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Submitted by donniebaseball 731d ago | news

Xbox business sees operating income plunge 94% in Q1

Microsoft has announced its first-quarter earnings for the period ended on September 30, and the Entertainment and Devices Division, which houses the Xbox and interactive entertainment business, saw revenues roughly flat year-over-year at $1.95 billion while operating income dropped precipitously, down 94 percent to just $19 million, but at least the company remained in the black. Shipments of the Xbox 360 console dipped from 2.3 million to 1.7 million units for the period. (Industry, Microsoft, Xbox 360)

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Nawert  +   731d ago
Looks like people want the next gen.
omi25p  +   731d ago
Or maybe everyone who would buy a console already has one....
EVILDEAD360  +   731d ago
But wait till they get a load of Quarter 2.

Black Friday and Holiday sales on console

Windows 8

Halo 4

And now the word is Micrsoft Surface is selling out of the entry level model..

Looks like it might be an interesting quarter for them

Evil
lastdual  +   731d ago
Halo 4 will be small beans compared to what MS will make when Windows 8 launches next week.
thorstein  +   731d ago | Funny
Yay! I haven't read a doom and gloom article about consoles on N4G in at least 3 hours. I am so glad somebody submitted this. I was going through withdrawal.
doogiebear  +   731d ago
Or maybe it's because people want new exclusives, to not be charged for online, etc. PS3 sales are at an all time high. No complaints there from fans. However, next gen is still welcome too.
JONESY6  +   731d ago
Probably the only people that still buy Xbox 360s are people that have to replace their RED RINGED Xbox 360.
EVILDEAD360  +   731d ago
The other news was that out of the report was that the 360 shipped 70 Million. The article failed here immediatetly.

But, it's interesting that the 360 will probably end up at 80 million+ before the curtain falls.

Just to show how big this holiday may also end up huge..Kinect is going to be hotter than ever this holiday because of the big screen.

I don't know how MS pulled it off...but I just came back from Paranormal Activity 4 and it was the biggest Kinect commercial I ever saw.

Kinect was literally intertwined into the storyline and they did something in ot that I didn't even know Kinect could do, but will be emulated by millions after everyone sees it this weekend.

This may be the last hurrah for the 360 this year before the next gen, but like the Wii they had a good run. It's time to move on next year.

Evil
Blacktric  +   731d ago
Listing Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. One can't get more desperate than this.
MaxXAttaxX  +   731d ago
@EVILDEAD360
What does Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface have anything to do with Xbox?
How desperate can you get.

You did read that it says "Xbox", right?
abzdine  +   731d ago
it didnt even sell half of what the PS2 did or PSone did, so talk about everybody has one.

@EVILDEAD360: What a braindead fanboy you are. you sound like a microsoft executive trying to promote his console. Comment about the 94% fall or shut up. Kinect is a fail, you are the only one saying good things about itthe technology is broken it works correct 1/10 times. Remember that hype about Kinect Star Wars ? One of the worst motion controls games ever. Nothing for the hardcore, only desperate chick stuff.

http://www.otakufreaks.com/...
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Athonline  +   731d ago
@Evildead360

As a freelancer software engineer I know fora fact that most businesses won't adopt Win8 anytime soon. The costs of upgrading and most importantly training personnel for the new UI that Win8 uses is far greater than the advantages over Win7. Even people in the IT industry switch to OS X/ Linux. There is a decline in the PC industry.
For MS Surface, at the current price it won't be a blockbuster. The price isn't competitive enough to compete with iPad and other well-established tablets. Moreover Apple is bringing out a new, cheaper iPad... It will sell, but not much, especially now that MS confirmed Office is coming for iOS/Android.

Oh and the article was about X-Box, not MS in general!
EVILDEAD360  +   731d ago | Well said
'What does Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface have anything to do with Xbox?
How desperate can you get.
You did read that it says "Xbox", right'

LOL @ desperate..you did read the actual ARTICLE right?

Which is refers not ONLY to the 'Xbox' like the title, but THEN goes onto talk about the current quarter, which I was referring to and mentions Micrsoft Surface, Windows 8, AND Halo 4.

