PC gaming virtually solely means Windows gaming, and for higher or worse, which means Microsoft has an enormous stake within the platform. But from Games for Windows Live to the extra trendy Windows Store, the corporate’s initiatives to take cost of gaming on the OS have met with blended outcomes – so now Microsoft needs you to inform it what to do.
Microsoft’s Xbox division runs common ‘idea drives’ to assemble suggestions on varied options and let the neighborhood vote on which modifications are most vital. Users submit concepts, these submissions run via a moderation course of, after which the outcomes are opened up for voting.
The latest effort asks about gaming on Windows 10. Microsoft particularly asks what “you want Windows to do (or stop doing)” whereas gaming, what optimisations you need Windows to implement, and what “other gaming features” you’d prefer to see. There’s additionally a separate phase particularly pointed on the PC Game Bar. Some of the ideas to date embrace permitting streaming from PC to Xbox, and providing a separate model of Windows particularly optimised for games.
Whether any of the inevitable ideas to kill the Windows Store in favour of Steam make it via the moderation queue stays to be seen.
Microsoft’s PC gaming efforts previously few years have labored out higher than many previous examples, although that progress has been extremely gradual. But initiatives like cross-play, identical day PC releases of first-party, and a extra computer-focused version of Game Pass have been promising.
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Exactly how nicely any of those initiatives end up stays to be seen, however now that you simply’ve obtained an official discussion board to supply suggestions you possibly can a minimum of cease yelling at Phil Spencer on Twitter.