Since its inception, Xbox Game Pass skeptics have wondered whether Microsoft’s popular subscription program is too good to be true. With Xbox generally reluctant to share hard numbers, watchers have speculated that the service will be treated as a loss leader in an attempt to build as many subscriptions as possible.

But during a press lightning bolt aimed at promoting the 20th anniversary of today’s Xbox, Xbox executive vice president Phil Spencer said it won’t even if subscriber growth slows. Instead, he said the service was “very, very sustainable” and “continues to grow”.

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Spencer’s comments follow the successful launch of Forza Horizon 5, which was available as a Day 1 release to Game Pass subscribers. With more than 8 million players since launch, Forza Horizon 5 is Xbox Game Studios’ largest launch to date.

At the beginning of the year, Microsoft boss Satya Nadella confirmed that Game Pass now has 18 million subscribers. Not bad for what was originally intended to be a rental service.

Meanwhile, Halo Infinite Multiplayer was released today and Xbox is ending its backward compatibility program. Here’s our guide to accessing Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor

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