Xbox on Windows 8 Won’t Sell ‘Mature’ Titles

    October 12, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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[UPDATE] As pointed out in the comments, the wording of the requirements implies that MATURE titles will be allowed in the store, though PEGI 18+ titles will not.

[ORIGINAL] Microsoft has gotten tons of criticism for Windows 8. Much of the criticism has focused on the operating system’s tile-based user interface, but a significant amount has also focused on Microsoft’s inclusion of a game store built-in to the OS.

Valve’s Gabe Newell criticized the game store because it could limit the access indie game developers have to the PC platform and make games in the game store seem more “official” than others. Valve’s own game store, Steam, recently launched a voting mechanism that allows users to choose what indie games are sold in the Steam Store.

Today gamers have another reason to criticize the Windows 8 game store, which is rumored to be Xbox-branded. Rock, Paper, Shotgun this week pointed out that the Windows 8 app certification requirements require Windows Store apps to be under a MATURE or PEGI 18+ rating. From the requirements document:

Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed. Metadata and other content you submit to accompany your app may contain only content that would merit a rating of PEGI 12, ESRB EVERYONE, or Windows Store 12+, or lower.

It seems Steam might not have much to fear from the closed-off Microsoft Store. By shunning blockbuster MATURE-rated titles such as Assassin’s Creed III, Skyrim, and Resident Evil 6, and by making certification a barrier to entry, Microsoft is effectively leaving out a good portion of the PC gaming market.

By going after the casual market, Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that their video game store on Windows 8 will be quite irrelevant to many PC gamers. That could be the plan, though. It would certainly leave the PC gaming market more open, comforting many developers that have their own platforms.

  • Faizan Ali

    This is just stupid when i finally thought i could play all Xbox LIVE titles on PC (Arcade atleast) then for no damn reason Microsoft bans mature titles this shows M$ still wants PC Gamers to suffer.

  • klove

    That’s not what that statement says, you need to read it again. It says no titles ranked higher than M will be accepted. Meaning,M is okay. You guys don’t proofread so well.

  • Rick

    Exactly what klove said. The document states “Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed.”

    OVER mature, that essentially just means no titles with the rating of AO – Adults Only, which is exactly what we are already used to with game retailers. Try again Sean Patterson!

  • http://www.codeworxstudios.com Hunter

    Wait a second. All of those games can still be purchased and installed. just like on win 7. Steam, from a CD in a box, etc. Nothing is being taken away that I can see. I can install anything I want. Even Minecraft worked once I put Java on the machine. I don’t see what the big freaking upset deal is all about people. I really don’t. As for the store, it is their store to sell what they want. If you don’t like it don’t buy from there. When MS says you can’t have anything but what they sell I will get bent. So why get bent when you can still go get the title they don’t sell. It reeks of ignorance. Go educate people.