Looks like Microsoft's focus on gaming and the Xbox One is finally paying off. With the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Minecraft and a strong portfolio of games this holiday season.
Microsoft has added 9 million new gamers to their Xbox Live monthly user base from the previous quarter for a total of 48 million users. That's a 30% increase year over year. The numbers were revealed in their FY2016 Q2 earnings earnings report filed today.
Gaming revenue grew by 9 percent and video games revenue grew 57%.
Interestingly, hardware revenue was down, which Microsoft attributes to lower volumes of Xbox 360 consoles being sold.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not yet revealed just how many Xbox One consoles were sold, although the number is likely healthy enough considering the Xbox Live users they pulled in over the last three months.
Microsoft may still trail Sony and their PlayStation 4, but their business looks healthier than ever.
With recent reports revealing that Microsoft has put Windows 10X on the backburner, the question around what the future looks like for Windows is more apparent than ever. Windows 10X was supposed to lay the foundation for the next generation of Windows, but with that no longer happening, where does that leave Windows as a whole?
Mass Effect 3 had a multiplayer mode, tangential to the main story and tacked on thanks to a corporate mandate. It was still great fun to play, and I'm going to miss it when the Legendary Edition launches without it.
November 15, 2021 will mark the 20 year anniversary of Xbox and Halo, and the Xbox team is starting to celebrate early. Starting today and lasting until this fall, Xbox is celebrating with new merch, announcements, fan events, and more.