Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer has said that Microsoft is working towards a “renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming”. The statement was in response to a question about Valve’s move into the living room with SteamOS and Steam Machines.Spencer said that he respects the work that Valve has put into the PC gaming space, and that the competition is a boon to Microsoft. There are plans from the company for PC gaming, and we will hear about it in the summer as “more talks and different technology” are shown.
Microsoft shut down the unpopular Games for Windows Live service in July 2013, with most developers having to remove the Live integration from their games. How the company intends to go forward with their plans, but Spencer has mentioned that there “might be some transition bumps” along the way.
It’s nice to hear that Microsoft remembers that PC platform, but it is hard to see a future for Microsoft PC gaming that doesn’t involve the Windows 8 Store. Although it might be interesting if they turned the gaming section into a service similar to Steam. As long as it doesn’t do ridiculous things like region locks.