Microsoft Sold 3.9 Million Xbox One Consoles In 2013
Microsoft reported its second quarter earnings today, and there was positive Xbox news to be found in the stronger than anticipated financial report.
The quarter, which ended on Dec. 31, 2013, saw better than expected numbers for Microsoft: $6.56 billion in net income on $24.52 billion in revenue over a three-month period. Weak Windows software sales were offset by strong Office sales, which seems to be enough to appease Wall Street. Microsoft’s stock price rose about 4.3 percent in after-hours trading today.
Along with the positive financial forecast, Microsoft disclosed that it sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles into the retail channel in Q2 FY2014, along with 7.4 million Xbox 360 consoles. “Sold into retail” numbers aren’t always identical to actual consoles sold to consumers, but with the Xbox One hard to find over the holidays, the numbers should be relatively close. The 3.9 million figure appears to be higher than previous estimates of 3 million flat, but it still falls short of the 4.2 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold by Sony. Maybe it’s the extra week the PS4 (November 15th, 2013) had over the Xbox One (November 22nd), but both figures are pretty respectable for new hardware.
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