Microsoft shared its financial results for Q3 of 2018, i.e. the period from 1 January to 31 March. During this period, the revenue of USD 30.6 billion was generated, i.e. 14% higher than in the corresponding three months of the previous year. In turn, operating profit rose by 25% to $10.3 billion.
These are the results of the whole company, but we are most interested in the company's Xbox division, which covers all of Microsoft's activities on the gaming market. In this category, revenue of $2.36 billion was recorded, an increase of 5%. What is interesting, however, such a result was obtained despite the decreasing role of hardware.
Sales of consoles and accessories manufactured by Microsoft decreased by 33%. At the same time, however, revenue from games and services grew by 12%. The company openly admitted that this was mainly due to the excellent results achieved by games from other publishers.
For Microsoft, a decrease in revenue from sales of hardware is not a cause for concern. The current generation of consoles is almost six years old. Releasing more powerful models has helped to keep players interested, but everyone is looking forward to the next generation.
Both Microsoft and Sony are already working on new consoles. According to recent rumors, Xbox Anaconda will have a better specification than PlayStation 5.
- Xbox official website