Updated from 11:58 a.m. to include thoughts from Nomura in the sixth paragraph.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft's (MSFT) $2.5 billion acquisition for the Swedish company Mojang makers of the wildly popular video game Minecraft is a slight departure from a refocused Microsoft, but the big question remains - will the purchase ultimately help Microsoft win its supremacy battle with Sony (SNE) in the current Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 war.
Last month, Sony announced it had sold more than 10 million PlayStation 4 game consoles to date. On the other hand, Microsoft which had boasted it had sold a million units in the first day and 3 million by the end of 2013 hasn't released recent sales figures since. It's estimated that Xbox One sales have been in the 5 million units range to date.
Microsoft shares were off 0.91% to $46.27 in late morning trading in New York.
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Norman Young, analyst with Morningstar, thinks the purchase is a good one on a number of levels. In a phone conversation, Young explained that first and foremost Minecraft is profitable and should continue to be so. The purchase also gives Microsoft access to a "younger, more passionate community" that it can now nurture and develop. And, he said Mojang fits perfectly into CEO Satya Nadella's new mindset for Microsoft - an "acknowledgement of realities" and the need to "take the company in a new direction."