Microsoft is throwing its weight behind Steam, pledging Gears 5, Age of Empires, and more for PC
Today, Microsoft unveiled Xbox Game Pass for PC, alongside some other information on how Xbox will support the Windows PC ecosystem.
Microsoft unveiled Xbox Game Pass for PC today, revealing that 75+ developers have pledged support for the new subscription service, including PC heavyweights like Sega, Paradox Interactive, Bethesda, and dozens more, curating a list of over 100 games. Alongside Xbox Game Pass for PC, Microsoft announced that Gears 5, Age of Empires Definitive Editions 1, 2, and 3 are also all coming to Steam, pledging further support for an open Windows gaming ecosystem.
Additionally, Microsoft has announced that the Windows 10 Microsoft Store will support traditional native Win32 games development and deployment, which represents a massive change of heart for the storefront. Up until now, games had to be bundled and ported to UWP, using tools like Project Centennial which developers have often found cumbersome.
More details should emerge from E3 2019 about how this stuff will work, and we'll be sure to try and get your questions answered too.
Related: Xbox Game Pass for PC list
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