Xbox One X Helps Grow Revenue for Microsoft as Game Sales Fall

Xbox One X Helps Grow Revenue for Microsoft as Game Sales Fall

Game sales are down compared to last year however.

Microsoft reported its earnings for the last quarter ending on December 31, and according to the company the Xbox gaming division's total revenue rose by $303 million, or 8 percent. The total is now $3.9 billion. Sales were helped by the launch of the Xbox One X which came out in November 2017, though the company did no disclose sales numbers for the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X

The report paints a pretty fascinating look into the Xbox business as it is today. Even though we don't have the sales numbers for the Xbox One X, we know that hardware revenue rose by 14 percent, and that software and services also jumped 4 percent thanks to Xbox Live. However, that growth comes at the heels of lower game sales, which fell in the previous quarter compared to last year. A common conversation right now around Xbox as you know is in regards to the company's software library.

Still, Xbox Live continues to grow with Microsoft posting 59 million active Xbox Live users across Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360.

So while from a hardware and services perspective, it seems like Xbox is on solid footing with the Xbox One X and its Xbox Live services. However, with rumors swirling about the state of Xbox games, it looks like questions will continue about how Xbox will boost its gaming library.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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