Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, commented on HoloLens at the end of last month. Just as Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, Nadella sees great potential in gaming:
“Just imagine what is possible with Minecraft. Gaming truly is a valuable part of millions of people’s lives and Microsoft will excel and increase our lead.”
Besides this, developer Jens Bergensten posted on Twitter:
“I’ve tried 2 Minecraft projects on #HoloLens. One is a toy, one is closer to the game, both are awesome! Very much wip, but definitely real”
We hear it all over the news: HoloLens is the future of gaming. But what reason does Microsoft give for this? Let’s have a look at Microsoft’s gross margins and revenues:
GameSpot summarized the most important numbers and identified the following key facts:
1. Shipment of Xbox consoles in Q4 2014
“Microsoft on Monday reported earnings results for the quarter ended December 31, 2014, revealing that the company shipped (i.e. sold to retailers) more than 6.6 million Xbox consoles during the period. This is down from 7.4 million consoles shipped during the same quarter last year.”
2. Xbox platform revenue
“Total Xbox platform revenue fell by 20 percent to $703 million, “due to customer preference for new generation of consoles,” Microsoft said. Total console volume fell by 10 percent, while Microsoft also recorded lower revenue from second- and third-party games and accessories.”
3. Total Revenue / Net income
“Overall, Microsoft reported revenue of $26.5 billion for the quarter, up from $24.5 billion last year. Net income was $5.8 billion, down from $6.6 billion last year.”
All in all, Microsoft mentioned that the Xbox One “sold out the rival Playstation 4” in the US and that they have had a “strong holiday season performance”.
Read GameSpot’s full article here and get more numbers & facts about the Gaming business!