In a massive announcement today, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, talked about Microsoft’s approach to PC gaming. He confirmed that Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC, while future Xbox Game Studios titles will launch on Steam, starting with Gears 5.
“We believe the player should be at the center of their gaming experience and be able to harness the unique benefits of the devices they choose to play on,” Phil said. He also addressed Microsoft’s history with PC gaming, saying that “We’ve not always lived up to our aspiration of keeping gamers at the center of everything we do when it comes to the experience they’ve had on Windows.”
Xbox Game Pass comes to PC
Xbox Game Pass on PC will allow players to access “over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10” through the Windows Store. Xbox is partnering with developers and publishers like Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA
and others. They’ll also be bringing all Xbox Game Studios titles to the service day-and-date alongside the Xbox One versions.
Just like on Xbox, PC Game Pass subscribers will get a 20% discount on games purchased through the Windows Store, with a 10% discount on DLC. More information on Xbox Game Pass for PC will be revealed during the Xbox E3 2019 briefing.
Xbox Game Studios Titles on Steam
Not content with one major announcement, Phil Spencer also revealed that future Xbox Game Studios titles will be coming to Steam, including Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and Gears 5.
“We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice,” Phil explained. “We also know that there are other stores on PC, and we are working to enable more choice in which store you can find our Xbox Game Studios titles in the future.”
Finally, Phil also confirmed that they will be supporting full Win32 games on the Windows Store.
This is a hefty amount of information to reveal pre-E3 and with Xbox Game Studios titles coming to Steam (and potentially other PC stores) with Xbox Game Pass for PC allowing users to download games from the Microsoft store, there’s a very big push for PC gaming being made right now.
We’ll be covering the Xbox E3 2019 conference and all the announcements made there.