Microsoft announces major PC gaming changes

Microsoft announces major PC gaming changes

"The concept of an aggregated PC game subscription service is relatively untested", Harding-Rolls said.

Since its launch two years ago on the Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass offered a subscription service that gave console gamers access to a massive library of games that they can play any time.

It'll feature over 100 games (with more added monthly) from Xbox Game Studios as well as publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, Sega and Paradox Interactive.

We could probably have seen it coming really - the first salvo was sacked earlier in the year when Redmond ported a Halo title to Win32 and put it on Steam too. It's also unclear whether it will work separately from the existing Game Pass subscription.

But that wasn't the only PC update Microsoft shared with its audience. According to Xbox Insider and Reddit user WoodingMP, who did already sign up for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the Windows 10 Microsoft Store is already showing select games such as Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Spartan Strike as playable with Xbox Game Pass for PC. In fact, any PC game that's part of Game Pass can be played on a PC or an Xbox One, care of Microsoft's Play Anywhere.

Earlier this week, news broke that Microsoft was planning to expand into the PC gaming market even further by bringing their Xbox Game Pass over onto Windows 10. It offers a great way to discover and play your next favorite game.

Every month players with PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold can get free games for their respective consoles, and now the offerings for both PS4 and Xbox One have been revealed, providing plenty to enjoy in the month of June. "We believe you should have choice in where you buy your PC games".

Publishers seem a bit reticent to support Game Pass on PC, though.

Gears of War 5 aka Gears 5 is expected to launch on September 10 this year. Unravel the mystery of the planet in Story mode, band with friends in Abyss mode or test your skills against other players online. The company also announced that it will soon make Xbox Game Studios' PC games available through multiple storefronts - not just the Microsoft Store.

If you want to see Microsoft E3 2019 the press conference, stay tuned as it begins at 1:00 pm Pacific on June 9!

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