Microsoft on Monday reported earnings results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, revealing that the company shipped (i.e. sold to retailers) more than 6.6 million Xbox consoles during the period. This is down from 7.4 million consoles shipped during the same quarter last year.
The last official Xbox One shipment number Microsoft announced was 10 million units, which came in November 2014, before the holiday rush.
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Total Xbox platform revenue fell by 20 percent to $703 million, "due to customer preference for new generation of consoles," Microsoft said. Total console volume fell by 10 percent, while Microsoft also recorded lower revenue from second- and third-party games and accessories.
The company's Computing and Gaming Hardware revenue fell $473 million, or 11 percent, during the quarter. This downturn was attributed in part to lower revenue from the Xbox platform overall.
Microsoft's Devices & Consumer division's "Other" category rose by 30 percent to $562 million, mainly due to "higher revenue from first-party video games," among other things. In addition, first-party Microsoft video game revenue jumped a whopping 79 percent to $171 million due to Minecraft sales, and the releases of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2.
Devices & Consumer "Other" cost of revenue also rose year-over-year, in part because of "higher volume of Xbox Live transactions and $104 million higher first-party video games costs."
Overall, Microsoft reported revenue of $26.5 billion for the quarter, up from $24.5 billion last year.
Microsoft will hold an earnings call to discuss these results and more starting at 2:30 PDT. Check back soon for more.