Microsoft announced that worldwide sales of its Kinect motion sensing peripheral have hit 24 million, matching sales of the original Xbox system and outpacing the 21.7 million GameCube's sold by Nintendo. The company also said that it has sold 76 million Xbox 360 systems worldwide to-date.
The company also said that more than 46 million users are Xbox Live subscribers, a growth of 15 percent compared to last year, claims Microsoft. Microsoft did not say if these numbers included or excluded Xbox Live Silver users (those who do not pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription). Microsoft said that in 2012 the average US Xbox Live Gold user spent 87 hours a month in front of their Xbox – an increase of 8.7 hours from last year.
Users also consumed 18 billion hours of entertainment through Xbox Live in 2012, according to Microsoft.