Xbox is currently seeing massive success on Steam, in spite of its current Game Pass subscriber count.
Over the last few years, Xbox has been making a major push into the PC market. By bringing many of its titles to PC as well as console, Microsoft hopes to broaden its scope and invite more gamers into its market.
By all accounts, the effort has been a huge success. Not only is Xbox Game Pass reporting record amounts of subscribers, but engagement with the brand seems up across the board.
Of course, nabbing titles like Bethesda’s Starfield as an Xbox exclusive also helps when it comes to overall success. But it’s worth noting that Xbox’s PC dominance doesn’t just extend to Game Pass.
In fact, Xbox is outperforming the majority of game developers on Steam, according to recent statistics.
Xbox Tops the Steam Charts During Summer Sale
The Steam Summer Sale is currently in full flow, and Xbox is topping the charts.
In the opening week of the sale, Xbox managed to make it onto the bestseller list 4 times in the Top 7 best sellers. Sea of Thieves has taken the top spot for 2 weeks in a row, following the launch of the new Pirates of the Caribbean expansion.
Meanwhile, separate editions of Forza Horizon 4 hit #2 and #4 as hype rises for the graphically insane Forza Horizon 5. And finally, Halo: The Master Chief Collection managed to take #7 on the list, showing Xbox dominance across the platform.
And it’s not just the Steam sale boosting Xbox numbers either. Analyst BenjiSales on Twitter reports that Xbox is benefitting from good discounts, but consistently brings in some of the best figures on the platform.
“There’s a ton of money to be made,” BenjiSales reports. “Xbox has become one of the best selling publishers on the platform and PlayStation sees a big opportunity for their games to also succeed there”
Recently, Sony has been listing 41 of its own games on Steam, suggesting a change of heart from the publisher. While the company has traditionally been against porting games to PC, this AAA PS4 game is coming to Steam very soon!
What’s more, PlayStation Studios’ most recent acquisition suggests far more PC ports are coming in the future! That developer isn’t the only one that Sony’s been busy acquiring either.
Xbox Games Are Dominating the PC Market
But what’s most incredible about the Xbox stats above, is that the best-selling titles in question are also available on Xbox Game Pass! While players could get access to the games for a few dollars a month, they’re choosing to purchase the titles to own.
Recently, Phil Spencer went into detail about how the Xbox Game Pass business model works. And here, we can see the effect that the game service has in action.
Not only are gamers buying their favorite titles on Xbox’s store, and playing them on Game Pass, the software is selling better than ever on other markets too! And now, we’re even more excited about all the great games coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2021 and beyond!
The Xbox Boss also revealed when the Xbox One support will end, in a recent interview. And Spencer even had more to say on the Xbox Series X/S shortage and upcoming limited edition consoles.