Microsoft is making big inroads into the PC gaming market. Today, the company announced that games from its internal Xbox Game Studios will become available on PC through multiple stores. Not only the Microsoft Store on Windows, but Steam as well.
In a new blog post, Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced that first-party Xbox Game Studios titles like Gears 5 will be coming to Steam as well as the Windows Store. This means that PC gamers who prefer storefronts like Steam don't have to exclusively go through the Windows Store.
Spencer announced that the decision follows the news that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to PC on Steam later this year. So far Microsoft has only announced Gears 5 and Age of Empires 1, 2, and 3: Definitive Editions. But other first-party games from recently acquired studios like Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Playground Games, and more will likely be coming to Steam as well.
"We want to bring players together to create a shared player community regardless of where they play, so it's our intent that new Xbox Game Studios titles include features such as voice and text chat, LFG, friends lists and cross-play across PC and console."
Microsoft's push into PC also includes full support for native Win32 games on the Microsoft Store on Windows. This could open the door to developers who wish to develop 32-bit applications for the platform.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC. This means Microsoft's Netflix-like subscription service will be available on PC, though it's not yet clear if the service on PC will have the same library of games as on Xbox.