Annual revenue in 2021 was $2.9 billion

Microsoft reportedly earned about $2.9 billion in revenue from Xbox Game Pass subscriptions on consoles in 2021.

The Xbox Game Pass is set to become the driving force behind the Xbox business and, along with the cloud, will sooner or later appeal to billions of players. But while Microsoft occasionally releases subscription numbers, the company leaves open the question of whether Xbox Game Pass is a lucrative venture.

At least a sales figure is now known. It can be found in a document from the Brazilian Board of Directors for Economic Defense (CADE), which was prepared in the context of Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

$2.9 billion Game Pass dollars on consoles

According to the document, Xbox Game Pass generated $2.9 billion in revenue last year. To put that number into perspective, Xbox’s total revenue from services and games last year was $12.6 billion and total revenue (including hardware sales) was over $16.2 billion.

That means that in 2021 about 23 percent of total Game & Service revenue and about 18 percent of total Xbox revenue was generated by Game Pass. Sales of the Game Pass for PC have not been taken into account.

In January 2022, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass had surpassed 25 million subscribers. Since the Redmond-based company is doing no-profit for the Xbox business, it’s still unclear what expenses will be offset by revenue and what’s really left in the coffers in the end.

Sony has over 47 million subscribers with PlayStation Plus. The company introduced the three-tier model that year, significantly expanding Plus’ components. Hundreds of games are included in the Extra and Premium libraries. However, subscribers have to do without new releases for the most part, as these are usually available separately.

In calendar year 2021, according to analyst Daniel Ahmad, Sony had approximately $25 billion in revenue and approximately $2.6 billion in “Game & Network Services” profits. already marked last february.


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Sony does not want to do without its core business for the time being, the sale of new games. The company has repeatedly emphasized that they view the Xbox Game Pass approach as untenable, and it does can affect the quality of games.

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