Microsoft sells 8.2 million Xbox 360s in holiday quarter

Xbox division revenue spikes 15 percent to $4.24 billion during the final three months of 2011.

Microsoft's gaming unit is on a hot streak. Last week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 scored $6.7 billion in 2011 from games, accessories, and hardware. Today, the company put that number in perspective, noting the Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices Division (which includes the Xbox business) posted $4.24 billion in revenue for the three-month period ended December 31, 2011.

Microsoft sold 8.2 million Xbox 360s in its latest quarter.

That figure represents a 15 percent surge from the $3.7 billion the division took in during the same period a year prior. Microsoft said it sold 8.2 million Xbox 360s during the quarter, up 27 percent from the 6.3 million it sold during the same period a year ago.

Xbox 360 revenue grew 9 percent, or $322 million, during the quarter, led by hardware sales and increased Xbox Live income. However, revenue was offset by slowing sales of Kinect devices.

Microsoft also reiterated that it has sold 66 million Xbox 360 units life-to-date worldwide and 18 million Kinect devices. Additionally, Microsoft said Xbox Live now has 40 million users, up 33 percent from this time last year.

The division had a strong run, but Microsoft's total take during the quarter did not jump by as high a margin. Quarterly revenue for Microsoft was $20.89 billion, up 5 percent from the same period last year. Microsoft's Business Division hauled $6.28 billion during the quarter, up 3 percent from the year prior. The Server & Tools unit of Microsoft took in $4.77 billion during the three-month period, representing an 11 percent uptick from the prior year's haul.

Not all Microsoft business units posted positive numbers. Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live Division took in revenue of $4.74 billion, which marks a 6 percent decline from the prior year. Microsoft also updated its Windows 7 license sales figure, saying that it has sold over 525 million licenses of the operating system since launch.

The Online Services Division of Microsoft tallied revenue of $784 million, marking a 10 percent increase from the year prior. Finally, Microsoft said it is revising its operating expense guidance down to $28.5 billion to $28.9 billion for the full year ending June 30, 2012.

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186 comments
flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@KILLEDbCRITICAL It's sad when one has to resort to Wikipedia for their technical information. That is absolutely not the TRUTH. I read that complete article 5 years ago. The first 3/4's of the article is cut and paste from various technical sites, the console part is pure subjective drivel. Wikipedia my naive friend, is not a reliable source for facts. And I might say, I disagree with your statement "being ignorant on this is nothing to be ashamed off", well I simply disagree. You should be ashamed with your non-wilful ignorance.

SkytheWiz1
SkytheWiz1

I wonder how many of those 360s were because of the old ones dying after only a few years' use.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@ar6ra6sh9 typical 8year olds on the site. you did ditch then PS3 in the first place. Didn't you read your own comments? Since I can't argue with a 8 year old troll who keep whining, Go on then... spread your pathetic point of view. Sadly enough your profile tells everything.

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@Soothsayer42 hehe who said im a 360 fan genius??? yeah think that way! im not repeating something to a close minded! i see nothing more than contrast in ps3 killzone game and gears of war 1 graphices in even better than killzone 3 graphices! god of war completely a normal game in graphices so put that game away and i see no prove in what u saying! u want to say heavy rain has better graphices than alan wake? u want to say killzone has better graphices than gears of war? or u want to say GT5 has better graphices than forza 4??? no dude! ur just trying to push someone to accept ur bull$hits which has no prove! no need to give me advice mr genius! from when u thought ur so smart??? go Fuk with someone els! i dont give a $hit about MS,sony or nintendo! i jusr stick with better console! u want more info on that??? digg my cm's more! they want they money! i want my game!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@KILLEDbCRITICAL I did :P (but still,360 have better GPU, its their memory that limited the performance. PS3 win) @ar6ra6sh9 look what we have here, a fanboy backing off. Did you even read your 'previous' comment. I own PC gaming dude... you need to help yourself. All Im saying is PS3 exclusives have better graphics. But you don't have anything else to say about the 360 anymore right? Since you mentioned PC. LOL... kids these days. Learn proper grammar.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@soothsayer42 gee If you want to jump on our little debate here that's fine but at least read the full content of our posts,the upscale fact is exactly what i'm trying to explain here...if you had read my previous posts you would know that the main reason i find the xbox outdated is the LACK OF COMTRAST that unfortunately destroys part of the gaming experience for me. The resolution subject was first brought by @ar6ra6sh9... Jump in bro but take your time to read what we are saying:)

