The Microsoft Store will give more money to developers starting on August 1, 2021.
Now that Microsoft has announced the Microsoft Store will only take a 12% cut from net revenue of PC game sales, and developers will now get to keep 88%, there’s ample incentive for devs to move there once the policy change kicks into effect on August 1, 2021. Compared to the Steam store, which only offers devs a 70% cut of revenue, the decision is a no-brainer. The question is, even if devs get more money via the Microsoft Store, will you buy their games there?
Will you buy PC games from the Microsoft Store (devs keep 88% of revenue, starting August 1st) or Steam (devs keep 70% of revenue)?
The developer cut isn’t the only difference between Steam and the Microsoft Store, of course. For example, even though Forza Horizon 4 is on both stores, the version on the Microsoft Store is superior in terms of performance. The same phenomenon exists in reverse for Quantum Break, where the Steam port runs better. But assuming future ports of games are equal in quality, which storefront will woo you?
Vote in the poll, and feel free to sound off in the comments. Do you care about developers but prefer Steam’s overall ecosystem too much to ever bother with the Microsoft Store? Do you not have a preference regarding storefronts? All thoughts are welcome.