Microsoft just rebooted its entire PC gaming strategy

Microsoft just rebooted its entire PC gaming strategy

Xbox Game Pass for PC will bring over 100 games to Windows 10, which players can download and play for a flat monthly subscription. In a blog post today, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said Microsoft will do the same thing on PC, mentioning upcoming titles from Obsidian and inXile specifically.

Finally, Microsoft is bringing its Game Pass subscription service to PC. Although it has the same name as the Xbox One service, Microsoft says that Xbox Game Pass for PC is "a new experience" that will serve PC players and game developers. It's called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it's a new experience that we are building together with the PC community.

One last technical note: Microsoft is enabling the sale of Win32 apps on the Microsoft Store, which is an older software architecture that's still common for making games.

"Microsoft promises that the library remains curated" and that new games will be added to the library every month. More details will be shared during Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference.

Spencer said Microsoft plans to share more information about Xbox Game Pass for PC during its E3 briefing on June 9. Age of Empires III: Complete Edition, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Alan Wake, or Halo Wars: Definitive Edition on Steam already. Where Game Pass factors in is that players from any ecosystem will be able to play against each other and Xbox One players (for applicable titles).

Spencer's final announcement of the day is probably more exciting for developers than for consumers: Microsoft will enable native Win32 support for PC games on the Microsoft Store, so that should make the company's storefront a more attractive place to host games.

For years, PC gaming has flourished nearly in spite of Microsoft's efforts, as the company has tried (and failed) on several occasions to funnel players into its own digital storefronts.

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