Microsoft announced that they will be supporting competing PC game stores. From now on they will be distributing Xbox title to huge PC gaming marketplace lead by Valve’s steam. As we all know that Microsoft was distributing the gaming titles on their store to Xbox gaming consoles. But, now they say that it would be better to cover more gaming audience. So, the players can buy the game from multiple marketplaces, they generally love to purchase with.
Said by Xbox chief Phil Spencer. “We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games. We’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like a choice”. We all know about the popular integration of Xbox with Windows 10. Xbox game can now be played to any windows PC. Microsoft still working with Nintendo for integrations. Soon coming up with xCloud cloud gaming platform and implementing the whole new model in the gaming industry.
In addition to this shift to support Steam and competing stores. Microsoft says it’s also opening up support in the Microsoft Store for games built as native Win32 apps. Which is the predominant Windows app format and the format that UWP effectively was designed to replace.
“We recognize that Win32 is the app format that game developers love to use and gamers love to play, so we are excited to share that we will be enabling full support for native Win32 games to the Microsoft Store on Windows,” Spencer writes. “This will unlock more options for developers and gamers alike, allowing for the customization and control they’ve come to expect from the open Windows gaming ecosystem.” At last, we think it’s a good decision by Microsoft for distributing Xbox games over steam.