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Those of us who are currently running Windows 10 on our home/office computers will know that the Xbox application comes installed as standard, and aims to bring the games console closer to the PC, and vice-versa. It does this by utilising a number of features, including a record of all your achievements on Xbox platforms, as well as your recorded game footage and the Microsoft Store. The success with which it achieves these aims, however, is open to debate, with many simply choosing not to make use of an application they deem to be lacking.

After a successful E3, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has given further insight into where he intends to take integration between PC and console, and how they might go about achieving their aims. Promising to pay more attention to the needs of PC gamers, who he feels have gone unacknowledged in previous efforts, Spencer says that, far from giving up in the face of critique, Microsoft is doubling down on its original intentions:

“I’d say our early work in… Xbox Live stuff for Windows was well intentioned, but anybody that’s a PC gamer (I play a lot of PC games myself) saw this kind of imposter console work coming over,” says Spencer. “You’ve probably seen us slow down on some of the progress we’ve made on some of our apps, and some other things because we’re reworking how we’re thinking about the PC audience to try to be more reflective of the PC community that’s out there instead of trying to pull people into the things that come from the console space.”

With Sony choosing to focus on first-party games, it is definitely up to Microsoft to bring this one home, and it may be one area they can use to close the gap on their eternal console nemesis. Decisions like this one have come about as the difference between the various types of video game player decreases, and further efforts to integrate the entire community continue. With cross-play and a number of other measures hoping to help the process on its way, it looks like it could be less time than you think before you’re hopping on a game with more friends than ever before… (unless they have a PlayStation because Sony is NOT playing ball right now)
Source: The Verge
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