Xbox Stopped Revealing Console Sales Due To Focus On Growth As Ecosystem

Expert Verified By

"Sales Don't Reflect Healthy Ecosystem"

Story Highlights
  • Microsoft stopped disclosing sales numbers of Xbox consoles in 2015.
  • Xbox lags behind PlayStation and Nintendo, so people believe this was the reason for this decision.
  • The Xbox CFO states Microsoft is more focused on a gaming platform than console sales.

Over 21 million Xbox Series S|X have been sold, but Microsoft is lagging behind the competition. While Nintendo and PlayStation provide updated sales figures each quarter, the same cannot be said for Microsoft.

It suddenly stopped publicizing console sale numbers in 2015, and at that time, this caused confusion. However, the Xbox CFO recently shed more light on this decision, clarifying that console sales are no longer as important for the company.

Why it matters: In the past, units sold have been considered a big measure of the success of companies like PlayStation and Xbox.

Xbox One

Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart discussed Microsoft’s policy of not disclosing hardware sales at the Wells Fargo 2023 TMT Summit this week, asserting that according to Microsoft, unit sales numbers don’t provide a clear picture of how the Xbox brand is performing.

He had this to say about the subject:

“It was really the first point of us saying it’s about content and services.”

Therefore, the CFO asses Xbox’s success with how many customers are part of the brand, which can extend beyond the consoles.

Following measures like Game Pass and first-party releases on PC, Xbox is more of a brand than a home console. Therefore, this belief is reflected in the company’s decision to forego console sales as a unit of success.

Still, some believe Microsoft made this decision to hide the fact that it is so far behind the competition. However, in the past, Phil Spencer stated that sales numbers cannot be considered a reflection of a healthy ecosystem.

Xbox Game Pass

To further drive home the point of growing Xbox as an ecosystem, the CFO recently claimed that Microsoft wants to bring its games to every screen, including the competition.

Following the merger with Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has positioned itself as a massive publisher with ownership of Call of Duty, Diablo, and other IPs. It aims to use these IPs to double down on efforts.

Microsoft’s decision, while odd, has been in effect for many years. While sales figures have been spotted in internal presentations and documents, Xbox is no longer keen to reveal them publicly.

Was our article helpful? 👨‍💻

Thank you! Please share your positive feedback. 🔋

How could we improve this post? Please Help us. 😔

Join Our Community

Still having issues? Join the Tech4Gamers Forum for expert help and community support!

Latest News

Join Our Community

104,000FansLike
32,122FollowersFollow

Trending

Xbox Ports No Longer Worth It Without Game Pass Deal, Say Devs

It is being said that studios no longer see Xbox as an investment platform without Game Pass since the audience relies on the subscription.

Elden Ring DLC Reviews Fall To “Mixed” Amid Crushing Difficulty

Elden Ring Shadow of The Erdtree now has a mixed reception on Steam, as fans are negatively reviewing it for being hard.

PS3 Backward Compatibility For PS5 Reportedly In The Works

According to a reliable leaker, Sony is currently working on a PS3 backward compatibility solution for the PS5.

AMD Allegedly Suffered Massive Data Breach Recently

AMD seems to be involved in a recent attack from a notorious hacking group and is currently investigating the claims.

Elden Ring DLC Now Has Easy Mode Mod After Recent Outrage Over Difficulty

Shadow of the Erdtree has proven way too hard for some players, but an easy mode is already available on PC.