At E3 in June, Microsoft promised to eliminate game platform boundaries, and bring more Xbox One games to the Windows 10 platform. The tech giant has kept its promise, launching the Xbox Play Anywhere program, and has recently announced the expansion of the Xbox Game Preview to Windows 10.
In other words, Windows 10 gamers will have the chance to preview and purchase work-in-progress games, get involved in the development process and help developers to perfect their Windows 10 games.
The first game to be available in the early access version for Windows 10 is Everspace, which is developed by Rockfish Games. Microsoft will bring more games to this program over the next 12 months.
But with more than 139 million PC players in Europe, we know that gaming isn’t just about consoles. […]
We also announced the expansion of Xbox Game Preview to Windows 10. This program gives gamers the chance to preview and purchase work-in-progress digital titles, participate in the development process and help developers make Windows 10 games the best they can be.
Windows 10 early game access will give gamers more influence, as the developers can change the game design depending on their recommendations. At the same time, Microsoft is trying to undermine Steam’s popularity, and convince gamers to switch to its Windows 10 early game access platform. Steam is the most popular platform among Windows 10 gamers, and the Redmond giant really needs to come up with an extremely good offer if it wants to stand any change of convincing users to switch game platforms.
Implementing the Windows 10 early game access program is a smart decision, but Microsoft will be able to reap the fruits of its labor only in a few years’ time. Perfecting this program takes time, and many Steam fans will simply refuse to switch platforms, just like Microsoft’s Windows 7 users are refusing to upgrade to Windows 10.
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