Xbox Game Pass has been a roaring success for Microsoft since it launched, and sure enough, it's seen even more success in 2021.
In a new Microsoft SEC filing, it's been revealed how the popular gaming subscription service saw a 37% increase in total subscribers for FY2021 (which ended on June 30th, 2021). As impressive as this might seem to the average fan, it's apparently fallen short of Microsoft's target growth of 48%.
Microsoft was expecting to have slower growth in the fiscal year 2021, compared to 2020 (86% growth), but perhaps not this slow. The late-year release of Halo Infinite has also likely been a contributing factor.
Between 343's anticipated game and other titles like Forza Horizon 5 coming to the service, subscriptions should continue to rise in the near future. Here's a bit of PR from the same filing:
"With Game Pass, we are redefining how games are distributed, played, and viewed. We added cloud gaming via the browser, expanding our reach across PC and mobile. With our acquisition of ZeniMax Media, we made 20 of the world’s most iconic and beloved games accessible via Game Pass."
While no total subscriber count was provided for Xbox Game Pass, recent rumours suggest it's now anywhere between 20 to 30 million. Back at the beginning of the year in January, Microsoft said it was around the 18 million mark.
Phil Spencer has also gone on record recently - reiterating how Xbox isn't done with acquisitions, which is great news for the future of Game Pass.
Are you subscribed to Xbox Game Pass? What do you think of the above-mentioned growth over the past year? Was it what you expected? Leave a comment down below.