With the news this week that State of Decay 2 will be launching on May 22nd on PC and Xbox One, it’s brought into sharp focus a key issue for Microsoft these days - the dreaded Windows 10 Store. While it’s often easy to avoid the Windows Store entirely, Microsoft is finally beginning to ramp up its game production; between State of Decay 2, Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3, there are now plenty of reasons to be buying PC games from the Windows Store.
The problem is, there’s also a far longer list of reasons why you shouldn’t. First and foremost, it rules out Windows 7 users. There’s also no support for third-party overlays, mods, or exclusive full screen, and that’s not forgetting that actually navigating the store and your Windows game library is an absolute mess.
But, crucially, there is now a growing list of games that can only be played through the Windows Store. Not huge, by any standard, but enough to pique my interest. I think my own personal tipping point is going to be Sea of Thieves. While there’s a lot to dislike about the Windows Store, I’d be cutting my nose off to spite my face if I didn’t give Rare’s swashbuckling MMO-lite a go.
So by the end of this month, I’ll probably be knee-deep in the Windows Store, and the thing that’s convinced me isn’t anything to do with what Microsoft has done to improve the store, but rather a particular piece of software that’s only available through it - Sea of Thieves.
But what would it take to convince you to begin buying games from the Windows Store? Are there any games from Microsoft that could push you over the edge, Age of Empires 4 perhaps? Or what about the actual Windows Store itself needs to be improved before you’ll stray from Steam? Get voting and let us know why below!