As Epic Game Store’s hold on PC gaming tightens, Microsoft has announced that it will soon bring its titles to Steam. In addition to this, the company is bringing Xbox Game Pass to Windows 10 PC. The entire Game Pass library as well as Microsoft’s upcoming games will soon be easily accessible by PC gamers.
Xbox Game Pass
Two years after its introduction to Xbox One, Microsoft’s subscription service is coming to PC.
“Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10,” writes Microsoft.
Microsoft is working with over 75 publishers and developers to expand the catalog every month. Well-known studios such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, and Paradox Interactive already have some of their titles available via Game Pass. Furthermore, new Xbox Game Studios games will also release on Game Pass the same day as their global release. This includes titles from newly acquired studios such as Obsidian and inXile.
Subscribers of Xbox Game Pass on PC will receive exclusive discounts of up to 20% on games and 10% on DLC and add-ons. More information about Game Pass for PC will be shared at E3.
For those who aren’t fond of the Microsoft Store or the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Studios PC games to multiple stores. Not only will these games be available via popular stores like Steam, but they will be purchasable at launch.
“We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games.”
Back in March, Microsoft announced that the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available through Steam. Now, the firm has confirmed that 20 Xbox Game Studios titles will join Steam’s massive catalog, starting with Gears 5 and all Age of Empires games.
“We know millions of PC gamers trust Steam as a great source to buy PC games and we’ve heard the feedback that PC gamers would like choice. We also know that there are other stores on PC, and we are working to enable more choice in which store you can find our Xbox Game Studios titles in the future.”
Over the past few months, the PC gaming community has witnessed an excessive number of exclusivity deals. Needless to say, Microsoft’s latest move will certainly earn them praise from PC gamers.