Microsoft Will Release More PC Games on Steam, Focusing on Xbox Store
Phil Spencer discusses the trials of its current Windows games.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed to GameSpot that Microsoft has plans to bring more of its PC titles to Steam in the future.
Spencer noted that, “I look at Steam today, it’s on an incredible growth trajectory. It’s a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I think it will be bigger a year from now than it is today. And five years later it will still be bigger again. I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming’s success on Windows. I don’t think Valve’s hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. They’re doing incredible well. We will ship games on Steam again.”
Though he didn’t clarify which games would be heading to Steam, there is still a focus on building the Xbox Store for PC. “I want to build a store; there’s no doubt about that.”
Interestingly, Spencer also noted that some of Microsoft’s PC releases haven’t been doing all that well on the Windows Store. “They all haven’t gone swimmingly. Some of them have gone well. Forza 6 Apex did well. Quantum Break wasn’t our best PC release. Killer Instinct did well on PC. Gears of War Ultimate Edition was OK – we definitely learned there.”
When it comes to Steam, Spencer said, “There’s going to be areas where we cooperate and there’s going to be areas where we compete. The end result is better for gamers.”
And though there was plenty of controversy about Quantum Break not coming to Steam when announced for PC, Spencer did note, “I think they’re doing fine without Quantum Break in their store.”
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