Microsoft’s Xbox app for Windows 10 has attempted to bridge the divide between console and PC with streaming features, Xbox group chat, and game management. Although the app is one of the best apps Windows 10 built in, it hasn’t always been well received by PC gamers who don’t want to be forced into the Xbox Live world.
In a Q&A at E3 this week, Microsoft chief gaming officer Phil Spencer gave an interesting look at the company’s plans for the Xbox app on Windows 10 and PC gaming. in general. A member of the public asked Spencer to fix Microsoft’s PC offerings, specifically game management and the Xbox app.
“I would say our early work in … The Xbox Live for Windows stuff was well intentioned, but anyone who’s a PC gamer (I play a lot of PC games myself) has seen this kind of impostor console work happen. “Says Spencer. “You’ve probably seen us slowing down some of the progress we’ve made on some of our apps, and other things because we’re reworking the way we think about the PC audience to try to reflect more of the PC community is out there. instead of trying to lure people into things that come from the console space.
Spencer also notes that efforts like the integration of Discord and Xbox Live are an example of “recognizing the infrastructure that exists on the PC side, the applications that exist and the services that exist and try to include things on the PC side. which PC gamers are “. Microsoft is currently slowing down changes to its Xbox app, but “the long term goal is for us to be a lot more native to the PC gaming environment, as opposed to this thing that looks slightly different than what gamers are looking for. on PC. “
It’s unclear when the changes are due, but Spencer reported that Microsoft is well aware of some of the criticisms regarding the Xbox app and managing games through the Microsoft Store. Microsoft is now taking a step back to address this.