Ever since Microsoft acquainted the public with the Xbox, the technology company has slowly but surely distanced itself from backing video games on the PC. At one point in time, the corporation dominated the PC gaming market, but eventually they opted to focus more on developing titles for Xbox instead. Lately, distribution services like Steam and GOG have been leading the charge in the PC gaming revolution, which has led some gamers to relegate Microsoft to the position of a console gaming steward.
Focusing on consoles has somewhat proven to be a financially prudent move on Microsoft’s part, specifically with victories such as the Xbox One beating PS4 for system sales in April. Even so, Xbox head Phil Spencer has recently acknowledged that his company hasn’t made all of the right choices when it comes to properly utilizing its Windows operating system as a platform for video games. But now, with Windows 10’s July 29 release fast approaching, the Xbox boss is assuring PC fans that Microsoft is taking every possible step to re-secure its dominance of the PC gaming realm.
In an interview with PC Gamer, Spencer makes claims that Microsoft is heavily investing in Windows 10 as an avenue for video games, saying:
“We weren’t fully committed as a company, and I’ve said that before. We made commitments to developers and consumers that I don’t feel we lived up to. The key difference now is that the Xbox team is driving the Windows and console gaming efforts as one connected ecosystem.
“I can tell you definitively that our team has never committed more resources to making Windows better for game developers and gamers, and that means any gamer on Windows 10, regardless of storefront or device.”
Since Spencer’s claims regarding Windows 10’s PC gaming abilities are bold, it’s important that he backs them up when presenting at E3’s first ever PC Gaming Show on June 16. With Microsoft’s recent track record in PC gaming, wowing everyone could prove to be a Herculean effort, but with the numerous reported features involving Windows 10’s unification with Xbox One, hopefully the demonstration will be favorable.
At the presentation, Spencer is expected to show off Windows 10’s own Xbox Live app complete with Cortana integration, which will supposedly allow gamers to seamlessly stream any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 device, including tablets and PCs. And with titles like the highly anticipated Fables Legends offering cross-platform support between the Xbox One and PC, reception ought to be positive. Not to mention, Windows 10 will have the popular League of Legends in the Windows Store thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and the China-based company Tencent, which should win the hearts of eSports fans everywhere.
Plus, Windows 10 has allegedly been constructed with virtual reality in mind, as it should support the HoloLens, Microsoft’s answer to the Oculus Rift. While the HoloLens will be working in tandem with Windows 10 primarily as a gaming unit, myriad other uses are planned as well.
Windows 10 will be available on July 29th, and Phil Spencer will be expounding on all of the operating system’s video game-geared features at E3’s initial PC Gaming show on June 16.