Xbox Live hits 6 million-member mark; Halo kid makes other Halo kid cry

Xbox Live is known for a few things: It’s a great service that lets you keep track of your friends, has a relatively solid performance level and of course, has built-in voice support. And, how can we forget, it’s one of the best places to hear how much of a homosexual you are. Well, now Xbox Live can be known for something else: It has 6 million members.

In fact, Microsoft is so proud of this that they sent out a release this morning touting the fact that they reached the mark months ahead of schedule. From the hand that patted the back:

At E3 this past year, Microsoft announced the goal that the Xbox LIVE community would be 6 million members strong by June 2007. We underestimated how fast gamers would discover that the real joy of next-generation gaming is online.

Microsoft is proud to announce today that more than 6 million gamers worldwide are connected to Xbox LIVE, a milestone that was reached 4 months ahead of schedule. Xbox LIVE, the premier online entertainment network, offers the best in online gaming, ubiquitous voice, video and text chatting, Achievements, demos, trailers and more.

Now, we’re not for sure this means 6 million total with Silver included, because the press release never specifies. But, we’re gonna guess they mean Gold membership. Either way, good job? 

Press release:

Xbox LIVE Reaches 6 Million Members 4 Months Ahead of Schedule 

At E3 this past year, Microsoft announced the goal that the Xbox LIVE community would be 6 million members strong by June 2007. We underestimated how fast gamers would discover that the real joy of next-generation gaming is online.

Microsoft is proud to announce today that more than 6 million gamers worldwide are connected to Xbox LIVE, a milestone that was reached 4 months ahead of schedule. Xbox LIVE, the premier online entertainment network, offers the best in online gaming, ubiquitous voice, video and text chatting, Achievements, demos, trailers and more.

And, with Xbox LIVE Video Marketplace, gamers can download thousands of hours of premium entertainment content, from high-def TV shows like “CSI” or “Robot Chicken,” to full-length films such as “Saw III” or “Crank.” And, as announced this past week, Xbox LIVE members can download the first ever HD episode of “South Park,” exclusive to the Xbox 360 and available free starting today, March 6.

Below you will find the latest in Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE momentum data, including how many Achievements have been unlocked to-date and the top 5 Xbox LIVE Arcade list. 

Robert Summa