Xbox Live transactional revenue up 25 percent

Microsoft reveals figure in latest earnings report; 1.2 million Xbox 360s sold during the period.

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Xbox Live transactional revenue was up >25 percent during the quarter ended September 30, Microsoft announced today as part of its latest earnings report. Specific sales numbers were not provided.

Xbox Live transactional revenue continues to grow this year. By comparison, for the quarter ended June 30, this revenue rose by 20 percent.

Microsoft also announced today that it sold 1.2 million Xbox 360 consoles during quarter, down from 1.7 million systems a year ago.

Overall, Microsoft's Devices & Consumer Hardware sector posted revenue of $1.48 billion, compared to $1.08 billion last year. This growth was attributed not to Xbox, but Surface, which added $400 million to the sector. Xbox figures are also counted in Microsoft's Devices & Consumer Hardware Other business unit, which recorded revenue of $1.64 billion, compared to $1.4 billion last year.

Total Microsoft revenue for the quarter was $18.53 billion, compared to $16 billion last year. Microsoft posted a profit of $5.24 billion during the quarter. The Xbox One launches on November 22.

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