Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Playing 40% More Games — Including Titles Outside the Service

By Sean Carey,
Xbox Game Pass has proven to be a success for Microsoft and game developers. Especially with the recent news of Oxenfree hitting over 3 million downloads thanks to the subscription service. Now, ID@Xbox lead, Agostino Simonetta, has shared more information from behind the scenes.

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According to Simonetta, Game Pass members play 40% more games than other players. This number includes titles outside of the Game Pass catalogue. Speaking at the Investment Summit, Simonetta said, "People that join the subscription are way more engaged. Well, they have a lot of free games to play — but actually, they're way more engaged outside the subscription. They go out to stores and buy more games than they did before they joined."

Simonetta also revealed that 91% of Xbox Game Pass members say they have played new games they wouldn't have normally tried thanks to the subscription service. Microsoft has also noticed that subscribers are playing 30% more genres than they did before joining.

The usage for games included in Game Pass has also increased, "We're seeing a massive spike in certain categories, but generally when a title goes into Game Pass, we see an average of six-time increase in usage for all the games in the Xbox Game Pass catalogue."

"We're leading on subscription, developers are going on the journey with us and we're seeing them publicly commenting... the Afterparty team the other day said after seeing their game go on Game Pass day and date, suddenly they were seeing a lot of sales on other platforms. No More Robots said when Descenders went into Game Pass from Xbox Game Preview, they saw a positive impact on other platforms."

For this week's poll, we want to know from the TA community if Game Pass has changed your gaming habits. Have you been playing games outside of genre's you don't usually play? And have you found any hidden gems through Game Pass? Let us know by voting in the poll and let us know what game you've found through Game Pass that has turned out to be a favourite, in the comments below:

Have you been playing games you wouldn't usually pick up thanks to Game Pass?
  • Yes (Let us know in the comments your favourite Game Pass titles you wouldn't have usually played)51.18% (1363)
  • Yes, but only for the achievements25.76% (686)
  • I don't have an Xbox Game Pass subscription13.29% (354)
  • No - I stick mainly to the same games/genres that I know I like in Game Pass9.76% (260)
We've had 2663 responses.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.