The versions of games found on the Windows Store have some strange limitations not found on Steam or other storefronts.
With the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider, PC players started to become aware of certain limitations the Windows Store has on games purchased from it.
As detailed on HowtoGeek, games downloaded from the store have locked exe files. This makes it so you can’t mod the game in any way, or add it to Steam to use the overlay and Steam Controller.
Issues include always-on V-Sync, as well as lack of SLI support. All of these prompted a fan to ask head of Xbox Phil Spencer on Twitter if the company is planning to change anything about the way games work on the platform. Spencer’s answer was a bit general, but hopefully more is being done behind the scenes.
@BigMouthGamer We know lists like this include features PC gamers want to see from us, we appreciate the feedback and have plans to improve
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 26, 2016
Quantum Break, which releases in April, is the next big Windows Store release. The fact that it’s not coming to Steam, means more PC players are bound to run into the same issues Rise of the Tomb Raider owners had to deal with.