Quantum Break PC Offer Is a Gateway For Windows 10 and the Xbox Store

Quantum Break PC Offer Is a Gateway For Windows 10 and the Xbox Store

If you buy Quantum Break on Xbox One, you get the PC version… for Windows 10. Very smart, Microsoft.

Today, Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment announced that not only will Quantum Break be coming to Xbox One on April 5, the game will also be seeing a release on PC. Remedy wants to sweeten the pot, so every copy of Quantum Break comes with Alan Wake for Xbox 360 and pre-orders get Alan Wake's American Nightmare for Xbox 360. In addition, players who digitally pre-order the Xbox One version or pick up the Quantum Break Xbox One bundle will receive the PC version for free.

It's worth noting that the PC copy is actually the Windows 10 version, downloaded through the Xbox Store. That's the real thrust of this announcement. "Buy Quantum Break, Get the PC Version Free!" sounds really good and gets people to pick up Quantum Break, but more importantly it's likely to get players who haven't already upgraded to Windows 10 to do so. It also pushes the Windows 10 Xbox Store much harder. The shared save functionality makes this even more compelling, allowing Quantum Break players to move from platform to platform at will.

Microsoft has been trying to make its own digital storefront more popular since it was called Games for Windows Live; this is the latest attempt. The company hasn't been open to publishing its PC titles on Steam, with the general assumption being that some players will choose to get a PC and PS4. A game like Rise of the Tomb Raider, which was supposed to be a big draw for the Xbox One this holiday season, probably enjoyed far stronger sales on Steam than it did on the Windows 10 Xbox Store.

Microsoft is pulling in more exclusive titles to make the Xbox One's lineup stronger than the PlayStation 4. That means games like Crackdown, Gears of War 4, Scalebound, and Recore are where Microsoft is putting its wallet. Bringing those games to Windows 10 and continuing this 'Buy Xbox One, Get Windows 10' program could actually pay off for Microsoft. It gives players choices: do you want to game on PC, or on TV via Xbox One?

Even better, the Windows 10 versions means more of these games are coming to PC at all. If the extra work to make a Steam version doesn't materialize, it still means PC players now have access to some potentially great games. Microsoft has been reticent to do PC ports for a very long time and at the very least, trying to play up Windows 10 means there's a vector for further PC games in our future. Killer Instinct is already coming to Windows 10 and with Quantum Break, we have the beginnings of a trend here.

Microsoft just needs to realize what it has here: a chance to finally deliver on promises of PC support. Yes, it's on Microsoft's terms, but that's at least something. Get Halo 5: Guardians on there Microsoft! Make sure that Crackdown, Gears of War 4, Scalebound, and Recore are coming and I think people will start giving Microsoft a bit more love in the future.

If you're going to be picking up Quantum Break on PC, Microsoft also released the recommended system specifications. They are below:

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Direct X: DirectX 12
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x
  • VRAM: 2 GB
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
  • Direct X: DirectX 12
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 4790, 4GHz or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 980 Ti or AMD Radeon R9 Fury X
  • VRAM: 6 GB
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Hard Drive: 55 GB available space

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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