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Microsoft Will Ruin Steam With Updates: Tim Sweeney

Epic boss Tim Sweeney is back with another jab at Microsoft. The man claims that Microsoft will slowly make Steam worse with its regular Windows updates.

Steam is the biggest client used for PC gaming and such a claim could cause an outrage among the community. However, his claim is not only based on own personal opinion and thinking only but a very interesting theory as well. Here’s what he said to Edge Magazine.

There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them. Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down

He went on to say that Microsoft may phase out Win32 based apps. But for that to happen, the studio will have convince everybody to use Universal Windows platform.

The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform.

It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones

Furthermore, Tim Sweeney said that they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. Microsoft will never completely break it but push to a point where people are just fed up. Using UWP will seem like a good idea.

Source: Edge Magazine