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Halo: Reach to release December 3, on Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC
With the announcement of Metro Exodus on Microsoft Store excited you, then it might be because Metro has been broken free from its exclusivity from the Epic Games Store. It also helps that it's available for the princely sum of $1, contained within a 1 month trial in the newly branded Xbox Game Pass for PC.
This is where the good news ends. Even though Metro Exodus was released 4 entire months ago, its new release on the Microsoft Store reminds us more of rushed console port than a smooth launch you'd be expecting. It's a harsh reminder of the problems gamers faced with Games For Windows Live back in 2007. More painful is the realisation that many problems are probably the result of the restrictive Universal Windows Platform (UWP) that Microsoft Store applications must be contained within.
Firstly - not being able to install the damn thing - threads mention many people cannot install the game, giving error message 0x80070005 even with the above updates both installed. Make sure to install the latest Xbox beta and make sure to update to Windows version 1903 (the May update), then you'll need to buy the game or subscribe to Xbox Game Pass for PC. Now this does not guarantee it'll work - in fact it hasn't been installable on one of my PCs and the issue still isn't fixed.
If you are one of the lucky people who can 'play' the game, you're likely to encounter one or all of the below issues:
Game won't save - thread thread thread - even this poor chap losing 3 hours progress Settings won't save (e.g. resolution) - thread Config and save files are very hard to locate and edit - thread Cannot switch to DX11 despite it being a graphics option - thread After first cutscene, can't login to Xbox Live - thread thread (real GFWL flashbacks here) My current working theory is that porting Metro Exodus to UWP has caused all sorts of issues with permissions, where normally the user files of the game are easily accessible, e.g.
%AppData%\Saved Games\metro exodus\<user-id>\user.cfg
but are now contained within the locked down UWP format which is unwritable for whatever reason:
Another issue UWP may be causing is the 'blurry screen' as if the game is being rendered under a much lower resolution. This may be due to the fact that UWP forces borderless fullscreen windowed mode stretching the default 720p image. This combined with the fact that resolution changes aren't saving correctly are causing a lot of confusion. Apparently alt+tabbing will solve the issue but it's not a great first impression.
It's just conjecture at this point but it's a bad sign for future 3rd party AAA UWP games that are bound to come in droves to sign up for the Xbox Game Pass money pot.
For more up to date issues, the Metro Exodus wiki page will contain more up to date fixes. Many thanks to contributor Anthraksi for bringing the issue to our attention.
Link to the store entry: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/xbox-game-pass-pc-games/cfq7ttc0kgq8
$1/$4.99 is a tempting value. £1/£3.99 in the UK and €1/€3.99 in Europe.
What games will be included in Xbox Game Pass?
Our own current list: https://pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/List_of_PC_games_on_Xbox_Game_Pass
New list of games reported by deals.gg:
ABZU Antiquia Lost ARK: Survival Evolved Astroneer Battle Chasers: Nightwar Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Bomber Crew Bridge Constructor Portal Broforce Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons Book of Demons Clustertruck Crackdown 3 Crosscode Die for Valhalla! Disneyland Adventures Everspace Fez Football Manager 2019 Full Metal Furies Gears of War: Ultimate Edition dla Windows 10 Gears of War 4 Guacamelee 2 Halo: Spartan Assault Halo: Spartan Strike Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Halo Wars 2: Standard Edition Hatoful Boyfriend Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Hello Neighbor Hollow Knight Hotline Miami Imperator: Rome Into The Breach Lichtspeer: Double Speer Edition Forza Horizon 4 standard edition MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight Metro Exodus Mindzone Moonlighter MudRunner Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Neon Chrome Old Man's Journey Opus Mangum Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You Oxenfree Pony Island (Daniel Mullins Games) ReCore Riptide GP: Renegade Rise of Nations: Extended Edition Rise of the Tomb Raider Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure Ruiner Samorost 3 Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition Shenmue I & II Silence - The Whispered World 2 Sinner for Windows 10 Slay The Spire Shoot n Merge 2048 Smoke and Sacrifice Snake Pass State of Decay 2 SteamWorld Dig 2 Sunset Overdrive Super Lucky's Tale SUPERHOT - Windows 10 Supermarket Shriek Surviving Mars - First Colony Edition Riverbond Tacoma Titan Quest Anniversary Edition The Banner Saga The Banner Saga 2 The Banner Saga 3 The Flame In The Flood The Gardens Between The Messenger The Stillness of the Wind The Surge The Turing Test Thimbleweed Park Thumper Tyranny Gold Edition Valkyria Chronicles Vampyr Void Bastards Wandersong Wargroove Wasteland 2: Director's Cut West Of Loathing Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus We Happy Few Wizard of Legend Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection
Looks like this has leaked ahead of Microsoft's announcement - link is here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xbox-beta/9mv0b5hzvk9z
Interesting to see how this affect's Microsoft's current PC offerings and the Game Pass:
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