Starfield gives Xbox a major financial boost, but hardware revenue is still down

Starfield hit the Xbox Series X/S and PC last month and was the biggest Bethesda game launch ever, after it topped the best-selling games in the US last month. Now, thank you Microsoft’s fiscal year 2024 quarter 1 financial results, we know that more than 11 million players have played Starfield so far. Starfield’s excellent launch led to a 13% increase in overall Xbox content and services. However, despite the financial boon on the Xbox services side, overall Xbox hardware was still down 7%.

That’s according to Microsoft executive vice president and chief financial officer Amy Hood, who revealed during a financial results call yesterday that Xbox Game Pass experienced “better-than-expected” subscriber growth; Microsoft has not shared any updated Game Pass subscription numbers. A 7% decline in Xbox hardware led to an overall 22% decline in Microsoft hardware this quarter.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed during the call that half of all Starfield players have played the game on PC. And on launch day, Starfield helped set the record for most Game Pass subscriptions added in a single day – Starfield is available on both Xbox and PC Game Pass.

When Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard happened earlier this month, Microsoft had little to share about the purchase. “With Activision Blizzard King, we now add significant depth to our content portfolio” and the company now has “13 billion dollar-plus franchises from Candy Crush, Diablo and Halo to Warcraft, Elder Scrolls and Gears,” Nadella said. of war.” He adds, “We’re looking forward to one of our strongest first-party holiday lineups, including new titles like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Forza Motorsport.”

For more, read on Game Informers Check out Starfield and then read why we think Starfield is surprisingly good for playing using Remote Play. After that, check out this feature about how Starfield is more like a sci-fi theme park than an open-world adventure.

Have you played Starfield? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top