Xbox Game Pass: This is how much Microsoft would have paid for a popular Marvel game

Xbox Game Pass: This is how much Microsoft would have paid for a popular Marvel game

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We don't know exactly how the Xbox Game Pass revenue model works in detail. On the other hand, it is also normal: we are quite certain that any information on the subject is under a very strict NDA, or a non-disclosure agreement. David Gibson, analyst of MST Financial, an agency that deals with drafting reports in various economic sectors including that of video games, has however recently stated how much the Redmond house has spent to host a popular Marvel game in its catalog.

Through his Twitter profile, Gibson analyzed the situation relating to Project Spartacus (the new PS5 service, which will probably be announced next week), revealing however a very interesting detail. how much it cost Microsoft to put Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy into the Xbox Game Pass catalog. Before analyzing the figure, it is always good to remember that we are in the field of hypotheses, but knowing the tools available to Gibson the range declared by him could be decidedly realistic.

Keep in mind that MSFT paid about US $ 5- $ 10m for Guardians of the Galaxy to be on Games Pass… that is like $ 2 per game when retail is $ 29. Ok that is all profit but not too many publishers will be doing that given the low economics from Game Pass.

- David Gibson (@gibbogame) March 26, 2022

Gibson's analysis, however, is lacking in other details that should be considered, including the permanence of the game within the Microsoft service. If, for example, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy remained in the Xbox Game Pass catalog for just three months, perhaps the figure included in the analyst's range would be fully justified. Keep following for all the news and announcements in the pipeline from the world of video games.

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PlayStation Pass: Sony’s Answer To Xbox Game Pass Set To Be Revealed Soon

Sony will reveal the PlayStation's answer to Xbox Game Pass soon according to a new report.

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We’ve known it was coming for sometime now. Sony couldn’t sit idly by while Microsoft made such huge strides in making video games more convenient and accessible and do nothing.

I’ve written about the many ways that the Xbox is now a more consumer-friendly machine than the PlayStation, but much of that hinges on Microsoft’s terrific subscription service, Xbox Game Pass.

The service not only gives gamers access to hundreds of games, but also day one access to all of Microsoft’s first-party content, such as Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5.

Now, according to a new report from Bloomberg, Sony’s own version of Game Pass is set to be unveiled as early as next week. Apparently the new service will include multiple tiers that will offer different benefits, including games from previous PlayStation generations and game-streaming.

Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and Takashi Mochizuki report:

“Sony’s new service will combine two of its current offerings, PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus. Customers will be able to choose from multiple tiers offering catalogs of modern games and classics from older PlayStation eras.

“Documents obtained by Bloomberg last year showed the most expensive tier will also give players access to extended demos and the ability to stream games over the internet. A spokesperson for Sony didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.”

One thing the service is not likely to offer: Free access to first-party launch titles like God Of War: Ragnarök.

In that respect, Xbox Game Pass will still have an edge. Of course, many would justifiably argue that PlayStation has more—and better—exclusives, and that including them in a service like this would be a mistake for the company.

Hopefully we’ll know more soon.

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