Well, the bigger issue is that many of the games on the list won't be avaiable on PC since there is no port and no emulator for old 360 games on PC. Maybe they'll release one but I doubt it will be anytime soon.
The service definitely won't introduce any new port-tools for the games. Only "Play Anywhere" titles will be available for non-xBox owners, and that is a stretch (they certainly can disable the play-anywhere status, just as my previous comment says, it would be harder for them to do that than to just leave it on).
The previous comment was never a judgement over whether or not it's worth subscribing to the game-pass for PC only. Just my opinion on the probability of whether or not you could play the "Play Anywhere" games.
Yeah....I think you went too far into the rabbit hole here.
But it kinda is.
Because anything unexpected for a user is a nightmare. Maybe not for him, but for someone who will be obligated to help and/or advice him what to do. For support operators. For everyone, hot tech-savy like YOU
Well, in my experience, everyone who doesn't understand what this checkbox means shouldn't install software themselves anyway. That's just how it is. So no, there is no difference for support operators imho. The same people who needed support before will still need support now. Everybody who got along installing stuff themselves won't need any help with this either.
I like how UWP apps don't leave a trail of files and registries behind all over the system. UWP apps keep them contained in 1 folder.
I understand what you're saying, but Microsoft doesn't "need" the extra sales - they're not going out of business any time soon because of the extra sales they would've gotten from a Steam release.
I would of course prefer to use Steam as well, but to be honest, I don't care if I download the games from Steam, Uplay, Origin, GOG or any other place for that matter.
Now, the Windows Store absolutely has its issues and it's pretty bad compared to the other digital distribution clients available. It needs more features and it needs to get fixed in other regards as well. Especially removing or make it easy to hide shitty mobile games and stuff. Simply put, a better store front overall.
However, I purchase and play good games. I don't care where I have to purchase and download them. I will support good games no matter the choice of client and so far, Microsoft has been releasing some good games (especially Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. Killer Instinct is pretty good if you're into those games as well - I'm not. And the mini-version of Forza is great for what it is as well). If they continue to do so and if they make their store front better, people will follow - just like they did with Origin and, in many cases, Uplay.
What a reasonable and mature stance on the the topic, my respect. It's a rare sight on the internet today. And I like to add that I totally agree with you, my first and foremost interest is to play good games. I don't know any client that would seriously hinder me to have fun with games, the Windows Store included. Sure, it's far from perfect but it's getting better and most important, you can just play your games like anywhere else.
The simple truth is that giving 30% to Steam is kind of stupid if you have the server architecture yourself. If you don't want to use the Windows Store, well, it's your loss.
No its M$ loss, they are failing to make sales because they refuse to use the most widely used gaming platform on the planet. Let me put it to you this way, if you use the market and only sell around 40000 copies but if it was on Steam and it sold 200000 copies to me that out does any lose they take to 30 percent. Which one do you thinks makes more sense when you are reaching a far more receptive audience?
I did too, but you know what? I'd rather they concentrated on making a good game than some daft stretch goals that were clearly only at the ideas stage. Sometimes ideas sound good on paper and are actually crap in practice.
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