Microsoft Vows to Support the Steam Platform
John Williamson / 1 year ago
Microsoft has reaffirmed their commitment to PC Gaming and intend to support Steam for the foreseeable future. In an interview with PC Gamer, Kevin Unangst, senior director for PC Gaming in the Xbox group said,
“We are not intending to compete with Steam.”
“”If anything, we want Steam to be even more successful—they’ve done great things for PC gamers in terms of having a single store.”
However, Unangst acknowledged Microsoft’s desire to push Windows’ embedded App Store and hopes to entice developers to the storefront:
“Over time do we want more developers to come over to our store and offer it in addition to Steam? Absolutely. Is competition good for people?”
“Absolutely. But our goal right now isn’t to do anything else other than support Steam and help it run great on Windows 10.”
This is a rather interesting move and corresponds with Microsoft’s focus on a unified operating system between smart devices, Xbox and PC. However, it would be naive to think their support of Steam is beyond anything but common sense. Microsoft knows the stranglehold Steam has, and cannot even begin to start offering a popular, viable solution. The PC already has Steam and GOG meaning this move is far too late and Microsoft cannot realistically compete.
Thank you PC Gamer for providing us with this information.