Here's the quote from the 4 paragraph article, which I'm SURE you read but for you got all emotional and started pretending I was desperate..

'Microsoft as a whole announced quarterly revenue of $16.01 billion for the quarter with net income of $4.47 billion. The current quarter will be a crucial one for the company with the release of Windows 8, the Surface tablet, and in the Xbox space, of course, Halo 4.'

So wait it gets better..

'@EVILDEAD360: What a braindead fanboy you are. you sound like a microsoft executive trying to promote his console'

LMAO at this fankid starting his comment with..

Bu-bu-but 'it didn't sell half as much as the PS2' but then he tries to call me out?

Does the title or the article mention the PS2? Does the article even mention Sony?

LOL..So I guess I'm allowed to call you a 'braindead' fankiddie so desperate that he has to use last gen PS2 sales in an article about this quarters Micrsoft operating income.

But, if I do exactly what you did I'm wrong right? LOL

Edit

@ Athonline

'Oh and the article was about X-Box, not MS in general!'

LOL..the article is about the operatining budget of the Entertainment and Services division which houses the Xbox, but also produces Windows 8, Surface, Windows phone, the games form PC to Halo 4...you know..all the stuff I mentioned.

Also let me clarify from above when I said

'The other news was that out of the report was that the 360 shipped 70 Million. The article failed here immediatetly.'

I dont mean THIS article fails..I meant the other article that also talked about the shipment numbers 'Failed' as it didnt get approved. This article is fine.

Evil
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abzdine  +   731d ago
that's an example i gave you.. you talk about everybody owns one so i gave you a counter example of what you say. could have been a Gameboy or SNES or PSP or whatever console that sold more.
Your nickname tells better what kind of a person you are and what your preferences are, dont try to play the objective guy just try to assume it.

" I just came back from Paranormal Activity 4 and it was the biggest Kinect commercial I ever saw "

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Blacktric  +   731d ago
@Evil

See you in a couple of months after Windows 8 and Surface gets tanked.
DragonKnight  +   731d ago
@EVILDEAD360: Would you just give it a rest? Seriously. Your PR schtick is really old.
bangshi  +   730d ago
Quite correct.

Market saturation has occured/is occuring.

Thus, they need the next-gen to make sure their revenues do not continue to fall.

So the original commenter is quite correct.
FredEffinChopin  +   730d ago
@Evildead360

How was what you said a reply to omi25p at all?

I don't know what is most nauseating about you, the fact that you'll just insert yourself wherever you're most visible, regardless of what comment thread you derail, the fact that you seem to think you will melt if any non-flattering fact about MS goes uncontested by you and your spin-machine, or the fact that you leave a signature on article comments as if someone is going to challenge the authenticity of your drivel. The only thing I'm certain about is that you come across as a really sad individual.

Yes, that was a personal attack, in case anyone is hovering indecisively over the button. Be fair though, and use that "not a reply" button when it's called for too.
bangshi  +   730d ago
@EVILDEAD360

Windows 8 is not housed within IEB... an operating system is hardly 'entertainment'.

Services within Windows 8 (ie. Xbox Music etc) are, but not Windows 8 itself. That has its own department.
dedicatedtogamers  +   731d ago
Yeah it's pretty common that profits drop significantly as a console generation comes to a close. But it'll shoot up (for everybody) around the holidays again.
mcstorm  +   731d ago
I agree. Sales always dip off in this quarter as there is not many big name games out. But Look what we have in the next 3 months. Forza Horizon, Halo 4, COD BO, MOH, NFS, Doom, Fable, Dance Central 3, Just dance 5, Asian's creed, FarCry 3 and Hitman are just a few that will help sell consoles plus add that to the Christmas rush I see Microsoft Nintendo and Sony having a good 3 months.
Britainz-Fin3st  +   730d ago
Also we are in a global recession showing no signs of slowing.
hellvaguy  +   731d ago
I want next gen, but to get what id like in hardware specs, at an acceptable price point for most gamers, its better to wait until next fall or the following year. Vesus rushing something out thats half concieved and not as powerful as youd like.
CraigandDayDay  +   731d ago
Totally agree man. I want some pretty powerful next Gen consoles. But I don't want to pay more than $400 or so.
kma2k  +   731d ago
Im just hoping my systems hold up until next gen, im sacred to use my ps3 since its an old 40gb fat the fans go into hyper loud almost all the time. I only touch it for exclusives anymore but it scares me to use it.
Barneyco  +   731d ago
It sounds like you need to get the thermal paste replaced. It made a world of difference on my 40gb fat ps3. Check gophermods.com, they did a great job on mine. Good luck
hellvaguy  +   731d ago
The bearings on your fans are worn out and not getting proper lubrication is why they get loud when they are old.

