Wedbush Securities Senior Analyst Michael Pachter was asked during the latest episode of the Pack Attack videocast what’s his opinion on the possibility of Microsoft selling its Xbox Division and his reply was quite clear cut:
Dumb and Dumber.
He continued by explaining that he’s not sure why anybody would say that Microsoft should sell their Xbox division, since that’s the only profitable part of their business. Pachter also added that analyst Rick Sherlund didn’t do his numbers right on the issue and Xbox makes “a ton of money.” They have probably lost a lot on the first Xbox and on the red ring of death on the Xbox 360, but now they’re in the black.
Pachter also mentioned that Microsoft is doing everything right right now with Xbox One except the the pricing of the console.
There’s no chance they’re selling the division, so thinking about that is dumb. It isn’t gonna happen.
Personally, I have to agree here. When I first heard about the idea that Microsoft should spin off the Xbox Business my face and my palm were affected by irresistible mutual gravitational forces, to say in a less trivial way that I facepalmed. Quite hard, actually.