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Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles last quarter, made $26.5B

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Microsoft said it sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles during the holiday quarter in its quarterly earnings statement today, posting revenue of $26.5 billion. The company's net income was $5.8 billion.

While revenues were up at Microsoft, net income and Xbox sales were down year-over-year. During the same period the previous year, Microsoft's fiscal Q2, the company sold 7.4 million Xbox consoles, split between 3.9 million Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million Xbox 360 consoles. Microsoft did not offer a similar breakdown of the 6.6 million it sold between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014.

For comparison, Sony announced earlier this year that it had sold 4.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles during the same holiday shopping period.

Microsoft's Devices and Consumer division, which is home to Xbox, Surface, Bing, Windows Phone and other businesses, saw growth of 8 percent and revenue of $12.9 billion. Microsoft did not detail how much revenue the company's Xbox business accounted for.

The Xbox One was the bestselling console in the U.S. during November and December last year, Microsoft said earlier this month. The company temporarily dropped the console's price from $399 to $349 during the quarter, which spurred sales. After briefly reinstating the console's $399 price on Jan. 3, Microsoft once again dropped the Xbox One to $349.