Watch a youtube video and buy a $10-20 fan. Very easy fix, but a little time consuming to get inside game consoles.
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kma2k  +   731d ago
@barneyco thank you i didnt know anyone offered a cleaning service i thought it was all after it broke kinda thing. Im gonna send my ps3 in asap! Thank you!
doogiebear  +   731d ago
Get a slim or superslim, it has a buttload of memory, however, if u want ps2 compatability, then nevermind
moparful99  +   730d ago
I made the mistake of trying to clean my launch 60 myself.. I carefully took the system apart and memorized where every component, screw, wire and cleaned it carefully. While puttig it back together a wire that goes from the touch panel on the front to the blu ray drive was pinched by a screw and grounded it.. When I turned the system on it turned on fine then made a strange noise and red lighted... that was 3 years ago, but I have a slim now that runs phenomenally..
SirBradders  +   730d ago
@MOPARFUL99
I made a similiar mistake on my 60fat, it all happened when that date glitch happened a few years ago instead of just thinking it was a software problem I opened it up thinking I'm some repair guy forgot the plug was still on and tried undoing a screw latched on to the power pack somehow and let's just put it this way I got stuck to the screw driver for a few seconds and jumped up like a fairy lol then nerd raged battered it and had to buy a slim.
Ranma1  +   731d ago
I used to be a sony fanboy.

But now I love my Xbox, PS3 and Wii.

But still i love the PS3 the most, although i play on 360 most because i have 100+ games on that

;)
shivvy24  +   731d ago
lol at the haters disliking ur opinion
JellyJelly  +   731d ago
I dislike the fact that he's obviously pirating 360 games. Hence the wink at the end.
carlocgc  +   730d ago
I like the fact he's pirating Xbox games.
Britainz-Fin3st  +   730d ago
Can you guys tell me where you got your psychic powers from?
I have over a hunder 360 games and im no pirate.
forestfrog  +   731d ago
looks like people wantbthe next gen.
nintendojunkie28  +   731d ago
You're a frog.
Kurt Russell  +   731d ago
you're a junkie :P
The Meerkat  +   730d ago
You're Snake Plissken!!!!!!!!!!
beerkeg  +   730d ago
You're a suricate.
HeartDisease  +   730d ago
you are dinner 4/7 nights a week.
torchic  +   731d ago
Intel, Google, now Microsoft.

all the tech giants are posting weak earnings, so I don't think next generation has all to do with it, maybe a little bit
fermcr  +   731d ago
Decrease in console sales is not surprising. Lot of people are waiting for next gen and Microsoft didn't release big hitters for that period.

Big hitters (Halo and Forza) are to be released this quarter, and Gears to be released 1st quarter next year.

After that i expect a new console announced at E3, and released October/November 2013.
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Bigpappy  +   731d ago
There a lot of gamers who are looking forward to next gen Xbox and PS, which will start next fall at least for Xbox. But the sales problem, I think, has more to do with the lack luster summer, as far as games are concern. The last new game I bought was ME3. I did finally pick up The Witcher2 for 360, but that was out for a while.

Remember, PS3's aren't exactly flying off the shelves either. The economy is still weak, and people will only spend money when you give them a good reason to (Halo 4). Watch those numbers shoot up this fall.
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Britainz-Fin3st  +   730d ago
Hmm. IMO gamers who are waiting for the next gen already have a console.

Infact i doubt there are many people out there whom are thinking of buying a ps3 or xbox but deciding not to just because some un-anounced consoles maybe close round the corner.

