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kowenicki said:
Barkley said:

How is it a "no brainer" there's many factors involved.

2m subscribing for one month is $20m. 1m purchasing the title at launch would be $60m. And let's not forget game pass gives you access to 150+ games so it can be said that not all that $20m is going to sea of thieves assuming they played any other title on the system that month.


There's a vast amount of information we don't have to make a "no brainer" assumption. How much of the gamepass revenue goes to third parties who put their games on the service for instance.

The fact is even if MS received 100% of the revenue, you can subscribe to game pass for $120 a year, so if MS release more than $120 of content that you would have bought at launch, 2 games basically, they're losing out on money, and that's assuming you have no breaks between subscription months also.

There is a bigger picture at play.  Its the future of gaming and its a certainty.  Games as a service akin to Netflix and Spotify is guaranteed.

I agree, but that doesn't mean the current model or price-point is beneficial at this current time. I imagine there are plenty of people on game pass that would purchase more than $120 worth of first-party content annually.

Perhaps more of a long-term play to get people used to this kind of pricing model for gaming.

LTD: PS4 - 125m, Switch - 110m, XBO - 51m

2020: PS4 - 9m, Switch - 22.5m, XBO - 2.5m, PS5 - 4.5m, XBX - 2.8m