Microsoft claims it’s losing $200 for every Xbox console sold

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has admitted that Microsoft is losing $200 for every console sold. But is it really as bad as it seems?

During an interview with CNBC, Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft is losing, at the most, $200 for every current Xbox console sold.

More specifically, $100 is lost for every Series X sold at $500 and $200 is lost for every Series S sold at $300.

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Should Microsoft be concerned over Xbox loss?

It’s been common knowledge for years that pretty much every console manufacturer makes a loss on consoles sold. 

It’s often the case that money is made up by video game sales, especially for those that are first-party titles. Well, apart from Nintendo, who apparently manages to make a profit on both consoles and games.

However, add-on sales are possibly more prominent for Microsoft, especially with so many gamers subscribing to Xbox Game Pass.

Moreover, Microsoft also offers the Xbox All Access payment plan.

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Xbox Game Pass and All Access bring in the money

Xbox All Access offers customers the option to buy an Xbox Series X or Series S over an interest-free payment plan over 24 months.

Furthermore, Xbox All Access also comes with a mandatory 24-month subscription for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

Anyone that buys an Xbox console via this method, is certainly helping Microsoft make up for the console’s financial loss.

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In short, Microsoft should not be concerned with the common practice of making a loss on console sales. 

Back in October 2022, Microsoft also revealed that it has made over $16 billion from Xbox Game Pass.

However, Phil Spencer has hinted at a price increase for Xbox consoles as well as Game Pass. So, don’t feel too bad for the $1.7 trillion company.

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