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@Soothsayer42 im adoring uncharted 2! i dont give a $hit about killzone cause i waste 40$ for that peace of crap which was mega boring! god of war had nothing especial in graphices! yes im blind cause i see all games with better graphices on pc, theres no point in arguments about graphices between 360 and ps3! they both has good {alan wake, gears of war 3, uncharted 2,heavy rain} titles and they both has some bull$hits too! u can talk about this pointless argument for ages! u say ps3 has better graphices in arkham city, i say 360 has better graphices in mafia 2, and blah blah blah! if u really care about the quality of a game{graphices} stop talking about consoles and look for a pc!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@ar6ra6sh9 Uncharted 2-3, God of War 3, Killzone 3 looks better than any other 360 games. Fact. Unless you're sadly blind. Owning both console ftw

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@IceJester45 you got that right bro. PS3 have better Memory pool allowing them to transfer memory at faster rate. 360 have better GPU, but their memory didn't unleash their full GPU performance, sadly. Well, bring on the next gen

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

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Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

@KILLEDbCRITICAL actually most games on 360 and PS3 run on 720p native resolution. They were upscaled to 1080p (for some).

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@flyingdutchboy2 http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-definition_video Here you will find proof that not only i was speaking the TRUTH but a detailed and very well written article about HD resolutions,it's a very interesting reading but if you are feeling lazy scroll down the page till the part they compare the consoles. Just one thing,been ignorant on this is nothing to be ashamed for but deliberate choose to remain ignorant just to contradict me is stupid:roll: I was hoping you would do you homework yourself but wthell consider it a favor.:)

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Not upset at all little dude. As previously stated, even though both consoles are able to run 1080p native, it really doesn’t matter. I do play on all systems as well, including the Wii. The fact is, you have made a statement that has no fact behind it so that makes it very subjective. I kinda wonder what you mean when you speak the word “truth.” Do you actually know what the word means? The very nature of your tone suggests fanboyism. Let’s call like it is, both systems are holding gaming back. Yes, ignorance is bliss and you probably feel very blissful at the moment.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@KILLEDbCRITICAL, Also, Resistance 3 does not run at 1080p native. And, I don't think R&C does, either. Can't remember if MGS does (traded it in a while ago), but me gut tells me no. EDIT: Actually, MGS 4 is 1080p native. My bad.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@KILLEDbCRITICAL, Yeah, I knew those games were 1080p. However, that's still not a very impressive list, and it contains mostly older titles and remakes that weren't very graphics-intensive to begin with. Plus, other visual options, such as AA in GT5, are pared back to get the native 1080p resolution. Both consoles have trouble rendering games at native 1080p resolution, though they both can do it. It's rarely used. I think the PS3 is marginally more powerful than the Xbox 360. Both consoles are dated and are holding gaming back, in my opinion. Arguing over which one has better graphics is, at this point, kind of meaningless. Either way, you're not driving a bad-ass Porsche.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