Sales might be slowing down because of tough economic times, not everyone has disposable income at the moment with all costs soaring sky high.
darkride66  +   731d ago
I expected 360 sales to be down roughly 40% again, because that's what they've been down all this year and that's also the dip we're seeing in the US. There's been nothing to change that. However, seeing profits for the EDD drop 94% was a bit unexpected. That certainly doesn't compute with the drop in 360 sales we've seen.

This article doesn't mention it but the reason for the drop in income is rather exciting. Microsoft has officially kicked their Xbox R&D department into full gear. While everyone knows the 360 was nearing the end of it's lifecycle, we haven't thus far seen the increase in spending that would indicate the next Xbox was full speed ahead. We're seeing it now, and if the Xbox 360's development is anything to go by, based on how quickly the 360 was released after the R&D suddenly kicked into high gear, I think it's now pretty much official. We'll see a new Xbox revealed at E3 and launched holiday 2013.

They're going to beat the next Playstation to market again as there's no indication in Sony's financials of an increase in R&D big enough to indicate a new console. Unless, of course, we see that increase in R&D spending in Sony's financials in a few weeks. If that's the case, next Christmas could be very interesting, but I somehow doubt Sony's ready for the next gen so soon, and PS3 sales aren't slowing nearly to the degree we've seen from the Wii or 360. 2014 is more likely.
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hardcorehippiez  +   731d ago
good point
but i remember a while back that sony said they wouldnt be investing too much into r+d this time round as they already had done that with the ps3 and layed out the plan for the ps4 within that cost hence reusing bluray and cell. dont forget all weve heard so far have been rumour and speculation. if sony go with updated cell and faster br drive then they dont need to spend much on r+d there and didnt sony just buy out gaikai . thats a pretty big investment thats guaranteed to be used with the ps4. relax the ps4 is coming soon.
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moparful99  +   730d ago
You are doing an awful lot of speculating. For starters Microsoft would be foolish to release the next box so soon. Did they not learn their lesson after rushing the 360 to market and eating a 1billion dollar repair bill? They have an established fan base, however there would be far less tolerance of a console that fails at such a high rate.

Sony on the other hand thinks way in the future. A larger chunk of the R&D that was spent during the ps3 development was also intended to lay the ground work for the ps4. Blu-ray being the biggest component of that plan.. Now that blu-ray is established and the standard hd media it will drive down the development costs of the ps4 which tanslates to a cheaper price tag.. Sony will release at or around the same time as the next xbox...
pablo-b  +   730d ago
nice post darkride.

but i think you are correct about the next xbox coming next year. i also think that they will beat sony out the gate because sony arent nowhere near ready.

sonys sales arent spectacular either! so i dont think that that is the reason. i personally think that sony just dont have the reslurces (money) to allocate towards ps4 r&d. or the board has not made it a priority, or they want the ps3 to return even more before they sanction a new console etc.. we just dont know!

when sony showed off some new i.ps this late into the cycle (not long in germany i think), it just smacked of "we dont have any plans for a new console anytime soon".

quite honestly, if sony give microsft and nintendo big headstarts, it could end up an absolute disaster for them.

i hope for the sake of console gaming that they dont!
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beerkeg  +   730d ago
Lol at moparful99 the Sony Insider Tech expert.
DiRtY  +   731d ago
I expected these articles, but not from gamesindustry.biz

The Xbox 360 still makes enough money to compensate Windows Phone. That is the real news here.

They increased their R&D (Xbox 3), carried WinPhone and made 19 million USD.

MS as a whole and the Xbox business as well are by far in the best situation out of the three manufacturers.
KUV1977  +   731d ago
All it needs is more Kinect-Titles :D
DOOMZ  +   730d ago
You can bet I DO!
Edward75  +   730d ago
The difference between MS and Sony.... Sales dropped but MS stayed out of the red. Sony cant get in the black.
morkendo23  +   730d ago
Shipments of the Xbox 360 console dipped from 2.3 million to 1.7 million units for the period

all the tech giants are posting weak earnings, so I don't think next generation has all to do with it, maybe a little bit.
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Omnislash  +   730d ago
@EVILDEAD360

http://careers.microsoft.co...

