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Windows Store games come with some pretty big limitations

Microsoft is attempting to crack into PC gaming once again this year with a big push for new games coming to the Windows 10 app store. However, there are some problems with that as it turns out that Windows Store games come with some pretty big limitations, with games like Rise of the Tomb Raider lacking even the basic option to switch off V-Sync.

When you download a game through the Windows 10 app store, it does not give you a traditional .exe file, instead the game will look something like this in your file directory: C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:AppsFolder\39C668CD.RiseoftheTombRaider_r7bfsmp40f67j!App. According to user reports, Microsoft’s Windows 10 App format lacks support for SLI and CrossFire, Fullscreen/Windowed display modes and apparently switching off V-Sync just can’t be done.

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One of the developers for Nixxes Software, the team behind Rise of the Tomb Raider on PC, confirmed that disabling VSync is not supported in the current UWP framework, which means those buying the game through the Windows Store are stuck with it forced on.

You could try and force multi-GPU support but since there is no traditional .exe file for your drivers to point to, this may not be possible either. This is worrying news as Microsoft is pushing gaming on its Windows 10 Store quite heavily, with games like Quantum Break and Gears of War set to be exclusive. If Microsoft is going to continue doing this, then it will need to update its framework to support PC properly.

KitGuru Says: Obviously we only have Rise of the Tomb Raider as a real example of this at the moment so the situation may have improved a bit by the time Gears of War or Quantum Break hit. Either way, there seems to be some issues with Microsoft’s Universal App format that need to be fixed if it is to be used for gaming. 

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  • Alex Ray

    sounds like a good excuse to completely skip any microsoft game on pc then.

  • Tyrann

    This is only if you buy through their horrid Microsoft App Store. If you buy from other sites or retail, this is not an issue.

  • Sevuz

    Well the games like Quantum Break Gears is Windows Store exclusive. So you are forced to get those games from there.

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  • Mike

    DEAREST MICROSOFT–

    We modders and mod players a huge part of the PC gaming scene.

    Your app will not let us mod the games.

    We won’t use your game store app if you do not change this.

    But even if you do change it.

    We remember GFWL.

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    To ensure you do fail.

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  • WhateverYouWantItToBe

    I can’t support any Microsoft game that’s locked to this service, but I want Xbox exclusives on PC. It’s a difficult choice. Microsoft why you being dicks for?

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    Boy are you late with this story….

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  • ramonzarat

    And M$ have to balls to call this “progress”??? Let me guess, all those limitations are actually “features”? They don’t even hide their Orwellian control freak agenda anymore. Easiest prediction ever: UWP will FAIL.