Just a something i like to add:there is not much difference between 720p native upscale to 1080p BUT there is a huge difference between native 1080p to upscaled 1080p.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@IceJester45 My point in this debate is,games will always look better on its native resolution that been 720 or 1080p isn't a huge difference but when you upscale you gain resolution but loose a little color contrast,thats something xbox can't afford to loose. Here goes a little list of native 1080p games that i can remember right now: MGS4-Ninja Gaiden-Dead Space2-FF13-Gran Turismo5-Cronincles of Riddick-Ratchet and clank series-Resistance-Bioshock,etc,all the recent HD remasters and some downloadable games as you mentioned...these are the ones i remember right now but there are others.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@flyingdutchdog2, The Perfect Dark re-make on Xbox 360 runs at native 1080p. So, yes, the 360 can do 1080p native. However, this litttle debate is kind of pointless because very few console games on either system display in native 1080p. There's Perfect Dark on the 360. And, there's WipeOut HD, Gravity Crash HD and a few other (mainly simple, downloadable titles) on the PS3.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@flyingdutchdog2 I got a feeling you are getting a little upset,well dude,don't worry your prettie little head to much,you got your preferences i got mine and i'r been very objective with my upscale statement witch is the truth not personal opinion. As i stated before i play [A LOT] both systems and PC,try to do that yourself before calling me a fanboy,i do a lot of comparing and in MY OPINION xbox is a watered down generic lookalike system but ofc you can get used to it if you only play on it...dude,as the say goes ignorance is bliss,that said,have a good day sir.;)

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@KILLEDbCRITICAL ok dude, at your suggestion I googled "your upscaling" theory. Every thing I read supports that Xbox can run in 1080p in native resolution. However, and this goes for the PS3 as well, 98% of the games only display in 720p or lower so the subject is moot and irrelevant "whether you realise it or not."

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@KILLEDbCRITICAL No DUDE, somewhere in your comments you mentioned the 360 1080p was only through upscaling and of course I definitely just won't take your word for it. To say the 360 is holding this generation back is an utterly ridiculous statement bordering on fanboyism. You have some grand delusion going in your little head that the PS3 being this great wonder from the sky ... it ain't ... "you realising that or not." If you really care about game quality you'd be gaming on a PC and not an Xbox or PS3, "you realing that or not." In conclusion, you are purely being subjective in your analysis of the console, which is fine. Just don't ramble about what is better and what is not.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@flyingdutchdog2 dude,that's common knowledge and already has been discussed a lot,you will find many forums and tech articles about it on the internet,google it,please don't take just my word on it. I'll stick with my analogy,i like the xbox360 to a certain degree but unfortunately its holding this generation back,you realising that or not.I couldn't care less about Sony or MS,i care only about games but i like quality.

steelmouth
steelmouth

20Billion in the last quarter,eff i love MS,now how about showing the 360 fans some love by exclusives

IceJester45
IceJester45

@devilhunters: I went through two original PlayStations and a PlayStation 2 with a DRE. For years, Sony was well-known for their shoddy hardware. The PS2 had a higher failure rate than the original Xbox did. Gamers today have short memories. Or they have selective memories. Maybe a bit of both. Sony did get it right with the PS3, though. I've had no problems with mine, and the console has a lower failure rate than both the 360 and Wii do. So far, though, the PS3 is the exception to the Sony-makes-crappy-hardware rule.

devilhunters
devilhunters

@BryanParksSuper i know exactly what i'm talking about kid, i bought my 360 elite about 4 years ago, never ever had a problem. My ps2 was awesome, but it failed me countless times, i still have it but it doesnt work.

flyingdutchdog2
flyingdutchdog2

@KILLEDbCRITICAL Believe what YOU will as well. Xbox 360 is certainly able to display 1080p in native resolution without downscaling. I don't know your source for information (probably some PS3 kiddie magazine), but it's wrong. And personally having both consoles, the graphics of PS3 certainly don't outshine the 360's, so forget that "bad ass Porche" analogy. It just ain't so. I prefer the 360 over the PS3, but that's purely subjective. How bout you being a bit more objective?

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@ar6ra6sh9 Well,believe what u will,if your model of good graphics is Gears nd Allan Wake i have nothing more to say to you.good luck trying to emulate PS3 graphics tuning you TV,you probably think the audio aspect is better on xbox too huh.that said if you prefer to drive a popular car instead of a bad ass Porche thats your choice not mine.

Tony-Baxter
Tony-Baxter

Maybe they'll get more complaints over that controller and finally change it!

