Microsoft may actually be compromised with PC games this time!
Microsoft has for years said it is committed to PC gaming. But even when the company started putting more Xbox games on Windows, it was challenging to take the effort seriously due to several problems.
In the event since the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) earlier this month, Microsoft once again made that claim. Only now, finally, is it beginning to make more sense. In the past two weeks, Microsoft has unveiled a host of new features, policies, and enhancements for PC gamers.
The Xbox Game Pass for PC was released in beta and cost only $ 13.99. The company also confirmed plans to bring games to Steam and potentially other stores. So at E3, Microsoft unveiled games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and released the new Xbox application in beta for Windows 10.
I did not get a chance to try out Flight Simulator, but I spent some time with the Xbox application since I got there E3. After a few days, it’s already a significantly better gaming experience than the Microsoft Store.
You can try it too. But you may need to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 first. You can force this update by going here and getting the Xbox beta installer. A dedicated hub The Microsoft Store in Windows 10 does not offer one of the best experiences – especially for PC gaming.
It’s hard to find games with search, and it’s even hard to find the ones you own. Authentication issues were a consistent problem for people trying to start their games. The catalog is also far inferior to Steam. All those usability issues took players back to Steam.
But Microsoft says they’ve heard of the issues, and the Xbox application must deal with them. “We’re trying to address [authentication and usability],” Xbox Live general manager Dan McCulloch said in a room full of information at E3. “We are working very closely with our partners and our users. But we’re launching now and we want this feedback.”
From the point of view of user experience, the application is a big step forward. The store is easy to navigate, and you do not have all the other Windows applications mixed up to confuse things. You can also quickly open a complete list of games that you have.
And then anything you install will appear on the left side of the application so you can open it whenever you want. But Microsoft’s focus with this app is evident – it’s all about the Game Pass. Xbox Game Pass When you open the Xbox application, the first screen is dedicated to the Game Pass.
You can see recently added releases, games by genre, and an option to see all titles over 100. My favorite feature, however, is the “Surprise me” tool. This allows you to press a button to get a random hint for a game. But the prominence of the Game Pass in the application is indicative of why Microsoft takes PC games seriously this time around.
The company believes it has finally found the solution to make money from games on Windows. The future of Xbox is also the future of Windows Windows is one of the most popular gaming platforms in the world, but unlike the consoles, Microsoft can not get a slice of the revenue for every game sold.
Most games go through third-party applications that owe nothing to Microsoft. Steam represents a significant portion of these sales. He’s a giant. And while Epic is trying to compete directly with the Epic Games Store, Microsoft will not go into direct confrontation with Valve for PC gaming.
Instead, Microsoft will link Windows to the Xbox Game Pass for PC. And for people who want to keep buying their games, they can do it on Steam, Epic Games Store or anywhere else. Microsoft is looking for a different audience that prefers a Netflix style subscription.
Microsoft is not trying to beat anyone. It is using its strengths to create an alternative space where it can excel. And this is important because it can completely transform how Microsoft generates money in Windows. For example, it may soon make sense for the company to make Windows for free on Gamers PCs for players to sign the Game Pass.