Up For Debate - What Would It Take For You To Use The Windows 10 Store?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jun 18, 2016 4:00 PM
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Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference was almost undeniably incredible for PC gamers. We’ve been crying out for support from Microsoft for PC, and out came Phil Spencer and co, confirming what we’d all hoped - each and every Xbox One exclusive, going forward, will also come out on PC. That’s probably 6-8 top quality games every year.

But, and there’s always a but, I must point back towards the word ‘almost’ above. You see, the caveat is that if you want Microsoft’s games, you’re going to have to play them Microsoft’s way. All Xbox Play Anywhere games will require you buying and playing the game through the Windows Store. That means no Halo 6 on Steam. No Forza Horizon 3 on Origin. No Sea of Thieves on Uplay. Every one of these games will necessitate you have Windows 10, and that you buy it through the Windows Store as a UWP app.

I myself don’t have a great deal of problems with this. The Windows Store has its fair share of issues, sure, but I’m confident Microsoft will address these going forward. For the market at large though, there is widespread discontent. You only have to look at our poll of favourite E3 press conferences to see this. Microsoft’s is the least popular, despite announcing more games for PC than any other press conference.

I understand that lot of PC gamers aren’t happy with the Windows Store and Microsoft’s treatment in general of PC as a gaming platform over the years. But what would it take to turn you around and get you buying games on the Windows Store? Is there anything that could be changed or fixed, or is Steam or else for you?

Share your thoughts below and let us know what you think of those juicy Microsoft exclusives and whether you’re planning to play them!

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21:39 Jun-20-2016

Honesty it doesnt matter to me. Sure Steam is a million times better than Windows store but I'm not going to let a few problems and missing features keep me from playing a game I want to. I'm happy that Microsoft is bringing their games to PC in the first place.

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15:02 Jun-20-2016

If Microsoft sold it to steam or GOG and either one of them buried the platform in a landfill like the lost Atari ET game.

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11:43 Jun-20-2016

If all the games could run as well as on Steam or GOG, with modding support and all the graphics settings and stuff. Basically if the game in the windows store was the best version it could be, and cheaper than steam.

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11:02 Jun-20-2016

Windows Store makes Origin look like Steam.

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06:28 Jun-20-2016

Full integration with steam, origin, uplay, gog and whatever else there is so that all my games can be stored and opened from one launcher. Then complete modding support for all the games microsoft makes such as quanrum break and other xbox one "exclusives", and lastly allowing me to choose where my games are installed

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05:02 Jun-20-2016

Well... If Microsoft would update Windows 10 to where the user can have complete control over Windows Update like Windows 7 has then I may would give Windows 10 & the Windows store a try. However until Microsoft gives control of updates back to the user I will not be getting Windows 10 so I will not be trying the Windows Store.

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03:09 Jun-20-2016

What would it take me? Well, just make it work properly. I would prefer to use steam but i won't stop myself from playing a game just because it use a different platform.

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15:02 Jun-20-2016

I agree. Just don't make me feel like I'm playing a gimped version of the game and make me feel in control of the program. I bought some little Mahjong game for sale on the store and it straight up wouldn't load. Couldn't figure out what the problem was. It would launch the splash screen and then stay there. Could find and .ini files to try and fix it, and then several months later it just started working. I spent $0.10 USD on that game, can you imagine if it was $60 USD?

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17:52 Jun-19-2016

i, personally, dont have a problem with this. steam had to start out somewhere. most people on here wouldnt remember steam crashig in the early days from being overloaded just for cs1.6, or how you were required to have stream to play hl2. microsoft is in the same boat. as long as the game selection gets bigger, we get access to mod the game, sli/xfire, unlocked frame rates (pending developer programming) then it could be a good thing.

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17:14 Jun-19-2016

Microsoft would have to pay me $1 million per year I used that stupid store.

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16:28 Jun-19-2016

The fact we need to ask this question already answers it.

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15:39 Jun-19-2016

hmm

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15:37 Jun-19-2016

Just make the store and the games run well, that's all there is to it

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12:59 Jun-19-2016

If they want our money then they should release the games in the stores we shop at, not the other way around! This another sign of Microsoft's arrogance!

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13:03 Jun-19-2016

When they decide to bail again, like they did with GFWL, this time gamers won't be sitting around pissed like before because their games would be on steam!

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11:34 Jun-19-2016

Nothing, absolutely nothing can ge me to use the Windows Store. Microsoft's spying and underhanded ways to try to get me to download Windows 10 has turned me off of all things Microsoft. I'm doing just fine without their games!

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12:56 Jun-19-2016

Amen!

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11:16 Jun-19-2016

Aw come on people what is wrong with you? Dont you like downloading THE SAME CONTENT FOR 23462836 TIMES AND STILL CANT MANAGE TO OPEN IT AND CANT GET YOUR MONEY BACK!!!

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11:17 Jun-19-2016

sorry

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11:19 Jun-19-2016

lol that happened to me, but luckily it was the free forza 6 apex, but jeez that was enough to put me off!!

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11:24 Jun-19-2016

Consider yourself lucky then.

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11:07 Jun-19-2016

I have an xbone and the store is rubbish to use, i signed up to windows 10 store to try the forza 6 apex game and it took weeks of retrying before i could play it, then it ran like **** compared to project cars! i wont be buying there!

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11:21 Jun-19-2016

The only game that could entice me would be FIFA 17, as i could play with my xbox friends, sell the console, never buy one again! and not have to pay for XBOX LIVE! do that microsoft and i'll change my mind!

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10:59 Jun-19-2016

I'm old fashioned. I don't know how good Win10 store is, but as long as I can go to a game store and buy a physical version, I have no need for this or other sites. Unluckly todays games need to be installed via steam...

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20:52 Jun-19-2016

yeah and installing games on steam can be a pain in the ass if you have limited internet. 60 GB for GTA V is quite a lot and not only that some people also have a low download speed and it would take days getting games from there inc my gf.

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10:47 Jun-19-2016

I used it for Quantum break and while it was an inconvenience and no where near as good as steam it's still better than nothing

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10:09 Jun-19-2016

Putting the games on steam instead

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09:19 Jun-19-2016

Never used it, but I might for Forza Horizon 3, it's a franchise I wanted to play for some time now, but don't have an xbox.

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13:45 Jun-19-2016

Yeah , the only Reason that I can buy from Store is Forza Horizon 3 :D

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