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    Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    Will share new tools and roadmaps for Windows 10 games developers.
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    Re: Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    Is it just me that finds it depressing that the head of Xbox Phil Spencer is talking about gaming on Windows ?

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    Re: Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Is it just me that finds it depressing that the head of Xbox Phil Spencer is talking about gaming on Windows ?
    It seams strange to me, i don't want the restrictions of Xbox to impact my PC gaming experience, i don't really see why they are pushing Xbox are pushing windows gaming, i can see the social aspects but not as a unified platform.

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    Re: Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    Pros
    Xbox has a fixed hardware - game likely to work

    Cons
    Windows will be everything from phone to desktop PC - game likely does not work (see high % 1 star reviews)
    Windows official game app - ad supported (no thanks)
    Microsoft's own games - ad supported (no thanks)
    Click to buy - links through to windows store (check negative reviews - nagging microtransactions - more ads - incompatability with surface 2, 3 etc)
    Option to buy game outright - NO
    Total cost of in-app purchases - unknown
    Refunds when game does not work on random windows device - probably not
    Game exists to microtransaction you and deliver ads - probably yes
    Microsoft encouraging opportunistic devs - yes desperate for more apps and more profit
    Microsoft app store engaged in mis selling - apps described as FREE are likely a trial or free to try or nagging in-app purchases..
    Poor track record on vetting apps - allowing scammy fake apps into the store.
    Consumer friendly store - no. It is impossible to shop based on what hardware you own.
    Consumer friendly store - no. Compatible with x86 ARM ZX81 means nothing to non-techies.
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    Re: Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    Is it just me that finds it depressing that the head of Xbox Phil Spencer is talking about gaming on Windows ?
    I think it's too good to be true.

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    Re: Microsoft to be present "in full force" at GDC 2015

    I think it's a sign of the times. EVERYTHING is going cross-platform, Microsoft now has to start treating platforms equally.
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