The Windows Store will allow you (finally) to choose where the games are installed

PC gamers using Windows Store and Xbox Game Pass for PC, rejoice. Your long national nightmare is over. Microsoft announced in a PC Community Update Video that it brings huge and very welcome changes to gaming on the Windows platform. The main one is the ability to choose where the games downloaded from Xbox Game Pass for PC and the Microsoft Store will be installed, as well as the ability to do whatever you want with the files. Previously, Microsoft typically placed games in a locked folder.

The update, which will soon be available exclusively for Xbox Insiders, is expected to roll out to the rest of the customer base in the near future. Not only will this allow you to change the installation location of games, but you can also install any game in any location, including a drive other than C: /, which can be useful if you are the type who love to keep important data from your Windows partition as it sometimes needs to be deleted and reinstalled. In addition to the custom install locations, you will be able to see which games allow mods and access the files themselves without any limitations, so you can swap save files with friends, edit config files, and do whatever they want. Users of other game download services have been doing so for quite some time now.

The update will also allow users to decide whether they want Windows 11’s Auto-HDR feature to be enabled or not, as some users might prefer to play their old games in their original, non-HDR glory. Also, according to The edge, which broke history hours before Microsoft released its video, you’ll also be able to repair games, verify files, and take backups of your folders, which is another hugely welcome update.

On the surface, this seems like one of those changes that should have been made a long time ago, because it’s such an easy thing to do, and Microsoft’s competitors in this area have allowed you to do these rudimentary tasks. always. We applaud Microsoft for listening to its customers and giving them exactly what they want. A revolutionary concept, we know.

As to when it will be available to the general public, Microsoft has not confirmed these details at the time of writing, but surely millions of gamers around the world are surely looking forward to it.

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