Microsoft has just unveiled its financial results for the third quarter (January-March) of its fiscal year 2023, and true to form for this tech giant, the numbers are staggering. The total revenue reached $52.9 billion, with a profit of $18.3 billion. This means that Microsoft earned almost one-third of Activision Blizzard’s valuation in just three months.

Unfortunately, Xbox did not play a significant role in this success, as the results were somewhat mixed. It turns out that gaming revenue decreased by 4% compared to the same quarter last year, but it still marked the second-best performance for Xbox division in this period. Xbox hardware sales were hit particularly hard, declining by 30%, while content and services, including Game Pass, saw a modest increase of 3%.

Looking ahead, Microsoft appears to be optimistic as new and highly anticipated game titles approach their release dates. Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood stated that the company expects revenue growth in the “mid to high single digits” for April-June, as well as “low to mid teens Xbox content and services revenue growth” as new games drive demand for Game Pass subscriptions.

Nintendo and Sony are expected to report their results in the coming weeks, and industry analysts will be closely watching to see how they stack up against Microsoft’s impressive performance.

Source: CNBC