Microsoft CEO: Xbox Game Pass expanding to PC

Xbox Game Pass at Gamescom 2018
Xbox Game Pass at Gamescom 2018 (Image credit: Matt Brown / Windows Central)

Microsoft recently announced its FY19 Q1 earnings, touting overall strong growth across its enterprise and consumer lineup. Gaming revenue specifically rose by 44 percent, with Xbox software and services revenue garnering growth of 36 percent. Following up these strong results, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, has expanded on future gaming plans.

Speaking on Microsoft's FY19 Q1 earnings call, the firm discussed its increased cross-platform presence with the Xbox brand. Now, following the success of Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One's Netflix-style subscription service for games, Nadella announced plans to expand to PC.

Xbox Game Pass has become a key aspect of Microsoft's gaming services over the past year. While its rotating library of over 100 games is a major draw, this year saw all in-house Microsoft Studios titles hit the service on launch day. And with Halo Infinite, Gears 5, and more on the horizon, the subscription is quickly becoming essential for many Xbox One owners.

While details on its PC expansion are limited, a debut on Windows 10's integrated Microsoft Store seems likely. However, with the storefront lacking authority in PC gaming, it's unclear what value can be expected beyond consoles.

In the meantime, Xbox One owners can pick up Xbox Game Pass for $9.99 per month.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.