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Rumor: Xbox Game Pass Tops 23 Million Subscribers as of April 20

Rumor: Xbox Game Pass Tops 23 Million Subscribers as of April 20 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 April 2021 / 1,923 Views

Microsoft previously announced Xbox Game Pass had surpassed 18 million subscribers at the end of 2020, while there are over 100 million monthly active Xbox Live users across consoles, PC, and mobile. 

Xbox insider and Windows Central editor Jez Corden via Twitter revealed Xbox Game Pass has surpassed 23 million subscribers as of April 20. This figure should be treated as a rumor until an announcement is made by Microsoft.

Xbox Game Pass had been averaging around one million new subscribers per month. If the 23 million figure is correct that average has grown to over 1.25 million. 

April saw the release of two high-profile games launch on Xbox Game Pass on day one - Outriders and MLB The Show 21.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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10 Comments
Rafie (on 21 April 2021)

I believe it. It's a stupendous service. None like it at the moment.

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gtotheunit91 Rafie (on 21 April 2021)

Seriously! My friend got the invitation to try out the xCloud beta for iOS and Windows 10 via Safari, Edge, or Chrome and it works really well!!! And apparently xCloud is being brought to actual Xbox's so you can immediately play a game while your game is downloading! lol Xbox has been really forward thinking here.

And just to make the experience better, Microsoft is upgrading all the xCloud servers, which are currently running on One S blades, to Series X blades for an even better experience! Load times, resolution, and framerate are going to be massively improved on xCloud. The future is exciting!

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Elputoxd gtotheunit91 (on 21 April 2021)

Yeah, I tried Xbox Cloud Gaming yesterday on Chrome and it worked surprisingly well (at least for me). I think that could be huge. It's as easy as typing xbox.com/play and start playing (if you have a decent internet connection, granted). Stadia and Luna are gonna get behind very soon.

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Dulfite (on 21 April 2021)

Now let's all wait until someone claims these are mostly $1 trial subscriptions lol. I love Gamepass and gladly pay $10 a month for the PC version!

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AkimboCurly Dulfite (on 21 April 2021)

I love it too. I'm currently still using my gold subscription upgraded to Ultimate for $1 :)

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shikamaru317 (on 21 April 2021)

This is believable. They averaged 1m new subscribers per month between April 2020 and December 2020, going from 10m to 18m. From January-April 2021, they started adding day one AAA 3rd party releases to Gamepass, starting with Outriders earlier this month and MLB The Show yesterday, so it's understandable that they did 5m in almost 4 months so far this year.

It seems like they will be able to exceed 30m subs by the end of the year most likely, even more if they have some more AAA 3rd party day one releases this year, plus Halo Infinite and possibly Starfield and Forza Horizon 5 as Xbox exclusives this year.

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Soonerman (on 22 April 2021)

Game Pass brought me back into gaming! I had an Xbox One collecting dust for the past 5 years because now I got married and my different priorities in life made it that spending money kn games was not worth it since I wouldn't have enough time to play. At the beginning of the pandemic I decided to play some old games I had laying around but quickly turned it off and didn't touch it for a month. Then read about GP and thought why the hell no, it's just one dollar for 3 months. Since that moment now I play for an hour almost every day of the week, I found my new favorite game of all time in Nier Automata (which I spent around 80 hours on thanks to working remotely lol) , got a Series X and new TV for it, I am playing MLB the show which I would have never touched if I had to pay for it, and playing some really fun indie games to collect quick achievements to complete my weekly rewards. Game Pass is a game changer!

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Giggity_goo (on 22 April 2021)

i buy it yearly

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Kristof81 (on 22 April 2021)

I'm one of them and loving it.

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holzi (on 21 April 2021)

They were at 18 in December. So this seems legit.

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