E3 2016: Microsoft Will Still Bring PC Games to Steam
Just when you thought that Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere program was going to force you to play PC games through the questionable functionality of the Microsoft Store, Phil Spencer and his gamer sensibilities come through to save the day. On a Giant Bomb live stream, Spencer confirmed that Microsoft would bring PC games back to Steam.
Speaking to the Giant Bomb crew, Spencer said, “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.”
That being said, Spencer wouldn’t commit to which games would be coming to Steam by titles, size or genre. For him, trying to build the Microsoft Store as a platform for its games is still a priority, even with concerns over the Microsoft Store and Windows 10. With the likes of Ori and the Blind Forest and Age of Empires landing on Steam recently while Forza 6 and Quantum Break went to the Microsoft Store. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Xbox Play Anywhere program only works through the Microsoft Store and it’s the big first-party titles that will be part of that program.