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@KILLEDbCRITICAL i have a big collection of pc and 360 and ps2 games and its much bigger than urz! so what??? is that gonna prove anything??? hehe not the real 1080p??? oh where did u get that??? how did u find out??? again! more contrast doesnt mean better graphices!!! u can set those setting even manually with ur lcd/led too so contrast is not the better graphices! what i said about mafia 2 was so differend! when u walk inside grass u can see how differend ps3 and xbox 360 ver are and about skyrim its even more clear! yeah i have one only to play heavy rain,uncharteds,little big planet and FF ver. 13 ... otherwise i didnt need to buy this console! and again u didnt show me a real reason which prove ps3 has better graphices! alan wake, gears of war 3! does ps3 has a game with better graphices??? NOP!

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

@ar6ra6sh9 "Runing without proof" lol thx for the laugh...dude i'm not trying to prove anything to you,just hoping to open your eyes...i have no shame to say i have a moded 360 for years so i know this machine inside out,i do a full walktrough on almost all releases to make my reviews,i'm also a game collector for about 22 years now so i'm pretty confident were stand. First of all let me try to explain to you,the xbox360 don't support native(real)1080p resolution,that might be shocking to you but you will only find a native 1080p on PC and some PS3 games,xbox 1080p is a upscale,i can put a DVD movie standard 480i and upscale it to 1080p on xbox,that's a common mistake you will never get the same quality of the same movie on native 1080 (on a blue ray for example)...i particularly don't use upscale resolution on my xbox anymore cause the native 720p look slightly better contrast(again). Again i'm not trying to prove anything to you but maybe you can take the prove yourself (assuming you really have a PS3)try give a rent on any Dead Space,play it not just look,them try to play the xbox version,they are very different beasts.

majormetal
majormetal

I want an American made gaming console. Wouldn't that be nice?

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

By the Slims have Red Dot of Death and E74 too. It's just been reduced.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

@devilhunters I'm a Playstation guy. I lost respect for MS after suffering 4 RROD on 4 different Consoles in 2 yrs. I left MS goin on 3 yrs this May and have never looked back after buying my 40GB PS3. After 3 yrs my PS3 still works. You can't say that bout ****box can you? MS Fails when they release a console fully knowing it hardware problems. It's all bout Playstation. I will be buying a PS4 when it comes out. I still have my PS and PS2 that still work. Had a Original Xbox failed with 6 months. So you have no idea what ur talking bout kid.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@Sigil-otaku Agreed. Microsoft should have held on tight to the Mass Effect series. That was a very good, if not there second best series, and letting it fall multiplat was huge in my opinion. Yeah it was also available on the PC, but for someone who was on the fence about which console to buy, ME was a big player in that arena.

ar6ra6sh9
ar6ra6sh9

@KILLEDbCRITICAL i didnt said its grey! just look at gears of war if u want to see black!or forza 4 or many others! i'll give u 20 names if u want proof! and u must know high contrast WILL hide graphices problems too! just as i found in killzone 2 and 3! when the picture getting dark by a graphice trick u can see them more attractive and more colorfull but in other hadns they are hiding graphices problems too!! no im adoring uncharted 2 graphices and i had the word for what im saying "mafia 2" and "skyrim" but u just said something and ran away without any proof! i can give u many names which support 1080p in 360 but ps3 ver got only 720p! do want me to name them for u???

cyberslammer
cyberslammer

I used to have a PS3 until I took a root kit to the knee.

devilhunters
devilhunters

@BryanParksSuper you are one of the worst ps fans i've ever seen. its time to move on, i was a mad playstation gamer, i still have my ps1, ps2 and psp, but then i bought the 360, oh and i will never regret it.

devilhunters
devilhunters

@BryanParksSuper your friend must be as stupid as you to trade his 360

CalamityKate
CalamityKate

@BryanParksSuper: You feel bad for Microsoft? According to the above article, they had $6.7 billion in sales last quarter during a global economic recession. I suspect they're feeling pretty good about this. The units reported on in this article are the newer units, which have a failure rate similar to the other two major consoles of this generation. Microsoft was rightly dinged for the poor reliability of early 360 models. This is, however, a problem that has been fixed, and no longer applies, especially when we're talking about sales of new consoles from the last 3 months. The high failure rate of the original 360 no more makes the current version bad hardware than the overheating/failure rate of the PS1 makes the PS3 (which is a wonderful console) bad hardware. You really can't go wrong with any of the three top consoles, all of which in their current form offer consumers good gameplay experiences.

