© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Xbox gaming equipment sits on a display shelf in Microsoft's new Oxford Circus store ahead of its opening in London, Great Britain, July 9, 2019. Picture dated July 9, 2019. REUTERS / Simon Dawson
By Supantha Mukherjee
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Microsoft (NASDAQ 🙂 unveiled 30 upcoming games on Sunday and said most of those titles will be available through its monthly subscription service Xbox Game Pass.
The company announced that it would launch new games on the Game Pass every month through the end of the year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YnVzOA2wNs&ab_channel=Xbox, including titles such as the PC strategy series “Age of Empires IV ". and racing game "Forza Horizon 5".
One of Microsoft's big ticket games, Halo Infinite, is now set to a holiday launch for this year after being delayed due to the challenge of developers being stuck at home amid coronavirus restrictions.
Several of the game launches announced by Microsoft at the E3 conference came from video game publisher Bethesda, behind hits like Fallout and Doom. Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda, for $ 7.5 billion last year.
Microsoft has also announced the launch dates for two large budget games that are exclusive to Xbox and PC – the role-playing game "Starfield" and the vampire shooter game "Redfall". "Starfield" starts on November 11, 2022 and "Redfall" next summer.
Both Microsoft and Sony (NYSE 🙂 launched their next generation gaming devices in November last year and saw increased demand for the consoles as gamers got stuck at home and the devices snapped due to the pandemic.
The gaming analytics company Newzoo predicts that the global games market with 2.9 billion players will generate sales of 175.8 billion US dollars in 2021 and exceed 200 billion US dollars in 2023.
Microsoft also developed its cloud gaming service to attract casual gamers and its own streaming devices.
Game Pass offers hundreds of games to be played on Xbox consoles, Android devices, and PCs for a monthly fee of $ 9.99.
"What sets us apart from a service like Netflix (NASDAQ 🙂 is that we give players both options, a subscription package and also a full retail store," said Phil Spencer, director of Xbox.
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