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I would have expected it to be more with 3 month deals for 1$ and all the other deals.

I guess MS expected to be higher by now as well, hence buying another juggernaut to stimulate game pass.



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SvennoJ said:

I would have expected it to be more with 3 month deals for 1$ and all the other deals.

I guess MS expected to be higher by now as well, hence buying another juggernaut to stimulate game pass.

Was thinking the same. The growth ware more impressive the previous years even if the catalog was kind of lackluster. They added a great variety of games this year, and some of them were day one stuff as well, and the Bethesda showcase at E3, Forza, and Halo Infinite, would've expected more than 5 million new subscribers since June 2021.



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SvennoJ said:

I would have expected it to be more with 3 month deals for 1$ and all the other deals.

I guess MS expected to be higher by now as well, hence buying another juggernaut to stimulate game pass.

Was thinking the same. The growth ware more impressive the previous years even if the catalog was kind of lackluster. They added a great variety of games this year, and some of them were day one stuff as well, and the Bethesda showcase at E3, Forza, and Halo Infinite, would've expected more than 5 million new subscribers since June 2021.

Indeed. They just released their biggest games, have the pandemic working for them (more time to game, less availability of competing platforms) and have the by far the best deals around.

As long as MS keeps pouring money into gamepass we can continue to play games on the cheap. But I do wonder about the long term damage. I can't be the only one that's spending less and less on gaming thanks to gamepass, console games on PC and all the other deals around.



I feel a price increase incoming. The xbox division drunk spending like Netflix.



green_sky said:

I feel a price increase incoming. The xbox division drunk spending like Netflix.

Yeah I think MS is going to have different tiers to increase the price more. Ultimate tier- $18- everything, Gamepass Console or PC w/o EA- $13, Gamepass Console w/o EA & XBL- $10. 



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Even if all 25m customers are paying peanuts, its earning MS a fortune. Imagine once Bethesda, Activision Blizzard and Xbox's own studios are firing on all cylinders, their revenue is going to go through the roof.



The more studios they have the less high profile and thus expensive third party games they need to get for Game Pass.
They'll be at a point where they can release two high profile 1st party games almost every single month and thus only need some indies and a few Japanese games to fill the gaps.



18 million to 25 million seems like solid growth to me, over the course of a year. Once CoD, ES, Diablo, etc.... start hitting day one on gamepass, I can see subs absolutely blowing up. In two years they could be 50+ million subs.



I'll be honest, a lot of the speculation here kinda forgo to admit certain possibilities :

- A lot of the people playing FPS centric games such as Halo, COD, Battlefield might already be subscribed to Gamepass mutering part of the growth people here are speculating.

- Like Svenno touched on, Gamepass is often sold at cheaper prices at which there obviously loosing money from such deals, making part of the potential earnings kinda inflated. Though, I do not think these deals affect the majority of the subscribers, unless Microsoft reveals subscribers utilized subscription plans. (Which I seriously doubt)



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Mar1217 said:

I'll be honest, a lot of the speculation here kinda forgo to admit certain possibilities :

- A lot of the people playing FPS centric games such as Halo, COD, Battlefield might already be subscribed to Gamepass mutering part of the growth people here are speculating.

- Like Svenno touched on, Gamepass is often sold at cheaper prices at which there obviously loosing money from such deals, making part of the potential earnings kinda inflated. Though, I do not think these deals affect the majority of the subscribers, unless Microsoft reveals subscribers utilized subscription plans. (Which I seriously doubt)

It's impossible to answer either question with certainty. Maybe most Halo players are subbed since all the games are on Game Pass, but I highly doubt the majority of CoD and BF players are subbed since CoD has never been on Game Pass so there is no reason for them to have it. A new BF games have never launched on Game Pass either. Most importantly, majority of CoD and BF sales have been on PS so this purchase is about bringing those players over to Xbox. 

I do think most paying for Game Pass are paying the full price, but hard to say. Remember, the Activision and Bethesda acquisitions are long-term investments. The sub numbers right now are a milestone for their vision 5-10+ years from now. 

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