Well they don't care because they have been forced to. Not like it matters, they have made the decision to push GamePass because they believe that is what the future will be. It may be, or it may not. It's too early to tell.
and tbh, none of their games. bar Minceraft, will do anything remotely like Pokemon GO. That is a strange example because GamePass is most certainly not going to going to encourage massive spikes in game sales.
And honestly, while I think what MS is doing is a positive thing, your final statement is incredibly random considering just how money Sony is making off PSN alone. If anything, Sony is probably still poised to make more money than what GamePass will bring MS. But we will see. Without hard info on the different consoles. lineups etc etc, its hard to tell who is making the more correct move, or the more beneficial one is perhaps more apt.
You want to think its based off that, and you are wrong. Win or lose in sales, only matter to fanboys, there is no winner or loser if both businesses are making profits. History lesson, the moment the OG Xbox released, MS tried pushing for Windows Live games, remember that? except back in the older days it was a lot harder to implement. Now that Windows 10 has become very compatible, MS are again pushing for greater success with bringing the PC and Console markets together. Xbox exists only to push Direct X and Subscribers, they don't care what PS earn, MS make money off PS anyway. Sony is not in bracket to threaten MS unlike Apple, Google and Amazon. Sony can continue to outsell Xbox while MS aim to open the market up and find that sweet spot of.
Sony are also very limited in the console space, the console market is only so big and those subscribers can only be so high. Sure Sony are making more money than MS this gen and that isn't rocket science, however considering the entire gaming market, its peanuts to what Sony can actually be making. Why do you think Sony invited PSNow and brining there games to PC? They see the market too.
Then why Microsoft are still making consoles??? PC and Cloud is more than enough isn't??? Or bring gamepass to Playstation or bring their games to Playstation community who has million consumer
To have there toes also in the console market, To support there Direct X, To push subscribers, to gain profit from the console industry as well as other market spaces. Microsoft wont drop Xbox and be replaced by PlayStation because of one little thing, PSN. If PSN didn't exist than that might have been a possibility however PSN is a direct competitor to Live and without a home console to drive Live members, going PS, Sony will push PSN over Live and MS loses control. Having there own platform will support Live, GamePass and Xcloud in the console space.
Yep, they switched their strategy from selling consoles when their console didn't sell as well. Services and PC gaming started when their console sales disappointed.
"Console sales and figures are really only for fanboys" - Ridiculous
You can't claim software and service sales matter and then claim that hardware sales are "only for fanboys". Hardware sales are what drive the sales of software and services. MS can't sell Gold to people who don't own an Xbox. MS can't sell gamepass ultimate or console to people who don't own an Xbox. MS can't generate third party revenue from people who don't buy an Xbox. Hell with the release of their games on steam they can't even keep all of the revenue from their 1st party titles.
Console sales create a userbase that drives revenue and profits. There's a reason Playstation's profits are higher then they've ever been. They've got 106m consoles sold, generating money through 1st party and 3rd party software, and have 38.6m people subscribed to PS+.
Consoles sold = Users
Users = Money
Users on a locked system where you get revenue from third parties = even more money
Tell that to Steam.