so let’s talk about buying games on windows, directly from microsoft

I’m running a skin called Metro for Steam
  1. It does not show games you own that are not installed.
  2. It lacks any features showing achievements, screenshots, friends who own and play the game, and so on.
  3. All of Microsoft’s stores — the MS store itself, the Xbox, and the new Xbox app on PC, fail to adequately communicate what you own or don’t own. This appears to be an underlying technology issue, and I hope it is resolved soon.
  1. Your PC games are split between two separate storefronts, and one storefront only has games that are ALSO on Game Pass.
  2. We have looked at this storefront (“Xbox (beta)”) and compared features with Steam, and we find that most features are missing, though some are split into Game Bar.
  1. Make it easy for the customer to find what they are looking for.
  2. Entice the customer with other things they want but don’t necessarily need.
  3. Make the experience look and feel good. In a physical store, this is going to be through things like lighting, displays, mood music, friendly store staff, and so on. Online, we’re talking about clicking on buttons in a way that feels joyful and responsive (look at how happy the Nintendo Switch Store UI is!).



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GB 'Doc' Burford

GB 'Doc' Burford


I do some freelance work, game design consulting, and I’ve worked on games Hardspace: Shipbreakers and created games like Adios and Paratopic.