Microsoft has launched its Q3 earnings, and it suggests the present console era is slowing down and prepared for an additional refresh. Xbox console gross sales fell by 33% year-over-year, which the corporate attributes to a easy lower in gross sales quantity. In different phrases, persons are merely shopping for fewer Xbox consoles.
However, the information wasn’t too grim for Microsoft. Overall recreation income truly elevated by 5% year-over-year, due to robust third-party software program gross sales and subscriptions. Xbox Live’s month-to-month energetic customers hit 63 million, up 7% from final 12 months. Altogether the video games division raised $2.36 billion in income for the quarter, an YOY improve of $112 million.
The Xbox One is greater than six years previous now, so the lower in console gross sales suggests Microsoft is hitting a saturation level. That’s when console producers are likely to eye a brand new era, and Microsoft might begin to clarify its imaginative and prescient for the subsequent Xbox at E3. In the meantime, it launched the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a brand new SKU of the console that lacks any disc drive and solely performs downloaded video games.
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s competitors has gotten first to the gate in beginning to clarify its plans for the approaching era. PS4 architect Mark Cerny started to outline some details on the next generation of PlayStation, together with backwards compatibility, a solid-state drive, and different tech specs. It will not be disc-less, which can set it aside from the subsequent Xbox, however that is still to be seen. Microsoft is planning a streaming service that seemingly will combine with its future console plans.