Add-ons and downloadable content to arrive soon to Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Downloadable content and add-ons have become extremely popular over the course of past few years. Almost every PC game and newer software features some form of downloadable content, but not Windows 10’s UWP apps. However, at this year’s Build conference, Microsoft announced that UWP apps would start supporting add-ons and DLCs and the company has already started prepping its flagship OS for it.

Windows 10 Preview build 14328 introduced the option to manage downloadable content and add-ons of UWP apps. However, while none of Windows 10 apps support DLCs and add-ons yet, introducing this option is a sign that Microsoft is working towards it.

If you want to check out the add-ons and DLC manager, go to Settings > System > Apps and features. Now select any app, and go to Advanced Settings. Here you’ll find the app reset option along with the add-ons and DLC manager. You’ll notice that there are no add-ons or DLCs currently listed at any app’s settings, but as soon as Microsoft introduces these features to UWP apps and games, all additional content will show up here.

Microsoft projected its Windows Store to be a highly competitive distributor for both games and apps. However, UWP apps failed to satisfy user needs due to occasional performance issues and lack of features. But as soon as a major problem shows up, Microsoft rolls up its sleeves and starts working on a solution. For example, when users reported various problems with the first AAA title in the store, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Microsoft immediately announced improvements that should arrive later this yer.

The case remains the same with DLCs and add-ons. UWP apps don’t support it but users demanded it, and Microsoft immediately started working to bring DLCs and add-ons to Windows 10’s UWP app. This is a good policy by Microsoft but it’s also the only reasonable one. Windows Store is a relatively new platform and therefore some obligations are expected. If the company wants its platform to indeed be highly competitive, all these obligations need to be removed.

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