Steam may be coming to Xbox consoles

And along with him, EGS, the head of Microsoft's gaming division, Phil Spencer, spoke about plans to make the Xbox ecosystem more open. DiscussSteam may appear on Xbox consoles©

In the future, third-party digital platforms for selling games, such as Epic Games, may appear on consoles of this line Store or Steam.

According to Spencer, historically, console manufacturers have subsidized the production of expensive hardware, hoping to recoup costs through subsequent sales of games through company stores.

However, in recent years, prices have risen components and the stagnation of the console market call this model into question.

“If I want to play on a PC, I feel like I’m part of a single gaming ecosystem. And on consoles you have to operate within closed environments,” Spencer said, calling for breaking down existing “walls” for the sake of a better user experience.

The head of Microsoft’s gaming division is convinced that the openness of the ecosystem and the availability of a choice of platforms for purchases is one one of the key factors in the growth of PC gaming. Such a practice could be an effective cure for audience churn on consoles.

As an example, he cited the conditional situation with the game Sea of ​​Thieves, where users do not have to think about what platform the title is running on – it’s enough to know that my friends have this game.