Matt Booty, Head of Xbox Game Studios, has today outlined Microsoft’s "continued investments" for PC gaming, which includes a selection of improvements coming soon for both players and developers.
On the player side, in addition to the arrival of Xbox Cloud Gaming for PC, Microsoft is introducing "more quality-of-life improvements, including improved install reliability and faster download speeds over the next few months."
In terms of creators, the developer share of Microsoft Store PC games sales net revenue will increase from 70% to 88% as of August 1, 2021, meaning that developers "can bring more games to more players and find greater commercial success from doing so."
This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of Microsoft's focus on PC gaming in 2021, and you can find many more details over at the official Xbox Wire website. The team has also announced today that Halo Infinite will feature cross-play and cross-progression on PC when it arrives this Fall, and will offer a "premier PC experience."
"We’ll continue listening to the community to ensure we’re delivering on our promises, and respecting how players choose to play. This is especially true as we head into the second half of 2021, when our work across the entire PC ecosystem has the potential to come together in a way that propels the industry forward and brings great games to more gamers around the world."
Are you happy with Microsoft's strategy towards PC gaming right now? Let us know down in the comments.
The developer share increase is really nice, always felt like the numbers are a bit high for developers.
Nice for developers but it'll take a lot more than that for me to use the Xbox app instead of the other far superior launchers. I've had nothing but issues with it and the lack of being able to mod games is a big no no
@SegataSanshiro I will say I would love for them to improve it and make it useful, then I'd probably keep Gamepass. The other issue is they need more console equivalent games available, its frustrating owning things like Resident Evil 3 but not being able to play it on PC
@SegataSanshiro I think I'm at less then 50% of games just working when installed, Alien Isolation was the latest which hard crashed my system every time when trying to start, Epic gave it away recently and it worked perfectly first time. I've had nothing but trouble with it and as you said that seems to be pretty common judging by the reviews
I remember getting game pass for €1 for a month to try out the windows store and not had any issues with downloading games from there and running them.
My main issue with the store is backing up your games as I like to backup my games on harddrives and for some unknown reason Microsoft decided to encrypt the file that stores the games which prevents me from backing up the games.
If Microsoft fixed this issue or if they want to keep it encrypted that is fine but allow a backup feature like what steam has. If they did this then I would buy more games from the windows store.
Microsoft really ought to release xCloud as a RetroArch "core". xCloud would be the only service available for budget gaming systems like the Raspberry Pi, Lakka, Batocera, etc. that could offer access to modern games, and that would make it incredibly popular. And it would encourage the use (and sale) of Xbox gamepads for those types of budget gaming systems.
the only gaming I'm interested in doing on PC is cloud gaming. every other gaming i plan to do will happen on console
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