Acleacius wrote on Nov 17, 2021, 23:56:
Bullshit, this all about forcing m$ store, edge and consoles down PC gamers throats.
They always create some fallacy to force people to upgrade.
Malicious lies and promises.
Exactly. Microsoft's mission ever since 2001 (introduction of the first Xbox for the kids who don't remember) has been to convert PC gamers to Xbox gamers. They tried for years and years with shabby tactics like (timed) exclusives or by starting franchises on Xbox and PC but continuing the sequels as Xbox-only games (Gears of War, Halo come to mind). And they failed. PC gamers remained stubborn and PC gaming continued well and alive thanks to Steam and GOG.
So, along the lines of "if the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then let's take Mohammed to the mountain
" they switched their strategy towards bringing Xbox to the PC. Just about everything from Microsoft that has to do with gaming on the PC is now called Xbox. It's a small miracle they haven't renamed DirectX yet. And if MS would have had their way with UWP apps (not that long ago) then we would already have a Xbox walled garden on the PC with many severe limitations (like no more modding etc.).
Microsoft can not be trusted at all. It's funny how they all of a sudden turned into the good guys because of GamePass. Oh it's such a good deal, oh it's so awesome
. This reminds me of Steam's history. Steam initially were the bad DRM guys with "outrageous" spying and tracking built into Steam... well, until the day they started having those flash(y) sales. All of a sudden Steam became gamers' best buddy because it gave them games for cheap. DRM and spying was no longer an issue.
Same thing with GamePass. Microsoft became gamers' best buddy over night because of cheap games. I'm afraid that people will even swallow UWP level (or even harder) limitations as long as the games are cheap. We will see when GamePass reaches a critical mass and when it becomes irreplaceable for gamers. Then the Microsoft trap will snap shut.
There is a reason why Valve keeps pushing Linux and Proton as hard as they do. Newell is a smart man. He is an ex-Microsoft employee. He knows how they roll. He knows they won't rest until every gamer under the sun becomes a Xbox disciple and until PC gaming is all but eradicated. Therefore, in Gabe I trust. I hope Proton will be ready as a full-fledged alternative before the Microsoft trap springs.