Microsoft may finally ditch its silly PC game limits


Despite the fact that Microsoft has been supporting PC with day-and-date releases of first-party video games, the Microsoft Retailer hasn’t been probably the most handy method to purchase and set up PC video games. Nonetheless, that could be altering, as a brand new report immediately claims that Microsoft is eradicating some folder restrictions related to sport installs from each the Microsoft Retailer and the Xbox Recreation Move app. This, in flip, might give PC customers extra flexibility in how they entry, retailer, and mod their video games.

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Fewer restrictions on sport installs

As it’s, video games from the Microsoft Retailer and Xbox Recreation Move app are put right into a folder that has a variety of restrictions to it. This makes it troublesome to handle these installs, whether or not you’re attempting to make backups, set up mods, or transfer your video games to a different storage machine. The Verge studies that these overbearing restrictions could quickly be a factor of the previous.

That’s in response to unnamed sources who’re aware of what’s occurring behind the scenes at Microsoft. The corporate is outwardly internally testing modifications to the Xbox app that may make PC sport installs much less restrictive, permitting gamers to alter set up areas, set up new video games to totally different folders, or set up mods.

Much more stunning is the truth that when The Verge reached Microsoft for remark, the corporate seemingly confirmed that each one of that is within the works. “With nice PC video games like Again 4 Blood, Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite on day one with Recreation Move, we wished to offer gamers with extra choices to customise their expertise within the Xbox app,” Xbox associate director of experiences Jason Beaumont mentioned. “We’ll proceed to share updates as we launch further options.”

Whereas that isn’t a direct affirmation of the work that’s being performed to enhance the Xbox app, it does appear that Microsoft is making an attempt to make PC sport installs extra versatile for customers, and that may solely be a very good factor.

Microsoft catches as much as the competitors

Assuming the entire options The Verge studies immediately finally make it into the Microsoft Retailer and Xbox app, it’ll be a very good factor for everybody concerned. As The Verge factors out, PC gaming rivals like Steam and Battle.internet already enable flexibility relating to letting gamers to resolve the place video games are put in and find out how to again them up. By making PC installs by way of the Xbox app extra accessible, Microsoft is leveling the taking part in subject between it and the most important gamers within the PC house, a minimum of with regard to installs.

These modifications might additionally make the Microsoft Retailer a extra engaging place to buy video games for customers, and that’s good for everybody. Clearly, it’s good for Microsoft as a result of it makes the corporate extra money than promoting a sport by way of Steam would, however it additionally means clients could have extra choices and might higher store round for offers.

If Microsoft wins over sufficient individuals with these modifications, it might even put strain on different gamers like Valve to enhance their very own providers, although admittedly, it doesn’t look like Microsoft making PC sport installs extra manageable will spark such an enormous shift in shopping for habits. Nonetheless, it’s by no means a nasty factor to have extra choices and extra freedom to handle the recordsdata on the pc you personal, so that is undoubtedly an enormous plus in the long run. Hopefully, it isn’t lengthy earlier than Microsoft formally reveals these modifications, however we’ll replace you every time that announcement comes down the pipeline.

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