Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Nov 2016 18:16 UTC
Games

Of course, it only works if you have other people to play with. A few gamers who bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare through the digital storefront built into Windows 10 have discovered they can only play with other gamers who also bought the game from Microsoft. Xbox One players can only play with other Xbox One players, and PlayStation 4 players can only play with other PlayStation 4 players. This has always been the case. The trouble is that this time not all PC players can play with other PC players. For unknown reasons, Windows 10 Store customers are segregated from customers who bought the game from Steam, which is by far the most popular platform on PC.

That's like buying a game from Target and learning you can't play with people who bought it from Best Buy. Call of Duty fans who made the unfortunate of mistake of giving Microsoft their cash are left sitting in lonely multiplayer lobbies waiting for games that'll never start.

However, it appears that Microsoft is giving out refunds.

Only two people were looking for a multiplayer game.

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RE[3]: Shame
by sj87 on Tue 8th Nov 2016 11:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Shame"
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It appears that this is a combination of Microsoft requiring extra hoops for cross-play with Steam, and CoD publisher Activision not being willing to jump through these hoops.

So the fault is shared between Microsoft and Activision.

It isn't Activision's fault if Microsoft requires the vendor to engage into some pathetic vendor lock-in mechanisms to simply enable the game to be published in Windows Store. I am not saying this is the case, but it certainly seems like it.

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