With the launch of Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft wants to do all it can to hoist Steam up as a great gaming platform.
Kevin Unangst, Senior Director for PC Gaming in the Xbox division, spoke with PC Gamer about Windows 10 and, interestingly enough, the plight that was Games for Windows. We’ll get to that second part in a bit, but Unangst had something interesting to say about Microsoft’s approach to Steam.
They don’t see Steam as competition, really. Despite the fact that they are touting Windows 10 as a great gaming platform and ecosystem, they want it to play nice with Steam. Even further, they want to make Steam better.
“We are not intending to compete with Steam…If anything, we want Steam to be even more successful—they’ve done great things for PC gamers in terms of having a single store.
Over time do we want more developers to come over to our store and offer it in addition to Steam? Absolutely. Is competition good for people? Absolutely. But our goal right now isn’t to do anything else other than support Steam and help it run great on Windows 10.”
I really loved that last part about helping Steam “run great on Windows 10.” Steam has become a bit of a bad program in terms of stability, and I’d love to see it working flawlessly on Windows 10.
Ah, what about Games for Windows? Unangst commented on that now ceased service, too.
“Games for Windows was a prior approach where it was more, at that time, like ‘how do we take things?…
…We knew we wanted to help make great multiplayer, we knew we wanted to bring things over… but it wasn’t the right approach. It was the approach of ‘let’s just take those things and transplant them’.”
Not the right approach at all.
Here’s hoping Microsoft and Valve make Steam an incredible thing.