Youre on the wrong site pal, why are you doing it for free when you can land youself a job spewing BS for Microsoft?
ChunkyLover53  +   731d ago
Market is saturated, but we have to keep in mind that R&D and the Windows Phone count towards Xbox operations. The Xbox 360 actually makes profits on units sold.
Muffins1223  +   731d ago
Yea,like 3 years ago,the new xbox slim is very durable and never gets RROD.... ignorant comment
palaeomerus  +   731d ago
R&D is "research and development" meaning spending money to develop new technology to be used in future consumer oriented products and services (like a new console possibly next year) not "Red Ring of Death".

So your 'ignorant comment' comment was kind of ignorant.
glennco  +   731d ago
BURN!
NastyLeftHook0  +   730d ago
ouch, i hope all is well.......
beerkeg  +   730d ago
What?
Dlacy13g  +   731d ago
I am sure all the console makers are going to see similar numbers given how rough this year was for hardware sales.
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unchartedxplorer  +   731d ago
But it's still a sharp drop. It looks like people are either hungry for next-gen. We'll have to wait and see if the ps are experiencing the same crisis
Dungeoncrawler  +   731d ago
The fact game designers have lost all innovation does not help any of the platforms either. Speaking of which, I've heard rumors that Halo 4 can be completed in 5 hours.
hiptanaka  +   731d ago
Of course, you won't see any Xbox doom-and-gloom articles or a paper titled "Why Microsoft should leave the hardware business".
turnerdc  +   731d ago
In all honesty though Sony's situation is much more dire.
aquamala  +   731d ago
Microsoft made 4.47 billion just last quarter

Sony barely made profit last quarter (80 million) after 4 years of losses
dubt72  +   731d ago
It's also because the Xbox rules. Just like O'Doyle.
FordGTGuy  +   731d ago
Microsoft and Sony are not that comparable in the grand scheme of things. Microsoft and Sony might compete in the gaming console market but other than that they either keep to themselves or even work with each other.

As far as companies go they are on different levels.

Microsoft Market Cap 248~ billion dollars.
Sony Market Cap 12.39~ billion dollars.
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Cam977  +   731d ago
Fanboys. That's the problem.
pasko22   731d ago | Spam
pasko22  +   731d ago
Shipments of the Xbox 360 console dipped from 2.3 million to 1.7 million units for the period.

worst jul-sep quarter since 2006/07
Dante112  +   731d ago
@ pasko

Oh wow, I didn't know that. Very unfortunate. Things will pick back up (well at least I hope so)
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Cocozero  +   731d ago
Its all about making money now, since MS knows they have beaten Sony for marketshare. Even with the massive losses from WP7 they are still in the black from the 360.
StreetsofRage  +   731d ago
The Xbox 360 is not in trouble. They were the number 1 worldwide console of 2011 with 14.9 million consoles sold compared to the ps3's 14.1 and the wii's 10.3. These numbers are straight from the fiscal reports.

As for this year, I would imagine numbers would be low for everybody considering next gen is around the corner.
Godmars290  +   731d ago
Why doesn't the fact that its the industry that's in trouble? Why?!
BitbyDeath  +   731d ago
You are wrong StreetsofRage, the below is from the fiscal report. Sony sold more in 2011.

'On the home console front, Sony’s PS3 was the best-selling home console moving 13.9 million units, whereas Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 13.6 million & Nintendo’s Wii sold 9.84 in the same timeframe.'

Here's a link to backup my claim-

http://www.examiner.com/art...
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Godmars290  +   731d ago
So, that's a "no" to the d*ck waving contest over the bigger issue of game quality and general creative stagnation in the industry? At least towards consoles as PC tablets and handhelds continue to be overrated as full replacements.
StreetsofRage  +   731d ago
I'm never wrong...

http://www.geekwire.com/201...

This was discussed at this year's E3 also.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/...

For more in depth...

Jan.-March 2011: 2.7 million http://bit.ly/wHT3GY
April-June 2011: 1.7 million http://bit.ly/A6oI6V
July-September 2011: 2.3 million http://bit.ly/wIUV2U
October-December: 8.2 million http://bit.ly/yVAARX

That's a total of 14.9 million units for 2011.

