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Microsoft could be preparing for Xbox games to run natively on PC

Microsoft could be preparing for Xbox games to run natively on PC”

Right now you need to buy an Xbox (or PC) to enjoy big exclusive Microsoft games like Halo, Gears of War, and Forza.

As Ars Technica report, Microsoft have accompanied recent Windows 10 preview builds with a note to download and test a special version of State Of Decay. This prompted a trio of Twitter users to dig a bit deeper and what they uncovered looks to be a major step forward for Microsoft's gaming ambitions.

By all accounts, Microsoft will kick the next generation off with two consoles: a less powerful system to replace the Xbox One S, with a focus on a streaming; and a more powerful machine to succeed the Xbox One X. More importantly, there's Game Pass, the company's subscription service that gives day one access to all of its first party games, along with hundreds of other games for a low monthly fee.

Gaming on Windows 10 could soon get a major upgrade, as Microsoft is believed to be working on a new feature that would make it possible to play Xbox One games on PCs without any porting or developer work.

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When you extract the installer from the Store after downloading, you will discover that it is using the.xvc file format. And the Xbox console business isn't going away just yet. This will allow PCs to read the Xbox file format, meanwhile steps have been taken to allow PC users to download from Xbox servers. Durango was the codename for Xbox One. Microsoft Gaming Services includes portions of this Xbox infrastructure; it includes a couple of drivers ("Microsoft Gaming Filesystem Driver" and "Microsoft Gaming Install Filter Driver"), along with a number of libraries that provide Xbox APIs. Much like the Xbox does, this updated mechanism supports delivery optimization too.

This is a substantial development process for Microsoft and not something that happened overnight. The same package can be used by developers for rolling out games to both Windows 10 and Xbox, which in the end brings great benefits to everyone, including Microsoft itself, gamers, and developers.

While we are proud of our PC gaming heritage, we've made some mistakes along our journey.



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