Xbox Sales Rising, as Minecraft Continues to Perform Well for Microsoft

Microsoft sold 1.4 million Xbox consoles during the latest quarter, up from 1.1 million last year.

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Microsoft on Tuesday reported earnings for the quarter ended June 30, and Xbox results were strong.

Microsoft sold 1.4 million combined Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during the three-month period, compared to 1.1 million during the same quarter last year. Overall Xbox platform revenue rose $86 million, or 10 percent. This was led by more consoles sold, but offset partially by lower Xbox One price points relative to where they were last year.

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In all, Microsoft sold a combined 12.1 million Xbox consoles during the fiscal year, compared to 11.7 million last year.

Not only were Xbox sales up year-over-year, but Xbox Live revenue rose by $205 million, thanks in part to more Xbox Live users overall and increased revenue per user.

In addition, the Minecraft franchise continued to post strong numbers. Revenue from Mojang's sandbox franchise, which Microsoft acquired last year for $2.5 billion, helped total Microsoft first-party revenue for the quarter increase $63 million, or 62 percent compared to last year.

Although Microsoft's Xbox division posted positive numbers, the company overall did not. For the quarter, Microsoft posted revenue of $22.2 billion, down from from $23.4 billion during the same period last year. The company posted an overall operating loss of $2.1 billion, compared to operating income of $6.5 billion last year. Importantly, however, the operating loss includes an $8.4 billion impairment charge related to the recent Nokia restructuring.

Microsoft will hold an earnings call to discuss these results and answer analyst questions, starting today at 2:30 PDT / 5:30 EDT. Check back later for more.

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ElectricHobo99

I have both an XB1 and a PS4 and the PS sees about %75 of total console use, but I do subscribe to OXM just because there are so few printed mags still around, and they'll have a field day with this news. they're so biased and do their fair share of Ps bashing, I don't see why they can't appreciate great games and give credit where due. I know I don't bash on great work.

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SterlingFox

This seems like a victory. But the reality is that this article is saying Microsoft still finished in last, only they were slightly less behind this time.

They need to stop making articles celebrating these meaningless "victories", because all they do is emphasize how poorly the Xbox is actually doing in comparison. The fact that they report on the Xbox selling and make a big deal out of it every single time it does even a little better, but DON'T do that for the PS4 whenever it sells better just goes to show how little people care about the Xbox.

Because apparently people buying the PS4 is expected and mundane so it doesn't need reporting. But people buying the Xbone is surprising and the fact that its not failing as badly is a shocking turn of events.

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blackace

@SterlingFox: You may not care, but millions of other gamers do. That fact that the XB1 is still selling better then last gen game console is pretty big news since both of last gen consoles sold over 80 million units each. I'd say that's something to cheer about. Sure the PS4 is selling more units this generation, but so did the Wii last gen. Did PS or XB fanboys care about the Wii out selling the PS3 and XBox 360 by a mile last gen? I think not. Sony is consistently post new of the PS4 sales and success. So why shouldn't Microsoft? The fact that trolls like yourself who thought and wished for the XB1 to be a complete failure and it's not happening seems to make you fools angry when articles like these appear. Give it a rest.

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SterlingFox

@blackace: Fun Fact: The PS3 and 360 both outsold the Wii last gen. That's the reason no one cares.

And your braindead, unstructured brick of text missed my point entirely. I'm not saying the Xbox is failing. I'm saying its not doing poorly. Which is why they don't need to make as big of a deal out of small victories.

But you didn't catch that, did you troll? "Give it a rest" indeed.

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EdwardNygma

Even I can admit MS is doing damage control. I love how they keep their 360 numbers mixed together and go by shipped rather than sold. This is probably the last gen I support MS especially with how weak the Xbox One is compared to the PS4.

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TheAleksMG

@edwardnygma: you really must be special kind of stupid or something.

Xbox one got so many features soon and what does ps4 do? Nothing compared.

I don't worry about it being behind in sales. Cause it still sale better than the 360 did at the same time when it came out.

So just go comment on a ps4 getting stability update article instead

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SterlingFox

@TheAleksMG: What does the PS4 do in comparison? It plays games better.

You may be surprised to know this since you're a mindless drone, but that's what video game consoles are for.

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Tony56723

Why do people think their system is going to "win" the system war? There is no winning. Just play your damn games and be happy they exist

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Daelusca

@tony56723: lol....this

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sladakrobot

How interesting...

Xbox consoles sales are growing and overall MS makes truckload of money with consoles and games and there is an anti-MS attack force in the comment section :-)

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blackace

@sladakrobot: There always is, because there are always PS biased trolls who want to see the XB1 fail.

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naryanrobinson

tl;dr version:

Price dropped 15%, sales rose 10%.

