Xbox Game Pass BoothSource: Matt Brown / Windows Central

Xbox Game Pass has now hit 18 million subscribers, stated Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking on its FY21 Q2 earnings call. Microsoft’s Xbox Live gaming network also hits a new milestone, with over 100 million monthly active users (MAUs) across all platforms.

Microsoft outlined its second-quarter financials on Tuesday, including continued success for its Xbox brand, with gaming revenue increasing 51% year-over-year. High demand for its latest gaming consoles, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, saw hardware revenue almost double with 86% growth. Xbox content and services also surged 40%, attributed to its games and subscriptions, including Xbox Game Pass.

It’s the second time Microsoft has talked numbers around Xbox Game Pass, its Netflix-style gaming subscription at the heart of its content and services portfolio. It almost doubles the first reported Xbox Game Pass back figures from its FY20 Q3 earnings, previously surpassing 10 million users across Xbox and PC. It also reported 90 million Xbox Live MAUs back in April, which represents all users, rather than exclusively paying Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

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Xbox Game Pass remains increasingly fundamental to Microsoft’s gaming vision, available across Xbox consoles, Windows PCs, and mobile devices through cloud streaming. While its standalone Xbox Game Pass subscription grants access to hundreds of titles on Xbox and PC from $10, its all-inclusive $15 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier also includes its new cloud gaming platform.




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