“During Microsoft’s second quarter, the company sold a total of 1.1 million video game consoles, including both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One,” Bargain Bin writes via Seeking Alpha. “This was only a 10% increase in unit sales year-over-year, a surprisingly small increase that was partly due to excess retail inventory.”
“But looking at unit sales over the past few months, Microsoft has bigger problems than excess inventory, with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and even Nintendo’s Wii U trouncing the Xbox One. The situation looks dire for Microsoft,” Bargain Bin writes. “Why is the Xbox One still selling so poorly? Part of the problem is that third-party titles simply perform better on the PlayStation 4. The recent hit Watch Dogs, for example, runs at a resolution of 900p on the PlayStation 4 at 30 frames per second, but is limited to 792p on the Xbox One. It may be difficult to tell the difference for most people, but this is the kind of thing that undecided gamers look at before buying a console.”
“CEO Satya Nadella recently laid out Microsoft’s [latest] strategy, classifying the company as ‘a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,’ and the Xbox doesn’t really fit in with this vision,” Bargain Bin writes. “Although Nadella defended the Xbox, Microsoft is an enterprise facing company first, and the Xbox appears to be more of a distraction for the company than anything else. The Xbox is neither mobile-first nor cloud-first, and it might make sense for Microsoft to spin-off the unit.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, that’s too bad. 🙂
Xbox One: Yet another stupidly-named, poorly-planned piece of mediocrity from beleaguered Microsoft.
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