If you need anymore convincing, scroll down that first site for detailed information by the author. It seems people keep confusing when fiscal years end or they use vgcharts as a reliable source. These are the correct numbers for 2011.
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BitbyDeath  +   731d ago
I see, it seems you are reading calendar year where others are reading from fiscal year.

Calendar obviously being - Jan-Dec
Fiscal (in Japan) 1st April - 31st March

Calendar year 360 did do better
Fiscal year PS3 did better
torchic  +   731d ago
not being a fanboy but performance is always judged on fiscal year reports, BitdyDeath is right.

it's amazing how the media purposefully misread the figures to make it seem that the 360 was the top selling console last year, wow.
DigitalRaptor  +   731d ago
"I'm never wrong"

Well.. that ended well! ;)
boybato  +   731d ago
I see you're hurt and just felt the need to make sales comparison.

"I'm never wrong... " keep telling that to yourself.
TheRealHeisenberg  +   731d ago
"it's amazing how the media purposefully misread the figures to make it seem that the 360 was the top selling console last year, wow."

It is a matter of perspective. Companies, the media, and people can spin facts and/or numbers to support whatever agenda that they see fit.

You have smoked too much of my product if can't see that.
jetlian  +   731d ago
MS fiscal year doesnt run from april to march. You could look at this article and come to that.

And if they were talking about 2011 in fiscal years that would have been mar 2011 for sony and june 2011 for MS. But we both know they waited to after xmas to start the who won.

Meaning they were talking about calender years which MS won bitbydeath is wrong. Also to note 600K consoles less should have dropped operating income to such a degree unless nextbox is in full production =)
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I_am_Batman  +   731d ago
Dude your posting these numbers in every second comment of yours. Everytime I see you commenting you try to convince people that the Xbox 360 is the number 1 best selling console in the world. Are you working for MS or what? Even if these numbers were right Sony and Microsoft shipped almost the same number of consoles since launch. And Nintendo shipped enough for the whole generation with Wii-U coming in a month. So what's your point?
dollison27  +   731d ago
Oh no Microsoft is doomed...they should exit the console business.
dollison27  +   731d ago
Stupid five reason why Microsoft should exit the business articles comence in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1....
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   731d ago
It's expected almost 7 years on the market the moment will slow daown eventually.

Allot of people in the U.S already have Xboxs, MS probably trying to sell to the people who are still pondering or unsure about picking up one. I can't find a better time than the holidays.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   731d ago
It's expected almost 7 years on the market the moment will slow down eventually.

Allot of people in the U.S already have Xboxs, MS probably trying to sell to the people who are still pondering or unsure about picking up one. I can't find a better time than the holidays.
xbob627  +   731d ago
Or maybe people are tired of Microsoft being greedy bastards....I am on the verge of saying screw it and be just PC gamer
jib  +   731d ago
you're going to be a pc gamer.. using what OS for your gaming exactly?
xbob627  +   731d ago
Windows..so .......I don't have to pay to play or change crap on my PC....I have two xbox 360s and I like them just hate all the other crap I have to put up with..........all those stupid advertisements and free or paid services can only be accessed if you have gold. I will always have a console as well....
carlocgc  +   730d ago
I would recommend getting a PC if you really enjoy games the experience is leaps and bounds above consoles not to mention PC exclusives are unique like Giant RTS games like Total War even FPS game like battlefield are just meant to be played on PC. well worth the investment.

after my 3rd Xbox died I googled how to build a PC bought the parts and was blown away. My PC is my Pride and joy Ive upgraded it all inside of 2 years and built a second PC out of the spare parts now me and my buddy play games on my LAN from seperate rooms. ill sell the spare when time comes to buy a next gen console for the living room :)
StrongMan  +   731d ago
This is sad news. I hope Xbox does better soon.
Dante112  +   731d ago
That's a big drop off. Very sad news, but hopefully the holidays will boost sales up again.
Gamer-Z  +   731d ago
It seems the Xbox 360 has reached market saturation.
andibandit  +   731d ago
Like the report mentioned, the statistic is heavily offset by the release og gears last year vs. Nothing so far this year. I believe the numbers would still be in a decline, had gears3 contribution, been filtered away, but not at 94%
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   731d ago
there's one console that is still impressing people even late into this current gen!
Marquis_de_Sade  +   731d ago
Indeed, Forza Horizon is brilliant and Halo 4 looks to be on another level. That's what you meant, right?
TheUndertaker85  +   730d ago
Wasn't aware Forza or Halo were consoles...

