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    Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Felt like this has been their direction for a while now. Have a few games thanks to Play Anywhere, but clearly only MS were interested in that. So now they re making it so you can create a game for XBOX and sell it direct to PC owners too. Play Anywhere 2.0 I guess.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    They tried it with UWP, hopefully this works better. I think it might be more successful because they're not trying to change the whole ecosystem. My only further question would be how well it would work on Nvidia hardware, obviously it is built off AMD customer GPU (polaris equivalent) but it would be interesting.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Interesting turn of events. A move towards a hardware agnostic future....
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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Honestly surprised something like this didn't happen sooner, as we all know the current xbox is basically running a skinned windows 10 (at it's core) on a custom amd based pc, so the main thing would be making sure there's compatibility etc.

    Pretty sure there's been talk about backwards compatibility with the next version of xbox so this would all fit in nicely imo too.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    This effectively makes the gaming PC a console. Developers will use the XBOX One game with very little optimization for PC. This will mean that games will run better on XBOX One than your gaming PC with hardware that is four times more powerful than XBOX One.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by fynxer View Post
    This effectively makes the gaming PC a console. Developers will use the XBOX One game with very little optimization for PC. This will mean that games will run better on XBOX One than your gaming PC with hardware that is four times more powerful than XBOX One.
    Or will look no better but potentially run at >30FPS!

    and lets not forget, many XBox and PS4 games have visual settings now due to XBoxOneX and PS4Pro muddying the waters
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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Hopefully this doesn't go the way of WMC & GFWL.
    I'm enjoying the cross-play on Sea of Thieves and hope all of this continues


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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    I'm more concerned about the inevitable console-style subscription services.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by LeetyMcLeet View Post
    I'm more concerned about the inevitable console-style subscription services.
    If it's in the vein of GamePass I'm more than happy. That service has been amazing value for me.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    This reassures me that i made the right decision to switch to Linux when Ryzen 3 is released.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by fynxer View Post
    This effectively makes the gaming PC a console. Developers will use the XBOX One game with very little optimization for PC. This will mean that games will run better on XBOX One than your gaming PC with hardware that is four times more powerful than XBOX One.
    Also allows the opposite, PC developers to have an easier route to a console port.
    PC versions by default tend to be designed around varying hardware capability, so if anything I could see there being enforced presets to bring a PC version down to what the consoles can do.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    This reassures me that i made the right decision to switch to Linux when Ryzen 3 is released.
    Why? All this is doing is bringing Xbox game playability to Windows?

    Or are you on the bandwagon of being against WINAAS?

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    The latter, i just think Microsoft have been slowly ruining Windows since they got into the console market, Windows 10 was the straw the broke the camels back as it would involve to much effort on my part to disable, delete, and change the parts of it i don't like, especially every 6 months.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by Corky34 View Post
    The latter, i just think Microsoft have been slowly ruining Windows since they got into the console market, Windows 10 was the straw the broke the camels back as it would involve to much effort on my part to disable, delete, and change the parts of it i don't like, especially every 6 months.
    I totally understand that.

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    Re: Microsoft minimises differences between Xbox & Windows games

    Quote Originally Posted by LeetyMcLeet View Post
    I'm more concerned about the inevitable console-style subscription services.
    I'm more worried that we will end up with a load of "PC" games that are designed for game controllers, like the poor ports of console games in the past.

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