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MS on PC Gaming

The Verge reports on some comments made by Microsoft's Phil Spencer at E3 about the company's Xbox app for Windows 10 and PC gaming. Answering a question on the topic, Phil indicates their ongoing neglect of the PC gaming side of things is leading to the newest version of their commitment to remedy this. Phil explains they are taking a step back to reevaluate:

"I’d say our early work in... Xbox Live stuff for Windows was well intentioned, but anybody that’s a PC gamer (I play a lot of PC games myself) saw this kind of imposter console work coming over," says Spencer. "You’ve probably seen us slow down on some of the progress we’ve made on some of our apps, and some other things because we’re reworking how we’re thinking about the PC audience to try to be more reflective of the PC community that’s out there instead of trying to pull people into the things that come from the console space."

Spencer also notes that efforts like Discord and Xbox Live integration is an example of "recognizing infrastructure that exists on the PC side, apps that exist, and services that exist and try to be inclusive of the things PC gamers are about." Microsoft is slowing down on changes to its Xbox app right now, but "the long-term goal is for us to be much more native in the PC gaming environment, as opposed to this thing that feels slightly different than what PC gamers are looking for."

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