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Xbox 360 sales down 13% year-on-year

But MS's operating income is on the up.

Microsoft has announced its financial results for the last three months of 2009, revealing a drop in sales of Xbox 360 units.

The company shifted 5.2 million machines during the quarter, down 13 per cent year-on-year. Revenues for the Entertainment and Devices Division dropped from $3.26 billion to $2.9 billion.

However, more Elite and special edition Xbox 360s were shifted than in previous years, according to Kotaku. That helped the division enjoy a whopping rise in operating income from $130 million in 2008 to $375 million.

There was a 35 per cent rise in the number of Xbox Live account holders, bringing the number of people subscribed to the service to 23 million. The software attach rate for Xbox 360 was down, though.

Microsoft's probably not too worried, having racked up overall revenues of $19.02 billion - a new record. It might be something to do with the fact 60 million licences for Windows 7 were sold during the quarter, making it the fastest-selling operating system in history.

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