Although Microsoft has supported PCs with current and dated versions of proprietary games, the Microsoft Store has not been the most convenient way to buy and install PC games. However, that may change, as a new report today claims that Microsoft is removing some folder restrictions associated with game installations from the Microsoft Store and the Xbox Game Pass app. This, in turn, could give PC users more flexibility in how they access, store, and edit their games.
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Fewer restrictions on gaming facilities
As is, games from the Microsoft Store and the Xbox Game Pass app are placed in a folder with many restrictions. This makes it difficult to manage these installations, whether you are trying to make backups, install mods, or move your games to another storage device. The Verge reports that these excessive restrictions may soon be a thing of the past.
That’s according to anonymous sources who are familiar with what’s going on behind the scenes at Microsoft. The company is apparently testing internally changes to the Xbox app that will make PC game installations less restrictive, allowing players to change install locations, install new games in different folders, or install mods. .
Even more surprising is the fact that when The Verge reached out to Microsoft for comment, the company apparently confirmed that this was all in the works. âWith great PC games like Back 4 Blood, Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, and Infinite halo From day one with Game Pass, we wanted to give gamers more options to customize their experience in the Xbox app, âsaid Jason Beaumont, Xbox Partner Experiences Director. âWe will continue to share updates as we release additional features. ”
While this isn’t a direct confirmation of the work being done to improve the Xbox app, it looks like Microsoft is trying to make PC game installations more flexible for users, and that can only be a good thing.
Microsoft catches up with the competition
Assuming that all of the features The Verge is reporting today eventually make it into the Microsoft Store and the Xbox app, that will be good for everyone involved. As The Verge points out, PC game competitors like Steam and Battle.net already allow some flexibility when it comes to letting players decide where games are installed and how to save them. By making PC installations through the Xbox app more accessible, Microsoft is leveling the playing field between itself and the major players in the PC space, at least when it comes to installations.
These changes could also make the Microsoft Store a more attractive place to buy games for consumers, and that’s good for everyone. Obviously, that’s good for Microsoft because it makes more money for the company than selling a game through Steam, but it also means customers will have more options and be able to search for deals better.
If Microsoft wins enough people over with these changes, it could even put pressure on other players like Valve to improve their own services, although admittedly it doesn’t look like Microsoft is making PC game installations any more. manageable will trigger such a massive change in buying habits. Still, it’s never a bad thing to have more options and more freedom to manage files on the computer you own, so it’s definitely a big plus in the end. Hopefully it won’t be long before Microsoft officially reveals these changes, but we’ll keep you posted whenever this announcement arrives.