Phil Spencer, the vice-president of gaming at Microsoft has been hinting at improvements to both Microsoft Store and the Xbox app for Windows 10 that could make for an interesting future for PC gamers.
In a recent interview with PC Gamer, he revealed that the company is planning on improving things in the near future: "(Our) first priority is delivering a new Store experience for games that factors in all of our learnings from past challenges on the PC."
He continued later on saying "While we are proud of our PC gaming heritage, we've made some mistakes along our journey. We know we have to move forward, informed by our past, with the unique wants, needs and challenges of the PC player at the center of decisions we make. I know we've talked quite a bit over time about what we want to deliver for the player on PC, but at E3 this year, and throughout 2019, you’ll begin to see where we've been investing to deliver across Store, services, in Windows and in great games. It's just the beginning."
Microsoft Store has always been a bit of a mixed bag for PC gaming, which is odd considering the company's focus on Xbox One. The rise of new and successful platforms like Epic Store has no doubt spurred some of these decisions to make changes in the near future.
By the sounds of things though, this situation might change in the next few months.
Other clues at the future of Microsoft's vision of PC gaming come in evidence discovered within Microsoft's Windows Insider program. Thurrott reports that with build 18334, Microsoft has been asking users to test new technology in Windows 10 that includes offering State of Decay for free.
Interestingly users downloading the game noticed the files were coming from assets1.xboxlive.com instead of the usual Microsoft sources. This logic implies that in future all Windows 10 users may be able to install and play Xbox One games on their gaming PC.
If this is true it'll also ease the burden on Xbox One game developers who will no longer need to code their games twice for different platforms. An enhanced user experience and the ability to play your games on both console and Xbox One could be a massive pull for gamers too.
We'll hopefully find out more at E3.