It’s safe to say Microsoft’s efforts for gaming on PC haven’t always been received well, looking at Games for Windows Live to the early days of titles on the Windows Store. Over the last couple of years however, a few things have started changing. Exclusive titles from Xbox Game Studios now arrive on PC at the same time as on Xbox. PC players also have the ability to choose between Xbox Game Pass for PC or Steam.
This kind of support hasn’t gone unnoticed and Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft Phil Spencer recently stated on Twitter that the newfound support Xbox is seeing on PC is appreciated. He also noted that there’s more work to do.
I wanted to thank the community for the support on PC. We made statements like this a few times over the years and the skeptical responses were earned. More work to do but the support we are seeing through @XboxGamePassPC and @Steam team right now is really great, thanks. https://t.co/MQKdShv7MK
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 1, 2020
Several Xbox games are finding additional success on PC. Rare’s pirate adventure Sea of Thieves has sold over a million copies since releasing on Steam back in June. At the moment of this article being written, four of the top ten best-selling games on Steam are titles published by Xbox Game Studios, with Grounded currently the best-selling title on the platform.
Future Xbox titles will continue to increase this newfound PC support, with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 being available soon and Halo Infinite releasing on PC alongside Xbox One and Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020.