Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Microsoft Unveils Exciting Future for Gaming: New Games, Console, and Accessibility

Last 11th of June, at the Xbox Games Showcase and Starfield Direct, Microsoft unveiled exciting plans for players and game creators. The event showcased dozens of new games, a new 1TB Series S console, and new ways for players to access their games anywhere, with PC Game Pass coming to NVIDIA GeForce NOW later this year. The event also featured speeches from the Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox Creator Experience, Sarah Bond, Head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, and Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, Todd Howard, who addressed the future of gaming at Microsoft in the "What's Next for Gaming" event.

Microsoft is proud to report reaching new records for monthly active users and devices, with a 46% increase in people playing PC games on Game Pass year over year. Game Pass revenue from subscriptions reached nearly $1 billion last quarter, signaling continued growth.

The company is enthusiastic about the future of Xbox and its ability to contribute to the growth of the entire gaming industry. Microsoft aims to achieve this by creating groundbreaking new games, supporting creators to develop their dream projects, and making gaming accessible to players worldwide.

Players can expect to see new exclusives arriving more reliably on Xbox across all formats. Microsoft's ambition is to release at least four first-party games annually while continuing to nurture existing communities built around popular titles such as The Elder Scrolls Online, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, and Forza. The teams at Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda have shipped 10 games with over 10 million players each in the last five years, including both new IPs and franchise entries.

Microsoft enables creators of all sizes to bring their visions to life on its platform. The company's indie program, ID@Xbox, has paid out over $4 billion to over 5,000 creators in over 100 countries. Additionally, the new Developer Acceleration Program supports underrepresented developers by providing funding for their projects.

Game Pass remains a key focus, allowing millions of members to access a wide range of games. Microsoft is expanding PC Game Pass to 46 more markets, reaching a total of 86 countries. The company's commitment to bringing gaming everywhere is evident as Game Pass members will soon be able to stream select PC games from the library through NVIDIA GeForce NOW.

With the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, Microsoft offers players the most affordable entry into next-gen gaming. The supply chain issues have eased, making the consoles more readily available. Microsoft is continuously improving the console experience, including an all-new Home User Experience and expanding storage options.

The future of gaming at Microsoft is bright, with over 5,000 games currently in development for Xbox from developers across 100 countries. Microsoft's vision is to offer the most diverse and accessible lineup in the industry, ensuring players can always find their next favorite game.

Microsoft looks forward to going on this gaming journey together with its community, delivering great first-party titles, offering multiple ways to access and play games, and growing the industry as a whole. The future of gaming is full of possibilities, and Microsoft is at the forefront, pushing boundaries and creating memorable experiences for players worldwide.

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