Microsoft has had a record-setting year, according to the latest report from Microsoft itself.
Mike Nichols, the CMO for Gaming at Microsoft, broke down a number of stats and figures in a long blog post, and revealed some interesting numbers.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that Xbox One backward compatibility makes up a large percentage of the time players spend in games, with nearly 1 billion hours played in the backward compatibility program alone (compared to 4 billion hours on the ID@Xbox program total). Microsoft has added a ton of backward compatible games over the last year, so the sheer variety of titles available may contribute to the program’s popularity.
According to the post, Xbox Game Pass has also “been a great contributor to growth in players and engagement,” but Nichols didn’t give any specific numbers. The absence of concrete numbers may mean that the program isn’t quite as successful as Microsoft hopes just yet, but the post did express hope that Xbox Game Pass releasing new games on the service at launch will help attract more players.
In general, the post added that Xbox is seeing record-setting numbers of players, with Xbox Live players up by 13 percent compared to last year and Xbox One sales up by 15 percent.
The post promises that we’ll see a “fantastic lineup of new games” at this year’s E3, so we’ll have to wait and see if the Xbox One’s numbers will continue to rise. E3 2018 runs from June 12th to June 14th.
Source: Xbox Wire