theflying_scot
theflying_scot

I have played games for the past 2 years on the PS3 mainly online, recently I was checking up graphics tests comparing many games from mw3, battlefield 3, fifa 12 , red dead redemption and batman city arkham, and on each test comparison I have to be honest and say the xbox 360 graphics looked more solid and the blacks are black where I find the Ps3 graphics to be bright, so taking the graphics into account and looking at the recent hack in to the psn, I decided to buy a xbox 360 for the better graphics and more better safer online play. So now I use the xbox 360 for gaming and the ps3 for media, films, blurays, music etc etc,,,the ps3 is a good console no question but the bottom line is xbox360 for gaming.

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

360 sucks indeed. Crappy hardware=crappy console. I feel so bad for MS

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@megakick The cell in the PS3 was made back in the mid to late 90's. I have a Pc mag about it next to me. Microsoft and IBM were working on it. MS walked away from it when Intel and AMD started to to pick up speed in the MHz.. LOL. The PS3's cell is just a updated but still powerful but that means nothing because they do not use it any more. LOL.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@Gaz9000 They can not count replacement consoles. There is a law that stops them or any comp from doing that. They have ways of knows like.. if a 360 is dead and not on line for almost a year, they call it a dead unit. If they see that a gamer tage was moved from one system to the other and that the system has no been used, they call it dead and do not count them. It is not 100% because they can only tell if one was send for a fix or if they have online network. Also people can't read or under stand what they are reading because it is what they sold not in home units. They to to places like gamestop, or what ever and they go by that number. lets say they sold 100 360 in one day but they are going to 15 or more stores. it some how works out to where the store only gets 4 or 5 360 units pre store. So, it is not in home units. Just units sold to stores.

Gaz9000
Gaz9000

It's funny how some ps3 owners come away with the same tripe about the 360sales figures being so high because everybody had to buy replacement consoles because of rrod, eh..well why is it when a multi format game comes out for both ps3 and 360 on the day of launch the 360 always vastly outsells the ps3 version...No No wait don't tell me, the 360 versions of the games get rrod too right? Lol No the vast majority of 360 owners whos 360 consoles had rrod sent them away to Microsoft to get fixed for free. The stupid minority wasted money buying a new one, it seems like there's a large amount of the stupid ones on this forum looking through these posts

megakick
megakick

IBM made chips for both. PS3 was in the works first then Xbox 360. So what they learned from making the PS3 IBM used to make the Xbox 360 more effecient. The cell processor found in the PS3 isn't even used anymore more failed Sony hype.

digi-demon
digi-demon

News like this makes the continuously poor 360 hardware sales numbers in Japan now seem just so insignificant... Imo PS3 & Xbox are just the same - consoles hardware was designed by 3rd parties and manufactured in China - brand loyalty is blinkered gaming.

paranormalnut
paranormalnut

@Soothsayer42 I was on a Ipod and typing fast.. At any rate. Both do what they should do. Play games. This brand war is just stupid. Why people get all crazy over who is selling more is just stupid. If the 360 is out selling the others, then they have something people want. Next gen is coming so lets see how that plays out. Sony might wanna step up because they will end up in the spot they are in now if they do not bring PS4 out around the same time next gen 360 is out.

PsychicKiller82
PsychicKiller82

The Xbox 360 is a great console, and I also have a Playstation 3 which is not a bad console. When it comes down to I like the Xbox 360 because it has better graphics on multi-platform games cause most are made on xbox and ported down to the Playstation. Xbox also has cross-game chat(Party chat) and on the other hand Playstation doesen't;in the end that's why I think it does so well on sells, It gives the gamers more of what they want. So thank you Microsoft.

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

Best. Console. Ever! Had mine since launch, still going strong, still the best console graphics, games, online service and apps! Can't wait to see what the next xbox will bring.