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[Thurrott]Microsoft’s Evolving Gaming Strategy Takes A Giant Step Forward

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Earlier this year, Microsoft made a peculiar announcement on the Windows Insider blog related to gaming. With build 18334, Microsoft said they were bringing new technology to Windows 10 and were offering up State of Decay for free to try but that’s all the information that they provided.
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When you download State of Decay, the oddities begin immediately. Instead of downloading from the Microsoft Store server, serverdl.microsoft.com, where all content comes from including PlayAnywhere titles, the game downloads from assets1.xboxlive.com.

What it looks like Microsoft is doing, instead of porting each Xbox feature back to the PC one by one, they are simply dumping the entire Xbox one installation/servicing plumbing and making it the primary installation for Windows.
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On the surface, what it looks like Microsoft is doing is collapsing any differences between PC and Xbox gaming to make it the same experience on both devices. The company is in the process of making the delivery mechanisms based on the Xbox infrastructure, appears to be making it possible to run Xbox games on the PC, and replacing the existing Store PC games infrastructure on that of what Xbox has built.
https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/200140...t-step-forward

Some interesting stuff if this turns out to be true.
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Quote: Originally Posted by EastCoast View Post
https://www.thurrott.com/xbox/200140...t-step-forward

Some interesting stuff if this turns out to be true.
Does this mean we could play Halo MCC on the PC?

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Quote: Originally Posted by junglechocolate View Post
Does this mean we could play Halo MCC on the PC?
Very possible in a future version of win10.
This will be very different then current ported games. It will run through powershell from my understanding.
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When you extract the installer from the Store after downloading, you will discover that it is using the .xvc file format. While that may not sound familiar, Microsoft introduced this format around 2013 specifically for Xbox One games. Further, you can now install this file format using PowerShell in 19H1; I never thought I would write the words “PowerShell can now install Xbox One games” but here we are.
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Does this mean we could play Halo MCC on the PC?
That's the $500 dollar question right there

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State of Decay has already existed on the PC for a long time, so I wonder if there are going to be any differences between the older State of the Decay and the one that's going to share "plumbing" with the Xbox version.

To be honest, it feels like we've gone down an altered time-line. It's hard to believe this is the same Microsoft that pushed the Kinect, and then pushed their "revolutionary" cloud technology after that failed. They are making better decisions now; focusing on the hardware, the games, and finally giving PC the love it has always deserved. I'm very happy to see it and I think this will lead to exciting times ahead. Even the Xbox One X has been surprisingly powerful for a console. Games look much better than the PS4 Pro and the system stays relatively quiet under load unlike the PS4 Pro which sounds like a leaf blower at times.
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MS has definitely been killing it with their decision-making lately IMO. There are risks of course with merging XB and Windows platforms but I think taking those risks will reap them the benefit of good will amongst consumers and gamers. Perhaps MS is simply sick and tired of being the gamers' whipping boy as everything wrong with PC gaming and just want to remake their image?


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That's the $500 dollar question right there
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State of Decay has already existed on the PC for a long time, so I wonder if there are going to be any differences between the older State of the Decay and the one that's going to share "plumbing" with the Xbox version.

To be honest, it feels like we've gone down an altered time-line. It's hard to believe this is the same Microsoft that pushed the Kinect, and then pushed their "revolutionary" cloud technology after that failed. They are making better decisions now; focusing on the hardware, the games, and finally giving PC the love it has always deserved. I'm very happy to see it and I think this will lead to exciting times ahead. Even the Xbox One X has been surprisingly powerful for a console. Games look much better than the PS4 Pro and the system stays relatively quiet under load unlike the PS4 Pro which sounds like a leaf blower at times.
M$ has always used games to keep people on winblows, I.E. forced OS upgrades for directx.

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M$ has always used games to keep people on winblows, I.E. forced OS upgrades for directx.
Yep. I remember Halo 2 Vista artificially requiring Windows Vista.

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