So as a side note, MS just said that there are 59 million live users, which is a 7% increase from last year. The gaming division grew to 3.9 billion revenue growing 8%. Probably the bulk of revenue generated would be Gold. MS cloud services also had a massive growth boost. I am still convinced that the ultimate goal is game streaming. This has been the entire MO of Nadella, and I think he is right. Amazon is the main competitor for cloud services, with Alphabet not too far behind, but neither company has a real gaming division. The gaming market is huge, between consoles and PC, but it is extremely fragmented.
MS recently bought PlayFab for example. I think the long term strategic plan for the gaming division is streaming. If MS controls game streaming, they will not care about hardware. There is limited value in that and only headaches.
That is why I said a few pages back that the ultimate goal for MS is to get out of the console business. They build hardware to push their services. The whole point of the Surface line is also similar. Invigorate the base with innovation, and lead the 3rd party hardware manufacturers to the future. I see consoles as no different. I would rather have a 'PC' with an Xbox 'App' that does absolutely everything an Xbox does, and I think with Windows 10, that can be very easy as it will still remain a closed system. They will not lose Gold because that is still the price to play 'Xbox' and I think if they reach that juncture in the future, PC players will have to pay to play on line. If they get Valve or EA, that will give them market share to be able to do that.
Xbox and PS3 Gamertag = Xerostomia
Wii = I'm too lazy to get the number