PC Gamers know that there’s only one real DRM platform that matters, and that platform is Steam. Although there are competitors, such as GOG, and platforms developed by publishers, such as EA’s Origin and Ubisoft’s UPlay, nothing can beat the user base, or the number of games that are available on steam. More than 75% of digital game purchases are made on Steam, and there are over 6,400 games available for the Windows Platform.
Taking all of that into account, it might seem a little surprising that Microsoft and Steam don’t exactly get along. With Windows 10, Microsoft has their own storefront, and they’ve been working on leveraging their Xbox catalogue of games as they start unifying their releases. Although this strategy is still in its infancy, Microsoft has had some success with titles like Killer Instinct, and the open beta of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex.
Recently, Microsoft has surprised gamers and analysts by announcing that they will release games through Steam in the future. Whether this means that they will release simultaneously on the Windows Store and Steam, or if they will have exclusive releases for each platform, is yet to be seen.
Speaking at a recent event, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said that there would be opportunities for the company to compete with Steam, while cooperating in other areas.
This can only be a good thing for gamers, especially if Microsoft plans to bring more of their AAA titles over to the Windows platform. However, with millions of Xbox One consoles in homes, it will be interesting to see how serious Microsoft is about sharing their biggest franchises with the PC gaming audience.