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Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will harm Steam with Windows 10 updates

Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will harm Steam with Windows 10 updates

Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will harm Steam with Windows 10 updates

Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will harm Steam with Windows 10 updates

 

Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will work to make Steam "progressively worse" with Windows 10 updates in order to force developers onto UWP and ultimately close the Open PC gaming ecosystem. 

In the Past Tim Sweeney, co-founder of Epic Games and the Unreal Engine, has already criticised Microsoft's UWP platform, stating that it is Microsoft's bid to monopolise the open PC development platform. It is Sweeney's belief that Microsoft plans to slowly update Windows 10 so that they can eventually destroy 3rd party storefronts and applications like Steam by slowly breaking and then phasing out traditional Win32 applications. 

 

     There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them,

Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down.

The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones.

 

Tim Sweeney believes that Microsoft will harm Steam with Windows 10 updates

 

While all of this may seem a little far-fetched, it is certainly something that Microsoft could try and force, which is precisely why Valve has been working to develop the Linux Gaming ecosystem and why several developers are interested in using the new multiplatform Vulkan API over Microsoft's DirectX 12. 

 

    Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they’re certainly trying.

    

With the Windows Store and UWP Microsoft does plan to rival Steam, though they have a long way to go before gamers will embrace UWP or prefer to buy their games on the Windows Store.  

The Windows Store is not very user-friendly right now and existing UWP games have had a large number of both performance and compatibility issues at launch. IT will certainly take a lot of effort on Microsoft's part before the Windows 10 Store becomes my platform of choice. 

 

You can join the discussion on Tim Sweeney's opinions on Windows 10 and UWP on the OC3D Forums

 

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26-07-2016, 06:59:22

AdmiralDonut
"they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative."

This would be a breach of every anti-trust/monopoly law on the books. Microsoft have already been hauled over the coals for this kind of , so I highly doubt they'll even begin to attempt this. Microsoft are greedy bastards, but don't make the mistake of thinking they are stupid.Quote

26-07-2016, 07:09:04

xnax2802
Seems like a bit of a tinfoil hat statement, but I have a grim feeling that he might just get to say "I told you so."Quote

26-07-2016, 07:09:53

King of Old Old School
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Originally Posted by AdmiralDonut View Post
"they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative."

This would be a breach of every anti-trust/monopoly law on the books. Microsoft have already been hauled over the coals for this kind of , so I highly doubt they'll even begin to attempt this. Microsoft are greedy bastards, but don't make the mistake of thinking they are stupid.
Lord Gaben will not let that happen why do you think he's pushing Linux cause he can see what Microsoft is doing.

Yes i trust Steam a hell of a lot more than i do Microsoft.

I heard somewhere like 2 maybe 3 years ago where Gaben went to Microsoft and he seen what they were going to do and that is why he has started pushing Linux more & more.Quote

26-07-2016, 07:45:07

ImprovizoR
People who think that this is just a tinfoil conspiracy have no idea what Microsoft has been trying to achieve for the better part of the last decade. Microsoft has a giant boner for how Apple does business. They've been trying to out-Apple Apple at every corner. If you think that Microsoft doesn't see Steam as a competitor that needs to be phased out you're being naive. Microsoft absolutely will try to monopolize PC gaming in the worst way imaginable.

The good news is that they will fail because that's not the only awful thing they're trying to do. They're trying to turn Windows 10 into a cloud based OS more and more with each update, they spy on everything you do, they don't let you update what you want and when you want. If they can take control away from users they absolutely will. Their first announcement of Xbone that made people lose their mind was all about taking control away from users. If you think that Microsoft would just give up on that you have no idea who they are.

Windows is becoming a bigger inconvenience every day and they can't get it to take off on mobile. Microsoft is really risking way too much for little to no gain. They've already failed to get 1 billion users which was their plan with Windows 10.

Meanwhile Linux is everywhere except on desktop. It's only a matter of time before it takes over desktop as well. I only wish Google would get on that desktop and laptop train and develop a fully functional Android OS designed specifically for desktop. It would blow up over night. If that were to happen, Linux would finally have the support it needs from big third party developers.

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Originally Posted by AdmiralDonut View Post
"they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative."

This would be a breach of every anti-trust/monopoly law on the books. Microsoft have already been hauled over the coals for this kind of , so I highly doubt they'll even begin to attempt this. Microsoft are greedy bastards, but don't make the mistake of thinking they are stupid.
Those lawsuits take years. Enough to bury their competition.Quote

26-07-2016, 08:37:31

Greenback
I still have a windows 7 disk so if it got to that point I'd go back to that, I have to much money in steam games to just abandon it even if i had to go linuxQuote
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