Microsoft aims to launch one new first-party game into Xbox Game Pass every quarter

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft says that it plans to release at least one new game from Xbox Game Studios into Xbox Game Pass every quarter.

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In a new Xbox Wire post explaining the company's plans for new Xbox Game Pass tiers and Xbox Cloud Gaming coming to new platforms, Microsoft also spoke more on its pipeline of first-party games and says that it plans to launch at least one game from its plethora of studios into Xbox Game Pass every quarter.

"With more than 23 studios worldwide creating games for Xbox, our goal is to release at least one new, first-party game into Game Pass every quarter," the Wire post reads. "Role-playing games, shooters, strategy titles, adventure games, and more are all being built by our first party teams to ensure that there is a steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore." Microsoft did not specify when it plans to start releasing these games, but we could hear more on the company's plans at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday.

Microsoft also offered up a bunch of interesting stats on the service, saying that Xbox Game Pass members play 30% more genres, play 40% more games overall than non-members, and more than 90% of subscribers say they have played a game they wouldn't have tried without Xbox Game Pass. Subscribers also spend 50% more than non-members, whether that's "purchasing games inside or outside of what’s available in the library, or purchasing additional content for the games they like."

Developers and publishers also see "engagement go up by more than 8x when they enter Game Pass." Microsoft shares that since EA Play joined Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, EA Play has seen record usage on Xbox consoles, PC, and Cloud, "driving hours played on these platforms up by more than 200%."

Microsoft also said it's exploring new Xbox Game Pass tiers, working with manufacturers to integrate Game Pass and Cloud Gaming into smart TVs, and is working on its own streaming hardware.

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Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.