With E3 just a month away, Microsoft is highlighting some interesting Xbox platform growth metrics. No, not console sales. You know that ain’t happening. But still interesting.
“Today, we’re witnessing a record-setting number of players, playing at record levels, and engaging in new ways,” Microsoft’s Mike Nichols notes. “It’s a great time to be a gamer and to be a part of Team Xbox.”
Some of the milestones that Microsoft is touting include:
Xbox One sales. Xbox One consoles sales are up 15 percent over the same time period last year.
Xbox Live usage. This was sort of mentioned in Microsoft’s recent earnings announcement, but Xbox Live “players” are up 13 percent year-over-year. I assume this isn’t directly related to Xbox Live usage/Xbox Live Gold, but it’s unclear.
Looking For Group usage. So far, over 600,000 friendships have been made with Looking For Group.
Clubs usage. There are now over 1.2 million Clubs on Xbox Live.
Enhanced for Xbox One X. There are now over 200 games that have been specifically enhanced for Microsoft’s 4K game console.
Sea of Thieves success. Sea of Thieves is the fastest-selling new IP Microsoft Studios game of this console generation.
Xbox One Backward Compatibility success. Games have spent over 1 billion hours playing Backward Compatible games on Xbox One.
Xbox Game Pass. No hard data here, but I do agree with Microsoft that Xbox Game Pass is “the ultimate gaming membership for fans.”
Mixer usage. Microsoft’s game streaming service exceeded more than 10 million active users in a month for the first time last year. But it’s doing even better each month to start 2018, Microsoft says.