Despite hardware problems encountered by owners in recent years, Microsoft announced that it has sold over 1 million Xbox 360s in Australia and New Zealand.
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|The Halo Xbox 360: currently being auctioned|
Microsoft Australia’s Regional Director of Entertainment and Devices Division, David McLean said, “Reaching the one million console milestone is a great achievement and one that puts us in a great position for the coming year. Since 2006, we’ve taken the lead in the innovation space and driven the growth in online entertainment. Our online community, Xbox LIVE, is one of the largest online communities in the ANZ region with more than 525,000 subscribers.”
“We also offer services such as Facebook and Twitter on Xbox LIVE and movies streamed in HD direct to your television, which really sets us apart from our competition,” added McLean.
To celebrate this milestone, the company will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind consoles to raise funds for the David Peachey Foundation. Microsoft said that A-list celebrities from the TV, sports, music, radio and fashion have lent their support for this great cause.
“The airbrushed Xbox 360 consoles, will be auctioned off for five weeks from today with several A-List celebrities such as Russell Crowe, Jennifer Hawkins, Kim Kardashian and Hugh Jackman, signing up to raise funds, with all proceeds donated to the David Peachy Foundation,” said the company.
The David Peachey Foundation was founded in 2004 by proud Wiradjuri man and former rugby league international, David Peachey. DPF was established to promote the development of young indigenous leadership, improve health outcomes, facilitate improved education attainment and encourage aspirations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in their chosen field.
“There will also be a unique Halo console designed by Oscar-winning, Richard Taylor of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop and a ‘Crystal’ console, boasting more than 10,000 semi-precious stones. Don’t be shy and bid for your favourite signed console as you will be helping to promote the development of the indigenous youth of Australia,” added the company.
Currently, there are four featured consoles: a Russel Crowe -Robin Hood Xbox 360 Elite Console, a Limited Edition Halo Xbox 360 Elite Console, a ‘Crystal’ Xbox 360 console boasting more than 10,000 semi-precious stones and valued at more than $1000.00 (AU), and a Kelly Rowland signed and airbrushed Xbox 360 Console. Other autographed consoles will be coming in the next few weeks.