During its press conference at E3 2019, Microsoft detailed some of the new features it has prepared for the PC community regarding its catalog of releases as well as ecosystem issues, the star of this proposal being the new application of Xbox for Windows 10 , in beta since then.
Virtually all of its functions presented at the event are still in the phase testing, but they are still useful to make some important changes, among them an important face-lift that is coming to alleviate one of the greatest weaknesses of the platform. Now the question is: are all these proposals improvements enough?
His landing is a cleaner and focused on the subscription service, but the change goes beyond the aesthetic by incorporating two elements that users They claimed for a while: an appropriate download manager and the ability to play offline catalog titles already downloaded.
With these changes, the Xbox application improves significantly with respect to the hodgepodge of elements that we found in the old launcher, which now goes to the background. However, not everything is positive, the programs continue to run in the framework of UWP, which translates into a significant lack of control over our files and a relative performance loss with respect to other platforms, although the US company has declared that will work to improve the performance of their titles in Windows 10, beginning by allowing the entry of Win32-based applications in their store.
With its division, Microsoft has now secured greater support for the community by betting on a library where there is no shortage of bets such as Imperator Rome and Football Manager 2019, two games with a large group of majority followers on PC. These and other products will be joined, of course, by great company exclusive such as Gears 5 as well as other third-party adventures.
The implications of this are important, and it shows interest in granting same status to its two user groups. And although the initial deployment is less than that offered in the console, the promise of a hundred titles ensures some interest both by those who only dared to try it for a while and those who already paid assiduously for the service in the past. p>
Likewise, Microsoft has wanted to make the Xbox Game Pass as attractive as possible, with significant discounts in its beta phase and a joint price of the PC and console client that has been named Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
This point is crucial for Microsoft to establish a comfortable position within the PC platform, where their community greatly appreciates the ability to choose not only how to play, but where and what has always been provided in favor of the multi-platform game and similar proposals. In the words of Phil Spencer himself, “allowing gamers to play through different platforms and systems is vital to building a community around such players.” It would not be unreasonable to think of other collaborations with stores like the Epic Games Store, taking into account these statements and looking at the history that each company shares.
Despite this movement of approach, the statements of the CEO of the company and the policies carried out are still certain things to clarify, such as the nature of this cross game or its support with previous titles, which we hope will be clarified with the passage of time. As a general summary, the new proposals from Redmond are promising with the PC community, which receives more and better attention from a company that you have dedicated the present generation to consecrate their services and unify the public of their platforms.