crap out during the holidays! MS have really gotten ontop of things. Except for the 360 hardware reliability of course.

  • Xbox Sonic

    Good job and congratulations!

  • Kendoguk

    Sarge, PSN has around 14-15 million, thats not more.

  • Anonymous

    “Xbox 360 is the only place to get the complete storylines for hit games like Grand Theft Auto IV and Fallout 3″

    That’s Microsoft for ya. Using money to buy exclusives and exclusive DLC.


    Well, I’m not surprised by this news…


    Kigmal = douche

  • Agent Klutz

    I believe there were 3 or 4 different websites that were offering the 12+1 for 29.99 in the past month. We all know that Microsoft controls the price at the retail level and I hope they continue with this trend of lower prices.

  • BillyJo

    when will you offer Netflix services outisides US ???? if the services is ok on the web all around the world i dont understand why it would be not on the 360 ????

    explain me plz |||

  • VILIUS169

    great.i love xbox live

  • MetalGearFloppy

    So, everyone outside the U.S still wants to know when we’re getting a similar service to netfix… when we’re gonna get TV shows on marketplace and what happened to IPTV for us?

    I know there’s a heap of licensing issues involved in getting these services running, but I’m pretty sure it would be possible to achieve.

    Some kind of statement saying that it’s being worked on still and we haven’t been forgotten about would be nice… off the top of my head I can think of at least 10 or 15 media/tv companies that would no doubt jump at the chance to help provide/make a profit from such services here in the UK, I’m sure it’s the same elsewhere in the world.

    So? Have we been forgotten? Is all that stuff in the pipeline for us? Do tell….

  • Avrilphile

    [quote]Sarge, PSN has around 14-15 million, thats not more.[/quote]

    Not to mention it’s free, and every time I try to use it the experience is extremely tedious. Definitely not even close to on par with xbox live.

  • Avrilphile

    oops, I guess there is so html in these comments, noted.

  • HH Li

    Operation:Anchorage still can’t work on Asian version Fallout3.
    is there going to have a patch for this version? or can I get my 800msp back:(

  • DKR1138

    Maybe you can reward us users that give you such good figures with some actual decent information on exclusive titles for this year… its becoming more of a pain in the arse rather a good wait to find out whats on the table. It isn’t really doing MS much favors either seeings as Sony have good releases just over the very close hill, which for Sony users is something to wait for. No one really cares that another Halo titles coming out… I’d like to think im speaking for everyone when news of more Halo games (whilst probably excellent games) is rather mundane.

  • Mikro

    Yeah don’t for get one of many delayed or dropped connent release date failures like Tomb Raider Under world Beneath the Ashes now 4 days late from release and counting. and what gets me no updated release dates no news on what the heck happen It’s done ticked alot pf TRU fans off

  • UNSCleric

    I laugh at the PS3 owners that get no DLC for two of 2008’s best games (one of them being THE best).

  • Blue Thunder28

    That’s awesome! Let’s celebrate with some free content please. I know I contributed to those movie sales… though they weren’t through Netflix since I’m in Canada. Xbox live is the greatest.


    OMG… so many people with 100,000+ gamer score points here…

    XBOX Live is great….best console online gaming experience….

  • Secret Fuller

    Microsoft should give us a chance to download free premium theme’s, arcade games. Hell lot more. We want thanks from microsoft. Words are just written words. Actions are the best. (And free MS points)

  • DGJames

    Geoff off of RT posted this on his blog or news, It so happens that i’m one of those 33% after my account got banned for no reason.

  • Teh Samuel

    Congrats on the great year

    you almost take into account each ps3 can have 10 FREE accounts per console

  • Logic Squirrel

    1) Does that live number count secondary account people may have i have two, one silver and one gold for example.
    2) Can we please have a Hide Netflix service button in the options for those of us not interested in netflix.. such as the hide the welcome section.
    3) Can you please stop the netflix ads on some the content videos on spotlight and others sections as it is just irritating as we did not buy a 360 and gold accounts to watch unwated ads.
    4) I am on my second 360.. meh to sale stats.

  • slardybartfast8

    I just wanted to say to anyone who says Netflix Live quality is awful, that means you have ana wful connection. I promise you, that’s what it means. Half the stuff I watch is shown in HD quality and looks AMAZING, and the rest just looks like normal, not HD-tv. If that is too crappy for you, then you need to re-evaluate your standards. If it is crappier than that, I PROMISE it’s because you need a better internet connection. I hate all of you whiny malcontents. The service is FREE for gods sake. FREE. They didn’t have to do that for us. I hate you.

  • Gakhar

    No way Sony is ahead, I dont mind PS3 but PSN isnt very fun… there just isnt the same friendly environment.

  • Resident Cynic

    I’ve bought 3 360’s as 2 crapped out and have 4 Live accounts. Many of my friends have the same. Your figures are highly inaccurate methinks… Although I’m also perfectly clear on the fact that you know this…


    Yeah Resident Cynic, that’s the funny thing about stats like these – you almost always have to take them with a grain of salt. Unless it’s done by an independent and unbiased firm, the results are always skewed in favor of the company promoting them and aren’t showing you the real story behind the numbers. But then again, I guess that’s the whole point behind PR like this: showing you everything through rose-colored glasses to keep you from seeing the whole truth of the matter. A shining example of PR spin! ;)

  • VisionaryLight

    $30 for live will do that now how about letting some other countries have this sale like Canada :)

  • AlmightyRaisin

    Wooooo. Make it free, or give us some content worth the £40 for gold

  • Logic Squirrel

    I stated i was on my second 360 scratch that, as of yesterday my second one died so i will need a third or just give up on the 360 all together.

    Hmmm, what to do?