Just sayin.
Marquis_de_Sade  +   730d ago
N4G should come with a basic intelligence test. Anyone with half a brain could see I was referring to the 360 through it's games, just as it was glaringly apparent IWentBrokeForGaming was referring to the PS3 with his post. Seems the jibe went right over your head, probably happens a lot.
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josephayal  +   731d ago
It's a bad day in the game industry
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   731d ago
I wonder if the 360 will still receive support when the next xbox comes out.
WiiLovePS360  +   731d ago
That is an astonishing drop, but you have to remember that the quarter that it is being compared to in 2011 had Gears of War 3 release, which sold over 3 million copies in its first week. That alone accounts for a lot of that income drop for this years corresponding quarter.

They still ran at a profit even with all the spending on Win 8/Win Phone 8/Xbox Music/R&D for the next Xbox/etc and no blockbuster releases on the Xbox, so while they wouldn't be ecstatic I would say they would still be happy with the figures.
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BitbyDeath  +   731d ago
Good point, 360 will bounce back as soon as Halo releases.
carlocgc  +   730d ago
i think everyone who plays Halo probably has an xbox already
moparful99  +   730d ago
1 game is responsible for a 94% differnce? Hardly. Sure it had some impact but not that dramatic.
1upgamer99  +   731d ago
Wii sold How many Million more than Xbox360? Wii U is right around the corner. If a 360 and Wii U were side by side and I didn't have either I would pic up a Wii U. You could argue that 360 has more games, but the Wii U is backwards compatible, and the Downloadable content is there as well. Also most of the ports are going to be better on Wii U. Perhaps Microsoft should stop porting their first party games to PC and then people would have to by an Xbox instead of just waiting a year or so to play them on PC..
SlipperyMooseCakes  +   731d ago
The Xbox 360 is at around 70 million and the Wii at around 96 or so. The 360 is a current generation console that launched in 2005, the Wii U launching in 2013 and hasn't even come out yet. You have no idea if the next Xbox will be backwards compatible and ports could be superior on the next version as well. You can't directly compare them.
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Marquis_de_Sade  +   731d ago
" If a 360 and Wii U were side by side and I didn't have either I would pic up a Wii U"

I'm pretty sure all but the most ardent of fanboys would take a Wii U over either PS3 or 360 right now, it's new tech after all.
1upgamer99  +   730d ago
I love PS3, its just I'm not a big fan Microsoft Consoles. Like I said, most of the games come out on PC at some point. Halo games are Xbox 1st party and they get released on PC (Eventually) So that is Why I would buy a Wii U over an Xbox360.
Marquis_de_Sade  +   730d ago
Not really true, more Halo games haven't been released on PC than have. Only CE & 2 are present on PC, leaving 3, ODST, Reach and Wars. I'm currently without a console having recently sold my PS3 and would sooner get a Wii U than either a PS3 or 360, it's something new and exciting.
1upgamer99  +   731d ago
Uhh, dude you missed the point. The Wii U will be out in NOVEMBER 2012... I did not say anything about Nextbox being backwards compatible....The PORTS I WAS TALKING about are The ports to Wii U and that are on the 360 and PS3...So why the heck would they take a 360 game and put them on the 720??? I was just saying that until Nextbox comes out the Wii U is the better deal, more games more fun. If
TheUndertaker85  +   730d ago
Wait, what?

How does a system that's not even out yet supposedly have more games compared to the 360 and PS3 that have been out for 6+ years now? I'm no genius but the word backlog comes to mind, something the PS3 and 360 have that the WiiU does not.

Unless you want to talk about that backlog of Wii games for the WiiU, but then why are you wasting two to three times the money on a WiiU when you could simply buy a Wii to play those Wii games on?
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