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Microsoft's Windows Insider survey hints at VR, Steam distribution plans


Microsoft have just released a detailed survey for people signed up to the Windows Insider program, and it may hint at some of the things the company is looking at for the future.

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There's quite a bit in the new market research from Microsoft, much of it digging into the details of your system: what OS you use, what your specs are, which brands you prefer.

They ask whether you prefer playing on PC to console, too, as well as which platforms on PC you like to use. Windows Store, anyone? Perhaps Microsoft really meant it when they said they will publish games on Steam again.

It's not all about finding out where you game, though. The survey includes quite a bit of interest in VR. This follows rumours that Microsoft are planning to launch or partner with a VR manufacturer for their more powerful Xbox One, Project Scorpio. With all the unification between Xbox One and PC, it'd need to be something that works across both.

Outside of that, the company is showing a bit of interest in eSports and looking into which genres of games people prefer. It's quite a lengthy one, but you can check out the Windows Insider survey yourself at that link. 

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1 Year ago

So is this market research all that win 10 snoop on all your shit then.

Looks like it.

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1 Year ago

Ahem, VR and Steam are hardly of any significant releveance in this survey. And those hint you see are not visible in the survey either. That's pure speculation. The survey itself though is a good chance for PC gamers to bring forward constructive feedback. I hope many core PC gamers will use it in the right way.

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1 Year ago

Yeah. The desperate belief that Microsoft will be some kind of saviour has me scratching my head. The anti-competitive Microsoft; The 'smile with Novell while we pull the gun' Microsoft; The 'cloud is the future, so is spying on everyone and reading their emails' Microsoft. Really?

To me, the saviour of the future is good Linux distributions (Mint and SteamOS) along with Vulkan. Interesting thing: Doom 2016 actually ran better on Linux in its beta than the released Windows version does on Windows. Of course, the release version won't run on Linux thanks to the presence of Denuvo. Thanks Denuvo!

So if anything, I see Windows being the death of PC gaming. At least the kind of PC gaming as I know it -- as an open platform, with modding capabilities, multiple store fronts, et cetera.

I'd love to be wrong. But we both know I won't be. It's Microsoft.