"Console sales and figures are really only for fanboys" - Ridiculous
This will always be ridiculous, it remains nothing more than for fanboys to flex there muscles. You can sell Live to those without an Xbox, you can sell GamePass without an Xbox and you can continue to generate third party revenue without an Xbox, that is not impossible. Its called a market, it doesn't just revolve around the console industry and the main big 3 brands. The Mobile market alone is huge and dwarfs the console market. The PC market also continues to grow, just ask Valve how they do it without dedicated Hardware.
MS are big enough to compete on all fronts, hence the Xbox Console, Hence the PC market support, hence multiple device direction and Streaming. They want more money than just 100m consoles sold and 40m Subs, they want the billions of other gamers out there, MS are a mega corp and mega corps always aim big. The console industry tends to cap out around the 200m to 300m gamer mark. If you think the PS5 is going to double the PS4 sales and subscribers than that's wishful thinking not with the other markets growing. Lets wait on that one, I will gladly admit I am wrong if the PS5 sells 200m consoles next gen.
"You can sell Live to those without an Xbox" - You don't 'sell live' you sell Gold. You can't sell gold to people without an Xbox.
"You can sell GamePass without an Xbox" - You can sell Gamepass for PC, not the more expensive and profitable Gamepass Ultimate.
"You can continue to generate third party revenue without an Xbox" - With a closed system like the PlayStation/Xbox/Switch third parties are forced to release their titles through your platform. Without a console third parties are not forced to do anything. Uplay, Origin, Battle.net - publishers own services. Third parties aren't selling their games on the Microsoft Store, they're not even all selling their games through steam.
There is plenty of money to be made on PC and Mobile, more than to be made on console, but the competition is insane.
MS would be far more likely to dominate the console market then make even a dent in the PC market. Steam is never going anywhere and publishers will continue to push their own services.
PlayStation has 103m MAU's that all generate 1st party software, third party software and service revenue.
Xbox Live has 65m MAU's accross Xbox and PC, the PC only users not generating third party software revenue and only being sold the cheaper PC gamepass.
PS4 has sold 1.15 Billion games, good luck getting that many sales on PC if you're not called steam.
Consoles is the only way MS are going to make money from the likes of GTA, Assassins Creed, CoD, Battlefield... etcLast edited by Barkley - on 12 January 2020