Microsoft is betting big on Xbox One and Windows 10 as a unified platform. The company is introducing many unifying features and Xbox exclusive games on Windows 10. According to Phil Spencer, Microsoft will be sharing their plans for the future of Xbox and Windows 10 gaming in the coming weeks and months.
We can expect a detailed press event at E3.
Over the next few weeks and months, we’ll be sharing more of our plans for gaming on Xbox One, Windows 10 and beyond. And as always, keep the feedback coming
Phil Spencer wrote a very detailed post and said goodbye to Xbox 360. The focus is now on creating incredible experiences on Xbox One and crack into the PC market with Windows 10 gaming.
If Microsoft wishes to succeed than some major criticisms need to be addressed. We know Microsoft has made it evident that Xbox isn’t its only gaming platform and PC is a major focus now. However, its Windows 10 gaming store needs to be fixed if it wants to use it as a gaming hub for Universal Windows Platform.
Microsoft has sought to align its Windows 10 and Xbox One game development under Universal Windows Platform. Microsoft needs to release a proper client that rivals Steam and doesn’t choke developers and strip gamers of their freedom.
We saw Microsoft try to rival Steam with Games for Windows initiative which is something we hardly remember now. Windows 10 Store in its current form is a clunky, confused, and badly organized cluster of applications.
Meanwhile, there are those who heavily criticize UWP’s policies for game developers. Recently, Tim Sweeney slammed UWP by saying:
In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made. [Microsoft] is effectively telling developers you can use these Windows features only if you submit to the control of our locked-down UWP ecosystem.They’re curtailing users’ freedom to install full-featured PC software, and subverting the rights of developers and publishers to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.
Microsoft needs to let go of some of the control it wants over devs and their games. Freedom, features, choice, well-organized platform, massive library, mod support, are the things that make Steam successful.