Scalebound, Gears of War 4 might be ported to PC too

microsoft game porting to pcs gamescomscalebound
PlantinumGames' Scalebound is slated to release later this year as an Xbox One console exclusive.
When Microsoft announced just a few weeks before its launch that Quantum Break, which was originally designated as an Xbox One exclusive, would also be released for the PC in early April, Xbox fans weren’t happy. And that’s unlikely to change with the latest rumor doing the rounds either, as it could be that even more games that were originally only available on Xbox will soon be playable on PC as well.

Some of the games that Microsoft is said to be considering for the platform jump include Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War 4, and Scalebound, with the first of these being the only one of the trio to have already been released on the platform. Although Gears has a strong pedigree on Xbox, the fact that Scalebound was originally teased several years ago and is now coming to PC too, may irk those who bought the console with that game in mind.

There’s also a suggestion that an as-yet unannounced Forza Horizons 3 could also end up as a cross-platform release.

Microsoft has stated that Quantum Break won’t debut on Steam when released and will instead only be sold through the Windows Store, so there is still some exclusivity. Presumably any other cross platform games would also be sold through there, rather than on Steam.

None of this is a certainty by any means, and it comes from the Chinese site WPDang (via WindowsCentral), so take it with a pinch of salt, but it does make sense in many ways. Microsoft has — in trying to placate all of its gaming consumers — promised more support for PC gaming, which it admits it has not been as focused on in recent years.

On top of that, much of Microsoft’s hardware/software strategy in the last couple of years has involved platform unification. Linking up phones, tablets, and consoles together under one operating system has a lot of advantages, one of them being that games that were previously only compatible with the Xbox One could well work on PC too.

What are some of the games you would like to see on Windows that previously have been Xbox One exclusives?

Gaming

Xbox One adds mouse and keyboard support, levels playing field with PC

The latest system software update for Xbox One has added mouse and keyboard support. The support is limited to Warframe and Fortnite at the moment, with more games coming in November and December.
Deals

The best cheap-but-awesome PlayStation 4 game deals under $20

The PlayStation 4 has hit its stride in recent years and is now more affordable than ever. If you have a PS4 or are thinking of buying one, we’ve collected some must-have games. The best part? Each of these is just $20 or less.
Gaming

These are the best Xbox One games available right now

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From 'Cuphead' to 'Halo 5,' the best Xbox One games offer something for everyone.
Gaming

What games were nominated for the The Game Awards 2018? Find out here

The Game Awards returns to Los Angeles for its fifth show this December. Here is everything we know about the event, including its location, where you can watch it, and games that were nominated.
Computing

Microsoft drops Surface Go price to $350 for Black Friday week

The Microsoft Surface Go convertible tablet has seen a large price drop this Black Friday sales season, lowering the base model to $350 and even the upgraded ones have seen $50 knocked off of their asking price.
Deals

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Computing

Razer takes up to $500 off of its Blade gaming laptops for Black Friday

If you're a fan of Razer's understated aesthetics that earned the Blade comparisons with Apple's laptops, you can score some big savings on Black Friday, as Razer is offering up to $500 discounts off of its gaming notebooks.
Computing

Detangle your desk with a mighty wireless mouse. Here are our six favorites

If you're looking for the best wireless mouse on the market, we've got the list for you!. These six models have something for everyone, whether you're a hardcore gamer or simply looking to ward off carpal tunnel.
Computing

Reluctant to give your email address away? Here's how to make a disposable one

Want to sign up for a service without the risk of flooding your inbox with copious amounts of spam and unwanted email? You might want to consider using disposable email addresses via one of these handy services.
Buying Guides

Solid-state drives are speedier than hard disk drives. Are they worth it?

As the price of solid-state drives comes down, it's reached a point where it's hard to recommend a system without at least a hybrid solution. In the battle of SSD vs. HDD, a clear winner has emerged.
Computing

Service restored after glitch locks out Microsoft Office 365 business users

Microsoft reported that a problem with its system caused some users to be locked out of their accounts. Because the multifactor authentication system went down globally, some Office 365 and Azure users were unable to log in.
Computing

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. This list of the best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.
Deals

The best Walmart Black Friday deals in 2018

Walmart has historically been the undisputed king of Black Friday deals. The mega-store is known for offering deals on products in almost every category, from smart TVs to children’s toys. We're combing through every deal as it is…
Computing

Want to game on your Chromebook? Here's where to start

Chromebooks aren't great for gaming, but there are a few titles that most machines can run. There's a surprisingly diverse crowd that includes role-playing games, action side-scrollers, and puzzlers.