Microsoft putting Xbox in TVs, building its own streaming devices, and exploring new Game Pass subscriptions -
Jun 10, 2021 1 min, 43 secs

Ahead of its E3 media briefing on Sunday, Microsoft has made a raft of announcements around Xbox Game Pass and its cloud gaming efforts.

First up, Microsoft said it's working to put Xbox in TVs.

Related, Xbox said it is building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming "to reach gamers on any TV or monitor without the need for a console at all".

On Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft said it is "exploring new subscription offerings...

Currently, Microsoft offers Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £10.99 a month, Xbox Game Pass for PC for £7.99 a month, and Xbox Game Pass for console for £7.99 a month.

Xbox All Access lets you buy a console and Game Pass for a monthly price, rather than spending money up front.

Also announced is that in the next few weeks, cloud gaming on a browser will open to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

"This means gamers will see faster load times, improved frame rates, and experience Xbox Series X|S optimised games," Microsoft said.

And finally, later this year, Microsoft will add cloud gaming directly into the Xbox app on PC and integrate it into console to enable the likes of try before you download.

As part of its pre-E3 announcements, Microsoft released new stats for Xbox Game Pass' performance.

Microsoft said Xbox Game Pass members play 30 percent more genres and 40 percent more games.

On that point, Microsoft said People Can Fly's Outriders, which launched into Xbox Game Pass, was also the number one selling digital game on Xbox during its launch week and a top 10 selling digital game on Xbox in the month of April.

"Game Pass helped introduce millions of players to the game," Microsoft said.

Also on that point, MLB: The Show 21, which launched into Xbox Game Pass, was the number one selling paid game on Xbox for the month of April.

"Game Pass added millions of new fans and grew Major League Baseball's player base significantly," Microsoft said.

Microsoft aims to release at least one new first-party game into Xbox Game Pass every quarter

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