Xbox Game Pass: Weaker Than Expected Growth?

That the Xbox Game Pass be a success, no one today doubts it despite the silence of Phil spencer on the number of subscribers to the service. But could it be that this success is less important than what Microsoft planned ? This is what emerges from the financial document that Microsoft provided to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), the policeman of the American stock exchange, when publishing the results for the second quarter of 2021. This document specifies that Xbox Game Pass growth was 37% between June 2020 and June 2021, or below the growth target set by Microsoft over the period, which was + 48%.

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If we stick to the figures released in June 2020, this would mean that the Xbox Game Pass would now have 20 to 21 million subscribers, which is quite a far cry from the 30 million suggested by the boss of Take Two just a few weeks ago. The 20 million however seem not very credible, the Xbox Game Pass being officially credited with 18 million subscribers last January (+2 million subscribers in 6 months would be an extremely low score). Phil Spencer having the art of speaking with a big delay (are the figures published at the moment T really the figures of the moment T?), The current volume of Game Pass subscribers remains marked with the seal conjecture, especially since almost 4 more months have passed between today and the document submitted to the SEC.

In all cases, it is now accepted that the Xbox Game Pass is below Microsoft’s objectives. Will Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 be enough to attract new players to the service? Perhaps, but it would still be necessary that the Microsoft exclusives are not received blows of rangers by JV media often largely acquired for the cause of the competing platforms (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch).

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