Xbox Game Pass posted “new highs” for cloud gaming last quarter

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Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass has proven successful, with new numbers from the company providing a glimpse of continued growth in 2023.

Frank Shaw, director of communications at Microsoft, yesterday tweeted several updates provided during Microsoft’s recent earnings call, including a brief update on Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft’s subscription service reached a new record of 120 million monthly active users in the last quarter of 2022. This is certainly a large number, as the Xbox network was estimated to have the same 120 million monthly active users as of December 2022, and certainly not everyone who owns an Xbox also subscribes to Game Pass.

Rather, at least some of Microsoft’s growth for Xbox Game Pass appears to be coming from other platforms such as PC and cloud gaming.

In the same tweet, Shaw also reveals that Microsoft has seen “new highs” for game streaming hours.

Previously, Microsoft revealed 10 million gamers who tried Xbox cloud gaming. Over the past year, the company has also given more than four million players who had streamed Fortnite for free through Game Pass, no doubt contributing to these “new heights” in game streaming for -platform.

It’s certainly good to see that Microsoft’s cloud gaming efforts continue to resonate with customers. After the demise of Google Stadia this month, cloud gaming as a whole is in a state of flux, and as our Kyle Bradshaw recently pointed out, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to continue the future of cloud gaming .

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