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 Microsoft is looking to cut itself a lion's share of the game digital downloads pie, by making Microsoft Store (which comes included with Windows 10), sell contemporary AAA games, such as "Rise of the Tomb Raider." Unlike other cross-DRM transactions (eg: purchasing a Steam DLC game through UPlay store), Microsoft Store will serve both sales and DRM roles. You must be thinking "it's a free world, always room for more competition," right? Think again. There are several pitfallls to buying "Rise of the Tomb Raider" or any other AAA game through Microsoft Store, as users on Reddit found out.

To begin with, games purchased through Windows Store are built on Microsoft's Universal Apps Platform, and not the conventional desktop-based executable. The game is essentially a "modern UI" app, and not a conventional Windows application. This has great limitations - no NVIDIA SLI or AMD CrossFire support; no real fullscreen mode (just borderless windowed mode or pseudo-fullscreen); and V-sync being always-on. Other major downsides of UAP apps include no support for modding, and mouse macros. What's more, since UAP apps don't have *.exe extensions, you can't add them to Steam, and so no Steam Controller support. The Store in itself doesn't have a good refund policy along the lines of Steam and Origin limited full-refund policies; and you'll never be able to play your games on Windows versions older than Windows 10. 

 

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What a burn! I remember some people saying they were able to access multi-GPU with ROTR purchased from the Windows store? Any validation on this? This will be less prevalent as GPU power tends to increase to support higher resolutions. Those with multi-monitor and high refresh may want to stay clear though if you use multi-gpu's. 

 

There goes the potential for Forza on multi monitor and multi GPU's... We'll be fine at 960P though. Things may change with DX12 :D 


Edited by hyp36rmax - 2/26/16 at 11:08am
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Before all the Microsoft haters come into this thread, just don't buy games through this store. Given that steam has a return policy I don't see any sane person buying from alternative store that doesn't have one.
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This is one of the reasons I am not excited for any Xbox exclusives coming to Windows Store.

If a platform is so restrictive that it doesn't even allow something as simple as overlays then it does not get my business.
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Seems like a "NOPE NOPE NOPE" meme would be appropriate here. Good way to shoot yourself in the foot, Microsoft.
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So much for MS caring and investing in PC gaming again. Have zero interest in any of the games they're bringing over if they're only being sold on Windows Store.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dmitriy View Post

Before all the Microsoft haters come into this thread, just don't buy games through this store. Given that steam has a return policy I don't see any sane person buying from alternative store that doesn't have one.

The problem is that M$ is going to release their xbone ports solely through this store (e.g. Gears, Forza).

IMO this is worse than GFWL... It boggles my mind how badly M$ seems to misunderstand the fundamental nature of PC gaming.
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Lol, that quantum break port is sure gonna be fun.
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Originally Posted by Dmitriy View Post

Before all the Microsoft haters come into this thread, just don't buy games through this store. Given that steam has a return policy I don't see any sane person buying from alternative store that doesn't have one.

Well you should know that future XONE exclusives that come to PC will be through the Store only.
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Sigh
You had 1 job Microsoft.
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I have never purchased, and cannot imagine purchasing, anything via the Windows Store.
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