Things are looking extremely promising for the Xbox brand throughout all of 2020. They took a bit of a beating in the current generation of consoles. The PS4 clearly dominated the Xbox One, but Microsoft is getting a lot of things right nowadays.
Xbox Game Pass Hits Huge Milestone
The success of their Xbox Game Pass service is just another proof of that. The subscription service, that’s available on both PC and Xbox One, now boasts 10 million subscribers. Microsoft communications Chief Frank Shaw posted a tweet listing it among many of the other accomplishments of the Xbox brand in recent days.
More so than other subscription services for gaming, Xbox Game Pass seems to be doing incredibly well. That’s because it still maintains some level of the traditional gaming experience. While services like Google’s Stadia or Sony’s PlayStation Now also rely on a subscription model, they’re also cloud gaming services.
Xbox Game Pass Does Not Rely On Cloud Gaming
Cloud gaming is pretty exciting, but it’s not quite the finished product yet. Xbox Game Pass strikes a perfect balance. For a subscription fee, which is as low as $1 for your first month, you get access to a huge library of games. The huge advantage here is that you don’t have to rely on your internet speed for performance.
The numbers back up Xbox Game Pass’ popularity as well. EA Access and Origin Access only have 5 million and both Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Sony’s PlayStation Now services are currently 1 million subscribers. Considering the fact that Sony and EA’s offerings have been around for much longer, this is quite an impressive feat.
Seems To Have A Solid Plan For The Year
Players still have the freedom to download their games to their systems and play them directly. That said, Microsoft does have its own plans for cloud gaming. Xbox head Phil Spencer said, “Later this year our cloud game streaming technology, Project xCloud, will come to Game Pass.”
Frank Shaw’s tweet also mentioned that Project xCloud, which is currently in preview, also has 100s of thousands of users right now.
Microsoft is also fairly bullish about the upcoming Xbox Series X. Phils Spencer talked it up as well, saying, “We’re also inspired to deliver you our fastest, most powerful console ever that will set a new bar for performance, feel, speed and compatibility when it releases this holiday; as well as a library of games from our 15 Xbox Game Studios and thousands of development partners around the world.”
All-in-all, Team Green is looking pretty strong this year.