Xbox doesn't have many big games coming to its platform. But, while the Xbox has a glaring lack of exclusives and big titles, it at least had a few that made the console worth gaming. The last quarter saw none of that and it's had a negative impact on the company's revenue.
According to the second quarter financial results for the 2023 fiscal year, Xbox gaming and hardware revenue declined by 13% overall while the first-party software and monetization in third-party games dropped by 12%.
The drops are said to be in line with expectations when compared to FY22 Q2 which saw the release of Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, and Age of Empires 4. In comparison, the Xbox's lone first-party title for FY23 Q2 is Obsidian Entertainment's Pentiment.
However, this decline is "partially offset by growth in Xbox Game Pass subscriptions," although the company declined to say by how much. It's worth noting that the Game Pass missed its growth rate for the second year in a row last year and will likely go for a third straight year given the current trajectory of the service.
For all of its new and ongoing acquisitions, Microsoft has little to show for them. Redfall and Starfield could've done a lot for the Xbox last quarter but they were delayed to a still-unrevealed date later this year.
Xbox Series S/X owners and Game Pass subscribers are hoping that the upcoming Xbox & Bethesda showcase will address this issue.