According to people familiar with company plans, the PC version of Game Pass will be included with Ultimate Game Pass that was announced earlier this year for no additional cost.
Microsoft has yet to reveal any of the games that it plans to make available but it revealed that games from the companies own Xbox Game Studios will be made available, games from newly acquired companies like Obsidian and inXile, and games from third-party publishers and studios such as Deep Silver, Paradox, Bethesda, Sega, Devolver Digital, and others.
I have not heard yet if there will be a stand-alone SKU of PC Game Pass but it would seem odd to launch the new service without the option as not everyone needs the full Ultimate offering. Microsoft also confirmed that additional Xbox Game Studios titles would be coming to Steam in the future, joining the 20 studio titles already on Valve's platform. It's called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it is an entirely new - and separate - service. Announced in a blog post this morning, Microsoft is introducing Game Pass for PC but won't reveal everything until June 9th. You can buy some games, e.g. Microsoft has just announced that Gears 5, as well as the Definitive Editions for Age of Empires 1, 2 and 3, will be officially coming to Steam. Game Pass members can also permanently purchase the games at up to a 20% discount in the Microsoft Store, and 10% off DLC.
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For his part, Huawei's Liuping asserts that the government's policy will "directly harm more than 1,200 U.S. companies". According to Song, "The fact is, the USA government has provided no evidence to show that Huawei is a security threat".
Spencer's final announcement of the day is probably more exciting for developers than for consumers: Microsoft will enable native Win32 support for PC games on the Microsoft Store, so that should make the company's storefront a more attractive place to host games. This means many more games will be able to go up for sale on the Microsoft Store soon.
Microsoft acknowledges that Win32 is the "app format that game developers love to use and gamers love to play".
Now You: what is your take on this change in strategy?