Just goes to show how you can frame anything how you like.

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archav3n

Microsoft is just trying to not look bad

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lrdfancypants

Shoo, stay away Bezos!

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xwulfd

Sony should learn from MS on sale report to make their systems looked good

Title : Sony Sold 21M PS4's and Vitas Combined!!

Article :ps4 = 20.9m , Vita = 100k

Vita has never been looked so good after reading that article title

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sampson3121

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! damage control :)

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blackace

@sampson3121: Facts = damage control? LOL!!! Back in line for that brain you missed out on.

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deathstream

@sampson3121: "Not only were Xbox sales up year-over-year, but Xbox Live revenue rose by $205 million, thanks in part to more Xbox Live users overall and increased revenue per user."

What damage?

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sampson3121

@deathstream: bunching 360 and one numbers together is damage control. PS4 was just announced the winner of June. Now we have MS coming out with hidden sales numbers, oops! I mean shipped numbers. You don't have to be a fanboy to acknowledge that fact.

Sony only gives ps4 sales numbers.

yes, DAMAGE CONTROL.

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blackace

@sampson3121: Sony was combining PS3, PS2 and PSVita numbers in the past. LOL!! I guess you forgot about that. Quarterly numbers are always shipped for both companies. So no Sony doesn't only give sold through numbers.

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sampson3121

@blackace: "Sony was combining PS3, PS2 and PSVita numbers in the past." link please.

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Hordriss

@deathstream said:

@sampson3121: "Not only were Xbox sales up year-over-year, but Xbox Live revenue rose by $205 million, thanks in part to more Xbox Live users overall and increased revenue per user."

What damage?

Quite. Seems like a Sony fanboy just being stupid. Still no shocker, a stupid comment coming from a fanboy. I really don't understand the fanboy mindset.

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blackace

@sampson3121: Making bonehead biased comments like yours is stupid.

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Hordriss

@sampson3121: That's your opinion. You're clearly just a blind fanboy, which kinda invalidates the opinion.

I'm more than happy with my Xbox One. I wouldn't mind having a PS4 as well, but the XB1 was my first choice.

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harlemsfinest27

@sampson3121: They don't like facts! Lol, this is damage control allll the way and they know it

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Tony56723

@harlemsfinest27: No it's just people who think the console wars actually matter.

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jtthegame316

@sampson3121: being a fan boy is stupid sony is not going to pay you for it

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ElmDreamer

I own a PS4, but with Microsoft upping their game I might get an X1 as well when the backwards compatability console retails in my country.

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bentleyj10

Microsoft should make the Xbox One come preloaded with one hundred hours of hentai porn in Asian markets.....it would sell like hotcakes.

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orangesonic

a strong xbox is good for everone, as is a strong ps4... there is no "better console"... is all about what do u want/need in a console

and off course there is legion of idiots known as the fanboys, who always think they are right and start stupid discussions to show how much they love a brand... because they spent money in it...

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jtthegame316

@orangesonic: people should buy based on games they want to play that is what i do. wii u and xbox one has the games I want so I have them both. ps 4 only really has uncharted 4 i am interested in so not gonna buy for one game. but there are others that ps 4 games interest so for them ps 4 is the choice but i don't agree with them bashing other for there choice sick of playstation snobbery. think we need more gamers like you.

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k959

@orangesonic: This is the mindset all gamer's need to adapt. The whole my console is better then your console bs need's to stop. same with the whole resolution "controversy". If you are so pity that you need to bash another person personal chose on what console they wish to play on it just shows how small a person you are.

I don't play favorites when it come to buying what system I wish to game on. I have bought everything I have ever owned myself so I had to skip some systems(still played them at friends houses) but I have owned a lot of systems from a NES to a 3k gaming pc that I'm playing on right now. The only consoles I have not bought to this date consists of the anything before the NES(before my time),PS1, PS2, Nintendo Wii and the WiiU. Every system has something unique to offer and you can miss out on so many good games when you play favorites with systems.

so in short if you wish, a true gamer wants every system, to play every game that looks fun to them. If you are so short sighted that you say no other system has good game's you are not a gamer but the village idiot that all the true gamer's point and laugh at.

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orangesonic

@k959: exactly!

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HenrySix

I thought rev would be down for Xbox

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Slannmage

Microsoft said Minecraft would make back the 2.5 billion by now... obviously not.

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deathstream

@Slannmage:

They didn't say that it would make back the $2.5 bn quickly. They said that it would make more money than that $2.5 bn would make in interest sitting in the bank.

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IAmMcGruber

@Slannmage: When did they say that? I heard by 2016 and it was a guess. Still a smart buy for them as minecraft is on all platforms including tablets and now a movie.