Xbox boss Phil Spencer to take ‘bigger leadership role’ in improving Microsoft Store for PC gamers

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has stated that the company needs to do more to improve the experiences of PC gamers using the Microsoft Store.

According to The Verge (via Gamasutra), Spencer acknowledged he’d "heard the feedback" about the issues and hinted at plans to redesign the digital storefront for PC gamers who often have issues downloading and installing games directly from the Microsoft Store.

“I think we’ve got a ton of work to do on Windows,” Spencer said at Microsoft’s XO18 event this weekend. “Windows is something I’m very committed to, I’ve heard the feedback about our store. I’m going to take a bigger leadership role on what’s going on with the Windows Store, make it really tailored to the gamers that we know want to see the best from what we have to offer.”

Microsoft also launched a new holiday charity campaign, #GivewithXbox. For every photo composition fans post on social media detailing what "gaming together" means to them, Microsoft will donate $5 – up to $1 million – worth of Xbox products to a selection of gaming-centric charities "who help bring gaming to everyone"; Child’s Play, Gamers Outreach, Special Effect, and Operation Supply Drop (OSD).

Microsoft also announced at the XO18 event that keyboard and mouse support is coming to Xbox One on November 14th, 2018, confirming "select titles" will be enabled at launch "for Insiders", starting with Warframe and Epic Games’ fan-favourite battle royale, Fortnite. It also confirmed it has added Obsidian Entertainment and inXile to its portfolio of development studios. This comes on the back of other acquisitions Microsoft publicised at E3 this year when it added five new studios – Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Undead Labs, and Compulsion Games – to its first-party lineup, as well as establishing new studio, The Initiative.

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