We Are Driving Growth in Gaming, Says Microsoft CEO

Xbox Live is apparently the key.

Posted By | On 20th, Jul. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Yesterday, Microsoft shared their latest financial report, and the picture wasn’t all that pretty for the gaming division, which saw revenues go down- something that Microsoft are undoubtedly desperately hoping will change with the Xbox One S and the Xbox One Scorpio’s release. However, even with that drop-off, it sounds like the company is satisfied with its position in gaming.

“We continue to drive growth in gaming, by connecting fans on Xbox Live across Windows 10, iOS and Android,” CEO Satya Nadella said during the financial report conference call yesterday (via DualShockers). “Just this quarter we launched our Minecraft Realms subscription on Android and iOS. Overall Engagement on Xbox Live is at record levels, with more than 49 million monthly active users, up 33% year over year.

“At  E3 we announced our biggest line-up of exclusive games ever for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs, and we announced Xbox Play Anywhere titles, where gamers can buy a game once, and play it on both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One. We also announced two new members of the Xbox One consoles family, the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio.”

I want to say that Microsoft’s Xbox Anywhere initiative, as well as Xbox Scorpio, are definitely bold and progressive in their vision- but at the same time, are Microsoft really driving growth in gaming any more? The console market is dominated by PlayStation, the most successful and valuable IPs in the world are owned by Nintendo, and they have no control over iOS and Android, which are the most successful gaming platforms in the world. Xbox Live is successful, yes, and it is good that it has opened up to so many platforms- but its reach is limited by the other factors mentioned above.

That said, I hope Microsoft can rebound- this market is best when Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are evenly matched and duking it out, like they did last generation.

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  • Doggystyle

    This is getting embarrassing.

    • Nintengods

      Yeah. M$ and $ony getting completely obliterated by Nintendo in one week with only one game

      I’d just leave the industry at that point. There’s no coming back for either when the NX comes out and destroys them

    • Troy Marcel

      Wishful thinking on your part.

    • kee1haul

      Look more closely on who really is the big daddy. MS worth BILLIONS more.

    • Michael

      Yea, but for sony. Out of the 3 sony is dead last in revenue. Nintendo just passed them a few days ago.Ms just went over 420 billion. Sony can sell 300, 000,000 ps4’s and they wont even be close to ms….lol

  • Mark

    Microsoft’s gonna be leaving the business…..guess I’ma go find me the DreamCast on EBAY somewhere

    • jp

      Microsoft leaving the business? lol

    • Mark

      Sarcasm haha, C’mon JP!

  • red2k

    The reality is the majority of XBL users are from XB 360 that console is obsolete and it have the days counted. The question is what they are going to do when those users left the console… What would be the offer? Buy a Xbox One S or Scorpio and pay XBL??? or buy a PC and play free? The option is pretty simple buy a PC.

    • Claude the God

      Console will always be the first choice for the majority of gamers. Scorpio will do 4k at 60fps at an attractive price point. No need to build a pc after that.

    • Riggybro

      PC/Windows 10 is swallowing up Xbox not the other way around!

      Scorpio specs are already sliding towards low-mid end and it’s STILL 18 months away (check out the latest budget cards from AMD and Nvidia – that is basically what you are getting).
      Phil has already said Scorpio is approx a GTX 980.

    • epiqo5ky

      GTX 980 low mid? hah 😀

    • Riggybro

      There has been a leap in GPU technology.

      The new budget cards 1060/480 outperform a 980.

      Imagine what it will be like in 18 months.

    • Psionicinversion

      it is now yeah. the new 1060 is about 980 performance or bit faster

    • Psionicinversion

      hahaha no scorpio will not do 4K at 60fps unless you majorly downgrade the gfx settings

  • Nintengods

    M$ leaving the industry confirmed. $ony leaving soon after more film and exclusives flop and their electronics divisions get destroyed by Samsung and LG again.

    Gaming should be for the gamers. Only Nintendo knows how to make real games.

    • Troy Marcel

      Really?? Have you played the abomination that it star fox on the wii u,

  • Mr Xrat

    Driving growth in being utterly unwanted, they mean.

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    • Nintengods

      That’s basically M$ and $ony’s gameplan since Nintendo is now obliterating them.

      I expect M$ to just cut off support for Xbone while $ony quietly tries to bury the P$ Snore like the NX after Nintendo destroys it with the NX.

      I’d hate to be a M$ or $ony fan right now. Must be agonising having no games and losing to Nintendo again like it’s 2006


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