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Microsoft says some of its future games will be available on Steam

By midian182 ยท 7 replies
Jun 17, 2016
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  1. Despite efforts to improve its failings, the Windows Store continues to struggle in Steam’s shadow when it comes to PC games. But it seems the two storefronts will soon be working closer together, as it’s been revealed Microsoft is planning to release more titles on Valve’s platform.

    Speaking on the Giant Bomb livesteam, Xbox head Phil Spencer acknowledged that Steam's dearth of Microsoft games isn’t causing it to lose sales. "I look at Steam today, it's on an incredible growth trajectory. It's a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I think it will be bigger a year from now than it is today. And five years later it will still be bigger again," Spencer said.

    "I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming's success on Windows. I don't think Valve's hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. They're doing incredibly well,” he added. Spencer then confirmed that Microsoft “will ship games on Steam again."

    Spencer admitted that the Windows Store games have been pretty hit and miss. He named Killer Instinct and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex as examples of titles that were well-received, but said that "Quantum Break wasn't our best PC release" and called Gear of War Ultimate Edition “Okay.”

    Spencer didn’t reveal which Microsoft games will arrive on Steam, or when to expect them, but he did say not every single release from the company will appear on both stores. “There’s going to be areas where we cooperate and there’s going to be areas where we compete. The end result is better for gamers,” he explained.

    Microsoft’s upcoming Anniversary update for Windows 10 will improve some of the issues found with games built using the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), such as the inability to disable V-sync and problems when using multiple GPUs.

    Microsoft will likely be hoping that allowing UWP apps to be sold by third parties will go some way toward disproving Epic Games Boss Tim Sweeney’s claim that the initiative is turning the PC into a walled garden.

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  2. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +114

    Sounds promising, but as usual with Microsoft, until it happens I doubt anything they say or claim. A few games they promised would come to PC so far were a trove of messes (GoW:UE, Quantum Break).

    But at least now there's more communication going on concerning the PC and Xbox coexisting, rather than them just acting like the PC never existed like before.
    Odium, Uncle Al and (deleted member) like this.
  3. Same here. I'll believe it when I see it.
    Remember when they said they're fine with cross network play? Any games with that feature yet?

    I take anything they say with a bag of salt.
    Odium and Uncle Al like this.
  4. Rocket league just implemented the cross platform feature between PC and Xbox if that's what you mean. But yeah nothing really much so far D:. Rule I've learned over the years for Microsoft news is: actual_final_product = marketed_final_product / 2 xD.
    Odium likes this.
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,518   +3,902

    One also has to wonder if they will be new or current games, or just recycling the same old stuff with a new sales graphic .....
  6. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 292   +42

    Phil Spencer is an imbecile.

    States the obvious, then says Steam won't be hurt by the games not being on it.

    THAT ISN'T THE POINT! Gamers are hurt by it.

    Why does anyone even give this guy opportunity to speak?
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    As far as I can tell, its playstation whos more neglecting to have that conversation than microsoft. Lots of games are coming to PC/xbox cross patform in the next years, like forza horizon 3 and halo wars 2.
  8. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +114

    I have a hunch it'll be a combo of both; or it may be more of a sloppy seconds deal, which I can care less about because we'd get the game eventually.

    What I've wanted on the PC forever were the Halo games so that I could play coop with a few friends. Im still crossing my fingers that they'll release the Master Chief Collection for PC, but at the same time I'm doubtful they will. As always, only time will tell :/
    Odium likes this.

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