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Xbox's Phil Spencer Plans to Fix the Windows/Microsoft Store for PC Gamers

The Xbox App for Windows 10 will also see a major overhaul in the future.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Plans to Fix the Windows/Microsoft Store for PC Gamers

Xbox's Phil Spencer Plans to Fix the Windows/Microsoft Store for PC Gamers 

It is fair to say that Windows 10 hasn't lived up to its promise, especially for PC gamers, thanks to the lacklustre adoption of the DirectX 12 API, the OS' often buggy updates and the many criticisms of the Windows/Microsoft Store and the store exclusive UWP games that are contained within.    

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this console generation is the start of Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere program, which promises to release all future first-party Xbox games on both PC and Xbox platforms, with cross-save functionality and the ability to purchase the game digitally on one platform and play it on the other. Sadly the downsides of the Windows/Microsoft Store has prevented these games from becoming as popular as they could be.

Right now the installation procedure of Microsoft Store games is often buggy and the games on the storefront don't usually play well with overlays like MSI afterburner or gameplay recording programs like Radeon ReLive and Nvidia Shadowplay, all of which are instant turn-offs for hardened PC users, not to mention how difficult it is to navigate the storefront itself. 

At last weekend's X018 event, Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, stated that they are committed to PC gaming and he has plans to take a bigger leadership role in the Windows's Store's development. Hopefully, this will result in a better Windows Store in time, one that PC gamers will eventually find comparable to Steam, GOG and EA Origin in time, if not better. 

     I think we’ve got a ton of work to do on Windows, Windows is something I’m very committed to, I’ve heard the feedback about our Store. I’m going to take a bigger leadership role on what’s going on with the Windows Store, make it really tailored to the gamers that we know want to see the best from what we have to offer.

 

Xbox's Phil Spencer Plans to Fix the Windows/Microsoft Store for PC Gamers  

Microsoft has been investing heavily into the future of both PC gaming and their Xbox platform, acquiring new developers to expand their exclusive games library while expanding in extensions to DirectX 12 like DXR (DirectX Raytracing) and DirectML (DirectX Machine Learning), both of which will enable future games to take advantage of the new hardware capabilities that are offered by modern graphics cards. 

With Windows/Microsoft Store has a long way to go before gamers will be able to trust it, though at least now we know that Microsoft is taking the store's development seriously, as until now the storefront has been mostly filled with anguish and disappointment. 

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12-11-2018, 07:20:51

Daiyus
About time they came out and admitted it. They've got some great games thanks to Xbox Play Anywhere, and while I'm willing to deal with the store in its current state to support them, I know many more people refuse to touch it with a ten foot barge pole regardless of what games are offered. I really hope they actually follow through on this.Quote

12-11-2018, 08:22:40

Dicehunter
What I think is quite archaic on the MS Store is if you have, For example, Gears of War, Forza etc... installed on a separate HDD and need to do a Windows format, Even though you have those games already downloaded and installed on your separate HDD, You have to redownload them all over again for your new Windows installation, That needs fixing ASAP, Steam, GOG, Origin, Uplay, BattleNet all have the ability to store games on a separate device and with a new installation of Windows or said programs you can simply point the application to the install folder, It scans it and if need be repairs any files and downloads missing portions.


This is 1 feature that should've been implemented upon the launch of the MS Store.Quote

12-11-2018, 08:27:24

Daiyus
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
What I think is quite archaic on the MS Store is if you have, For example, Gears of War, Forza etc... installed on a separate HDD and need to do a Windows format, Even though you have those games already downloaded and installed on your separate HDD, You have to redownload them all over again for your new Windows installation, That needs fixing ASAP, Steam, GOG, Origin, Uplay, BattleNet all have the ability to store games on a separate device and with a new installation of Windows or said programs you can simply point the application to the install folder, It scans it and if need be repairs any files and downloads missing portions.


This is 1 feature that should've been implemented upon the launch of the MS Store.
Absolutely agreed. I contacted Microsoft support about this issue a few months ago. It's so annoying to have hundreds of GB's re-downloaded for no good reason. It wasn't a big deal when I had one or two games on the store. Now I have some massive titles like Gears of War and Forza Horizon 4 it starts to become a major annoyance. It takes me a few days of solid downloading to get all my games from the Microsoft Store now.Quote

12-11-2018, 09:17:44

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Daiyus View Post
Absolutely agreed. I contacted Microsoft support about this issue a few months ago. It's so annoying to have hundreds of GB's re-downloaded for no good reason. It wasn't a big deal when I had one or two games on the store. Now I have some massive titles like Gears of War and Forza Horizon 4 it starts to become a major annoyance. It takes me a few days of solid downloading to get all my games from the Microsoft Store now.

I still haven't finished Gear 1 or 4, I want to but as I format and spring clean quite a lot, Once a month or so, It wouldn't be worth downloading near 200GB of files every month or 2 especially since I'm only on a 20Mbps line.Quote

13-11-2018, 06:16:02

demonking
Personally, I found the store ridiculously cluttered, even more so than Steam. Unless I knew exactly what I was looking for it was like looking for a needle in a field of haystacks.
I think that both of those platforms need to look at this, steam is really bad at the moment as well, finding a gem is really really difficult unless you know exactly what you want.

The other issues are as mentioned the lack of scanning for files already installed and the buggy as hell integration with other software, I found that some apps have huge difficulties with Background engine, Shadowplay and Discord and the same issue as always, im fed up with all my games being in separate user interfaces. its the reason I gave up on battlefield and assassins creed. Console players do not have this issue and if Microsoft can come up with a solution this would be a massive bonusQuote
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