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Wow. Today has been a much bigger news day than I expected.

Earlier this morning, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer uploaded a post onto Xbox Wire talking about Game Pass on PC. In that article he details how PC is getting it’s own version of Game Pass and how Win32 is getting support on Windows 10 PC’s, but the middle section is titled “More Choice in Where to Buy Xbox Game Studios Titles”.

This is the real meat of this announcement. It’s no secret that the windows store isn’t the best on the PC. A lot of gamers (myself included) have tried to limit our usage of that store as much as possible due to the various problems it has had since it’s addition to the Windows PC ecosystem. However, in this article on Xbox Wire, Phil Spencer details a new focus to bring future titles to Steam as well. We’ve already had plenty of other Microsoft exclusives end up on steam over the years, such as Cuphead, Sunset Overdrive, Ryse, and Dead Rising 3. They have also announced that The Master Chief Collection is coming to steam which is huge! However, in this article it’s specifically stated that Xbox Studios game will launch on steam starting with Gears of War 5 later this year. Microsoft “believes you should have choice in where you buy your PC games.”

Microsoft also goes on to say that they know that millions of gamers trust Steam and that choice is very important to them. They’re 100% right on that front, and I am very happy about this news. More choice is never a bad thing, and it seems that Microsoft just wants to get their games into as many hands as possible. They also go on to state that cross play is another very important aspect to them and that their Xbox Studios titles will feature cross play across PC and Console.

This is honestly a pretty big deal. This comes right as the drama surrounding Epic Games is heightening, so for a huge presence in the games industry to just come out and say they will no longer do what Epic has been doing with games is refreshing to say the least.

At the end of the day, gamers get more choice in how and where they play, and that’s never a bad thing. I’m very excited for Microsoft’s future in the PC market.

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