Xbox Live hits 2 million concurrent users

Modern Warfare 2 pushes online service into record books

More than 2 million users have been recorded using Xbox Live at once, according to a Twitter post made by Xbox Live director of programming Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb.

Although Hryb did not specify when exactly the record was broken the post was made on Thursday 12 and stated, "We just hit a new #XboxLIVE record: Over TWO MILLION people connected to the service at once."

No further details were provided, but the record-breaking results were undoubtedly down to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The previous record was 1.5 million concurrent users, attributed to the launch of the New Xbox Experience dashboard update late last year.

Infinity Ward's Rob Bowling recently claimed that the launch of Modern Warfare 2, and the subsequent increase in the number of concurrent users, had "killed" the PlayStation Network. After a break in service, servers were slowly put back online in an attempt to cope with demand.

Modern Warfare 2 has already broken sales records across the world, with 1.23 million unit sales in the first day in the UK and a total of 4.7 million for both the UK and US.

This is believed to have resulted in USD 310 million in revenues for publisher Activision.

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