Microsoft announced on Thursday that it's giving developers a bigger cut of the revenue on PC, increasing their share of game sales from 70% to 88%. That means Microsoft's cut of sales on the Windows Xbox app and Microsoft store is now 12%, matching the Epic Games Store. It's a great change for PC developers, who can now keep more money from their sales on the Xbox app or Epic Games Store than they do on Steam. But Microsoft's change creates a weird disparity between its PC and console ecosystems, with "Play Anywhere" games now playing by two sets of rules. For consumers, there's no difference between buying a Play Anywhere game on PC or Xbox, but publishers now receive a different cut of the revenue depending on where you click the buy button, Microsoft confirmed to PC Gamer. Some background: Back in 2016, when Microsoft was just starting to focus on PC gaming again in a big way, it introduced the Play Anywhere program, which lets you buy a game once and play it on both PC and … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s new PC revenue share makes things weird for cross-buy games
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Holding a camera in your hands has a subtle effect on the nature of reality around you, I reckon. And that's true even when the reality around you isn't that real. In the Earth Temple, somewhere across the Great Sea, I once asked Medli to move to the left a little, just so I could get a picture of her in front of a huge golden sun of some kind. I could not ask Medli, of course. I had to nudge her, and to move around in a way that meant she might follow and stop where I wanted her to stop. Then I raised the camera - wood and brass, I can almost remember the weight of it, the warmth of varnish and the chill of metal - and I took the picture. Medli's name has been long forgotten. I had to look it up just now, ditto the Earth Temple. But twenty years after the fact I can remember the moment. I remember, really, two things about The Wind Waker, the glorious Zelda game in which Medli lives. The first thing is looking through a telescope on Dragon Roost Island and seeing a distant … [Read more...] about The best thing a game can give you is a camera
THE PCG Q&A Find all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here . Some highlights: What games deserve a Snyder cut? What's your most embarrassing achievement? Who did you romance in Mass Effect? It doesn't matter if it wasn't videogame-related, though the odds of it being a walkthrough or cheat code are probably pretty high. Were you searching for song lyrics, music videos, or RuneScape? Free games, god mode, or Pokémon? Or was it something far too embarrassing to own up to? Do you remember the first thing you searched the web for? Here are our answers, plus a few from our forum . James Davenport: What else but https://www.goosebumps.com ? The way I am an annoying prick about Dark Souls today, I was an annoying prick about Goosebumps as a 10-year-old. I was obsessed with those books, so the day our local library got dial-up internet, I ran down the street and into the dingy backroom computer lab, and logged the hell on. I remember an oozing, poorly … [Read more...] about Do you remember the first thing you searched the web for?
With Death Loop being pushed from May to September, I've been forced to search elsewhere for my Arkane fix. Dishonored 2, which sits comfortably in my Top 5, seemed like the obvious choice for some immersive sim goodness, but instead I went a lot further back through the studio's oeuvre, to a time when all a hero needed was a really strong kick. Dark Messiah of Might & Magic has an almost comical obsession with kicking stuff to death or punting them off ledges. See, this 2006 action-RPG makes confronting enemies pretty dangerous unless you're using sly tricks. If you're being cautious, maybe you'll keep yourself safe with magic, freezing foes while healing yourself, or pick your enemies off from afar with your handy bow. If that sounds dull, however, you can always charge into a melee brawl, and that's when you'll want to bring out the boot. Even Dark Messiah's pale, scrawny necromancers can take a major beating, so if you're wailing on them with a sword, you'll be giving … [Read more...] about Arkane’s Dark Messiah is still the best RPG for killing things with your foot
Two weeks ago I set out to build a gaming PC, and let’s just say it was not an entirely smooth process. I’d watched all the recommended tutorials on YouTube, I’d read several seemingly exhaustive ‘how to’ guides, which chummily assured me it would be just like making a Lego model. But as things started to go wrong, as BIOS updates refused to download, and components failed to fit in the right places, I started to feel as though I’d been slightly misled. So, before you embark on your first PC building project, here are 10 things the guides don’t tell you about tools, technology, and life in general. 1. Choosing components is hard There are so many options for every part of your build. Do you go with the best CPU you can afford and a cheaper GPU – or the opposite? Is Corsair RAM better than Western Digital RAM, and if so how? Do you need a modular or semi-modular PSU? Is the cheap motherboard you bought on eBay PCI 3.0 or PCIe 4.0? Will your giant, super powerful graphics card … [Read more...] about The 10 things they never tell you about building a gaming PC