Xbox recently announced they are reducing the cut of the sale from 30% down to 12%. This will likely motivate more game studios to consider the Xbox store for sales. The move also puts direct pressure on Valve who operates Steam.

The old Spanish piece of eight coin gives credence to the changes. Xbox is willing to even shave the bit. The old coin when quartered gives rise to the expression of two-bits.

Recently Apple and Android reduced the fees for publishing on mobile devices. Now Xbox is pressuring the industry more widely with lower fees.

Xbox know many of you play across more than just your PC, including on Xbox and mobile. That’s why they’re excited to announce Halo Infinite will support multiplayer cross-play and cross-progression when it releases later this year. That means if you’re playing on PC, you can play with your friends on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It also means that your multiplayer customization and progress will follow you across all platforms.

Xbox is definitely playing hardball now with a rich environment for games. The changing standard will likely see increased competition in the industry.

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