Today Microsoft announced its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, which is related to the period between October 1st and December 31st, 2017. The related press release and presentation included relevant information on the state of the Xbox business. Below you can check out the results of the “More Personal Computing” segment of the business, which includes gaming. Growth in gaming revenue drove a 2% sales increase for the whole segment, while overall gross margin decreased due to the launch of Xbox One X. Gaming revenue grew by 8% driven by 14% inrease in hardware revenue due to the Xbox One X launch. Software and service revenue grew 4% , while Xbox Live monthly active users grew 7% year-on-year to 59 million. We also get the revenue and profit figures for the corporation as a whole, with all the relevant values firmly in the black. You can check them out below. Revenue was $28.9 billion and increased 12% Operating income was $8.7 billion … [Read more...] about Xbox One X Launch Drives 14% Revenue Growth for Xbox Hardware, 8% for Microsoft’s Gaming
Many of the chip manufacturers are in trouble with the discovery of Spectre and Meltdown security flaws and Intel is the most prominent chip manufacturer being affected by it, however, Intel has promised Spectre hardware fix or elimination of these flaws from its chips by the end of 2018. Spectre being a hardware security flaw requires OS or BIOS patches to make the system secure with BIOS patches currently causing performance drops and reboot issues is another story. According to Intel, its next-generation of processors will have hardware fix for these Spectre and Meltdown security flaws. During the recent earnings call, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed that the company is working on a hardware fix for its next line of processors that will be available in 2019. According to Brian, the company plans ‘in-silicon” fixes by the end of the year. If Intel sticks to the plan then the 10nm chips that ship by the end of 2018 and arrive in 2019 will have the built-in Spectre and … [Read more...] about Intel Promises Spectre Hardware Fix For Its Chips By The End Of 2018
Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales) [NSW] Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo, 01/18/18) – 66,692 (New) [PS4] Gintama Rumble (Bandai Namco, 01/18/18) (Limited Edition Included) – 38,443 (New) [NSW] Splatoon 2 (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 07/21/17) – 28,691 (1,946,033) [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Nintendo, 04,28,17) – 26,365 (1,264,800) [PSV] Gintama Rumble (Bandai Namco, 01/18/18) (Limited Edition Included) – 23,417 (New) [PS4] Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (Square Enix, 01/11/18) – 20,433 (126,100) [NSW] Super Mario Odyssey (Bundle Version Included) (Nintendo, 10/27/17) – 18,972 (1,555,312) [3DS] Pokemon Ultra Sun / Ultra Moon (Nintendo, 11/17/17) – 16,790 (1,515,299) [3DS] Mario Party: The Top 100 (Nintendo, 12/28/17) – 11,454 (135,773) [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Limited Edition Included) (Nintendo, 03/03/17) – 9,502 (824,728) [3DS] Yo-kai Watch Busters 2: Treasure Legend Banbaraya … [Read more...] about Media Create (JP) 01/15/18-01/21/18: DAAAAAH! Switch wins in software, PS4 wins in hardware, One X up 21,317%!
According to numbers gathered by the NPD Group, Nintendo hardware dominated December sales this year with the Nintendo Switch selling more units than any other console on the market. Between the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo 3DS, and the SNES Classic Edition, Nintendo says it moved more than 2.6 million systems. Altogether, this means Nintendo consoles accounted for over of half of all video game hardware sold during December 2017. A big chunk of those sales are owed to the Nintendo Switch's strong holiday presence. Nintendo sold 1.5 million Switch systems during the month of December, bringing its lifetime sales up to 4.8 million units. This NPD report lines up with Nintendo’s internal sales figures that pegged the Switch as the fastest-selling home console in U.S. history earlier this month. But what is particularly interesting about December’s hardware numbers is that the 3DS saw a notable bump in sales over the holiday season. The NPD Group reports that the … [Read more...] about Nintendo hardware sold a combined 2.6M units in December alone
In the run-up to Nintendo's announcement last night, a few of us were bandying around ideas about what it could possibly be. An Amiibo-focussed game, Nintendo's own version of Skylanders? A streaming service that brought together the best in kids TV - so you'd always have an episode of In The Night Garden to hand through your favourite Nintendo device? How small our imaginations were, and how glorious it is to be blindsided by Nintendo again. Labo, the bevvy of cardboard appendages that turn your Switch into a piano, a fishing rod, a doll's house and so much more, is a reminder that Nintendo remains unashamedly, unapologetically and somewhat brilliantly a toymaker at heart. This is an idea from leftfield, perhaps as pure an expression of Gunpei Yokoi's well-worn philosophy of lateral thinking with withered technology as there's ever been at Nintendo. Labo looks like nothing more than a product of Nintendo before Mario - as expertly chronicled by Erik Voskuil on his outstanding blog … [Read more...] about Switch’s eccentric new hardware is a link to Nintendo’s past in the most exciting way