In the earnings call of the quarter ended September 30, 2014, Microsoft has detailed that they have moved a total of 2.4 million consoles. This would be the first time Microsoft has shared any details regarding the number of consoles that they have shipped in the recent months.
While the figure represents the total number of Xbox One consoles combined with the total number of Xbox 360 consoles that they have shipped, it still accounts for an increase of 102 percent over the corresponding period from last year.
Obviously that is an impressive increase but if you look closely, it isn’t that much of a big deal.
Until September 30, 2014, their latest generation gaming console Xbox One had not been launched. A majority of their customer base was mostly waiting for November 22, 2013 so that they could opt for the newer device.
The sales were supposed to be down in that period last year.
Moving on, the Computer and gaming Hardware division as a whole reported a revenue of more than $2.4 billion for the same quarter. This figure also has the expected contrast with the Q3 2013 as the revenue for that period was $1.4 billion.
As a whole, Microsoft has reported revenues of more than $23.2 billion; a 25 percent increase in the total revenues from last year’s third quarter. It also is, in my opinion, deserving of more praises than the rise in the console sales.
Satya Nadella shared why this has been possible:
“We are innovating faster, engaging more deeply across the industry, and putting our customers at the center of everything we do, all of which positions Microsoft for future growth. Our teams are delivering on our core focus of reinventing productivity and creating platforms that empower every individual and organization.”
What do you think?