Microsoft has posted its best-ever quarter in terms of games-related earnings.
In its latest financial report, it stated that for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, its games-related revenue was $4.23 billion, from
The report shows that despite a year-on-year drop in games hardware sales – down 19 per cent – games-related software and services sales were up 31 per cent year-on-year. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said: “Our strong commercial cloud results reflect our deep and growing partnerships with leading companies in every industry including retail, financial services, and healthcare. We are delivering differentiated value across the cloud and edge as we work to earn customer trust every day.”
The report also stated that Xbox Live monthly average users increased (across the Xbox, PC and mobile platforms) by 8 per cent to 64 million, with Xbox Game Pass and Mixer users also hitting: “All-time highs”.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is known to be working on the successor to the Xbox One, codenamed Scarlett. Since the financial report highlights that Xbox One sales are slowing – unsurprisingly for a console which has been on sale for five years – it’s a fair bet that the company will unveil Scarlett before too long.
In the meantime, you might want to watch Microsoft’s official Xbox website.