I think it was several billions in losses for the xbox. Apparently MS made a rookie mistake when signing contracts with nvidea, making the main components keep their initial price. So manufacturing costs of xboxes stayed about the same over the years, meaning MS bled more and more money with retail pricecuts.
Between you two I'm tempted to google some of this because I've never heard it before.
But I'm also really lazy. I wonder which one will win out?
You are about the same age as me yet you claim not to know Nintendo systems usually never sold at a loss. In fact the Wii U was their only system that was sold at loss or near break even. I believe it took it a year or two before it was not sold at a loss. It isn't hard to see Nintendo's strategy when developing systems. If you have been paying attention since NES and Game Boy days then you would understand their strategy.
They don't push for cutting edge but look for best parts available potentially years prior to develop a system that makes money and is affordable to the mass consumer. Even when they were in power race from SNES to GC days home console wise they still demanded profit on each system sold. They never have cared to push for power in handheld race because they have defeated all competitors when it comes to handhelds with systems that were always inferior in power compared to their rivals.
Last edited by sethnintendo - on 11 February 2020