Yesterday, the Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty posted an update on its commitment to PC gaming today, and his announcement meant a great deal for all Microsoft Store developers. As per his announcement, starting from August 1st, the company has decided to change its revenue share from 70% to 88%, thus matching the Epic Games Store in this regard and allowing game developers to retain a greater amount of revenue from their hard work.
The official also stated that Halo Infinite will feature cross-play and cross-progression functionality for its multiplayer modes. He also promised to deliver a ‘premiere PC experience’ for Halo Infinite, including support for ultrawide and super ultrawide screens, triple keybinds, and a wide variety of advanced graphics options.
But the biggest and most welcomed announcement was the fact that the company official stated that they will improve the install reliability and faster download speeds of the Microsoft Store. That’s great news because downloading a large file from the Microsoft store always gives me nightmares due to its unreliability.
We know that we still have a lot of work to do, but based on the response from both PC gamers and PC game developers, we think that we’re headed in the right direction for this community with the investments we’re making. We have never been in a better position as an organization to deliver for PC gamers, with Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda developing content for both PC and Xbox, the Windows and DirectX teams creating technologies that empower developers and provide PC players with features that specifically take advantage of PC hardware, Xbox Game Pass for PC featuring games for every type of PC gamer with Xbox Game Studio games coming on day one, and the ongoing evolution of the Xbox app and Xbox Game Bar. We’ll continue listening to the community to ensure we’re delivering on our promises, and respecting how players choose to play. This is especially true as we head into the second half of 2021 when our work across the entire PC ecosystem has the potential to come together in a way that propels the industry forward and brings great games to more gamers around the world.
To date, Microsoft has brought almost all the features which they promised for their PC games and their consoles. However, still one of the biggest features that are still missing from the company’s games is modding, which is only available in a very limited way for games downloaded through the Microsoft Store. However, that might change now as Bethesda has become a part of the Microsoft family.