According to The Verge, Microsoft has finally seen the light regarding the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and 11. In the The Verge article it’s reported that users will be allowed to freely install games in any folder they want, with unrestricted access. This move will also allow WIndows 10 and 11 users to freely move and mod the files.
These changes should be part of an entire set of changes coming to the Xbox app, which is currently being tested internally at Microsoft.
scoop: the Xbox app on Windows will soon let you install PC games into any folder, access those folders freely, and mod games. No more install headaches for Xbox Game Pass for PC games, or lost disk space🙏 full details here: https://t.co/hDONfJJxORpic.twitter.com/xbx0Et7wGG
In the past few years, ever since Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, users have been reporting issues with the Microsoft Store. Installations would fail, game files would corrupt and various uesrs have reported not gettng any disk space back when removing games. No release date has been giving for this update, but Microsoft has confirmed working on changes to the Xbox app.
Yesterday, I uninstalled Nier Automata to make space for Forza, the game uninstalled but the files remain on the drive and that 40 gb of free space that I had to get is just there as useless debris unable to clear, just tucked away in the Windows apps folder behind god awful DRM, which might soon be less of an issue due to ability of accessing the local files for modding. Hopefully that means you can access the files for all games instead of just the ones that MS deems supports mods.
This store still needs a lot of work but I guess progress is slowly happening, fortunately. All this is great news!