• Loading stock data...
Sunday, April 14, 2024
  • -
    days
  • -
    hours
  • -
    minutes
  • -
    seconds

Microsoft Goes Big with Xbox Game Pass

  • Xbox and Bethesda Games had an impressive showing at E3.
  • Microsoft showcased its enhanced Xbox Game Pass ecosystem.
Xbox/Design: Alex Brooks

Microsoft recently added Bethesda — publisher behind hit gaming franchises “Doom,” “Fallout,” and “The Elder Scrolls” — to its Xbox Game Studios division following the acquisition of parent company ZeniMax for $7.5 billion. 

Sunday marked the first-ever showcase for Xbox and Bethesda under one roof. 

The four-day, all-virtual E3 event features a bevy of game publishers, developers, and partners, but on Sunday it was all about Xbox and Bethesda’s Game Pass offerings. 

  • Microsoft announced 30 titles, 27 of which will be included with Game Pass.
  • In 2022, Bethesda is bringing “Starfield” and “Redfall” exclusively to Xbox.
  • Blockbusters “Halo Infinite” and “Forza Horizon 5” will be day one Game Pass releases.

For $9.99 or $14.99 per month, Game Pass provides access to hundreds of games that are playable on Xbox consoles, PCs, and mobile.

With 23 million Game Pass subscribers spending 50% more on content than non-subscribers, Microsoft is focusing on the service for good reason.

During the Epic Games v. Apple trial over commission fees on in-app purchases, it was revealed that Microsoft has never turned a profit on hardware sales from Xbox consoles.

Microsoft partially offsets losses from Xbox hardware by implementing a 30% commission fee on PC game sales. Starting in August, Microsoft’s cut will drop to 12% — the same percentage Epic takes from sales in its store.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

A’s Reach Deal to Leave Oakland for Sacramento After This Year

The A’s will play in a minor league park starting in 2025.

Ongoing NFL Network Cuts Hit On-Air Talent

The network also made cuts around the ‘Good Morning Football’ move to L.A.

LeBron James Explains Why Women’s March Madness Has More ‘Star Power’

James said Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark give women’s game ‘icons.’

Featured Today

Women’s Basketball Finally Has a TV Deal to Match the Excitement. Now What?

A lucrative new media-rights contract could rectify problems of the past, but the future of March Madness media rights is anyone’s guess.
Mar 16, 2024; Washington, D.C., USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack forward DJ Burns Jr. (30) cuts the net after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels for the ACC Conference Championship at Capital One Arena.
April 6, 2024

How Two College Seniors Helped DJ Burns Cash In on a Final Four Run

Two college seniors are facilitating deals for NC State’s big man.
Mar 31, 2024; Portland, OR, USA; NCAA officials measure the three point line while coaches from the Texas Longhorns and NC State Wolfpack watch with referees in the finals of the Portland Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the Moda Center center.
April 1, 2024

NCAA Has No One to Blame for Latest Women’s March Madness Transgressions

NCAA is still making avoidable mistakes three years after a complete overhaul.
Nov 16, 2015; Bloomington, IN, USA; General view of the championship banners at Assembly Hall prior to the game between Austin Peay and Indiana.
March 31, 2024

How to Make It in Basketball: Become a Manager at Indiana

Inside the Hoosiers’ unglamorous, profoundly rewarding incubator for basketball’s biggest names.

Careers

Powered By

Careers in Sports

Looking for a new job? Check out these featured listings and search for openings all over the world.
Nike
Multiple - USA Careers
NBA
Multiple - USA Careers
Dunham's Sports
Multiple - USA Careers
Sponsored

How Daily Fantasy Sports Solved NBA Fantasy

The remarkable growth of the #1 Discord sports server in the world.
Oct 5, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, points to the lettering outside of the museum Tuesday.
February 28, 2024

How Do You Keep Negro Leagues Baseball History Alive? Put It in a Video Game

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum attracting increased donations, visits from ‘MLB The Show.’
February 29, 2024

Electronic Arts’ Layoffs Signal Ongoing Evolution, Struggles

The company is set to make a second major round of staff cuts in the last year.
Sponsored

Rapid Returns: How Technology Is Getting You Back to Your Seat

How Oracle’s POS technology is helping fans get back to their seats faster.
Sony-Playstation-Demo-Booth
February 27, 2024

Sony to Lay Off 900 From PlayStation Team After Missed Sales Target

Cuts come amid a tough stretch for the gaming industry.
EA Sports
February 15, 2024

EA Sports: Summer Release for Long-Dormant College Football Video Game

Ed O’Bannon’s historic lawsuit led to the shuttering of EA Sports’ popular college games.
Gatorade
February 14, 2024

Was the Gatorade Color Compromised Before Super Bowl LVIII Kickoff?

Multiple gambling companies saw a sharp spike in the color purple prior to Sunday’s kickoff.
Reba McEntire Super Bowl
February 12, 2024

Reba McEntire Repeated ‘the Brave’ in the National Anthem, Sending Prop Bettors Spiraling

BetMGM paid bettors on both the over and the under.