When Microsoft first mentioned that they wanted to dive into the console business, not many people took them seriously. After all, it was a slugfest between the likes of Nintendo and Sega back then, and then Sony came along with their phenomenal bestseller, the PlayStation. Well, Microsoft did make the move into the world of console gaming, and they have not looked back since. Now that we are into the Xbox One console generation, we have received word that Microsoft has already sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles throughout the recently concluded holiday quarter in its quarterly earnings statement, which resulted in a revenue of $26.5 billion. Overall, this resulted in a net income of $5.8 billion.
Although revenues were up over at Microsoft, the overall net income and Xbox sales were down year-over-year. In a similar period during the previous year, Microsoft’s fiscal Q2, the company managed to sell 7.4 million Xbox consoles, which was a rather balanced split between 3.9 million Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft did not offer deliver a similar breakdown of the 6.6 million consoles which it sold between the time period of October 1 and December 31, 2014, although I am quite sure that we do not need to be a genius to say that more Xbox One consoles had shifted by then, since owning an Xbox 360 is so passe. [Press Release]