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Are you ready for full-fledged Windows apps on your Xbox One? As revealed at the Build 2014 conference, Microsoft is hard at work to deliver universal applications across all of its platforms — including the Xbox One. While this isn’t exactly the “buy once, run anywhere” future we quite hoped for, it does open up avenues for really interesting partnerships. Theoretically, even a third-party store like Steam could make its way onto the major consoles, and completely alter the gaming business.
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I’ve long wondered how long it would take before we saw a version of Steam hacked to run on an Xbox One or PS4, but that might not be necessary. Windows apps are well on their way to the Xbox One, and that means that Steam could possibly make its way onto the existing consoles. Even if Microsoft prohibits Valve from distributing its own storefront on the marketplace, it does open the door for business deals to be struck.

Figured the XBONE owners might want to read up on this. Sounds... promising. I guess? worriedsmiley.gif

SOURCE: http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/179802-windows-apps-announced-for-xbox-one-is-steam-in-the-cards
 
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Gabe hates Microsoft so I don't see how Steam will ever be on the Modern store or on Xbox.

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I assume it'll be similar to how the Project Spark beta is going.

One key [First come first serve - MPNPP-58J47-KNN42-83T26-4X8MX] required for both the xbox one and windows 8.1 app store.
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Gabe hates Microsoft so I don't see how Steam will ever be on the Modern store or on Xbox.

Microsoft would also never allow a full-pledged Steam service either.
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Yeah I have to imagine MS is only going to allow a small subsection of the MS App Store to run on the XBOX ONE, and no way something like Steam would get included in that. Still it's nice to dream.
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I don't see it happening. Gabe doesn't seem to really care for MS all that much, and with their current efforts with SteamOS and Steam Machines, wouldn't make much sense.
    
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My guess is they mean the Xbox will be running windows APPS not desktop programs. Things like steam would be pretty useless without the ability to run full desktop programs.
This may be good for the windows app store though, program one app and have it run on Xbox, Windows 8, and Windows RT. Now they just need to make it so metro apps can run in a re-sizable window on pc and add compatibility for windows phone. Having all your apps on every form of device would be awesome if the problems related to different screen sizes and input could be solved.
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It's for those full screen apps that can only go through their app store right? Unless their app store actually starts selling desktop apps rather than linking to the website of the desktop app (I'm pretty sure I saw photoshop like that when I was on Windows 8 but that was early in its life. I stopped going in their after the first couple months of Win 8. They may have changed.), it would just be all those tablet aimed apps. I highly doubt Valve would put their service on that app store since they've been so critical of it's closed nature and its forcing of all fullscreen metro -whatever they're calling them now- apps to have to go through that store.

This is good for the Windows 8 app store though, because that thing is really far behind its competitors. Maybe the combination of appealing to the desktop, phone, and console market may intrigue developers enough to launch on Windows in a timely manner. Yet even Microsoft usually launches last on Windows Phone. When I had a one, it was so annoying seeing Microsoft announce products for Android or IOS and then have it come to Windows Phone like half a year later.
Edited by KingGreasy - 4/4/14 at 10:09am
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