The Windows 10 Creators Update rolled out final week, and for a many part, we’re pretty happy with it. There’s a good new Night Light environment that adjusts tone heat during opposite times of day to assistance revoke eye strain, troubleshooters and confidence facilities have all been changed into executive hubs, and nonetheless we haven’t had a possibility to extensively exam it yet, Game Mode is a earnest new underline that could potentially assistance players on lower-spec systems.
But there’s one area of a refurbish that unequivocally let us down: a Windows Store. To be clear, a Creators Update didn’t unequivocally change anything about a Windows Store—but that’s a problem. The Windows Store is still a mess.
First off, a Store UI is officious abysmal. The store homepage is a mixture of apps, cinema and albums, and assorted games (mostly Microsoft-published). There’s 0 to assistance heed a vast diversion like Rise of a Tomb Raider from a giveaway container appurtenance app or a cocktail song manuscript on a homepage.
The games territory isn’t many better, with small apparent curation and no good approach to crop for games. There’s a list of genres during a bottom of a page, though once we click one you’re mislaid in a sea of crappy mobile ports that make a games we’d indeed wish to play formidable to find. The “Top Paid” territory of a Games storefront seems to offer a many useful offerings, though even afterwards Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 lay alongside a likes of Bejeweled Live, a $3 Wheel of Fortune game, and an collection of cartoony “Toca Life” apps.
Even worse, a Windows Store has a lane record of glitchy behavior. In a new NeoGAF thread about a Windows Store, many users reported several download issues—the many gross being that vast downloads would restart from 0 if they away or encountered an error. One print pronounced a download of Forza Horizon 3 ran into a join with 49GB out of a sum 52GB download completed. Instead of picking adult where it left off, a whole thing restarted from a beginning. We weren’t means to replicate a emanate ourselves, though we had other issues in a past removing games to download—in one case, we indispensable to ascent to a Windows 10 Anniversary update, though a store didn’t give us that information. Enough users have reported downloads timing out and starting over that we trust it’s some-more than an removed incident.
Given that a whole Creators Update is focused on, well, creators, it would have been good to see Microsoft give them some support in a form of a organic place to sell their creations. We adore Steam, though foe can be a good thing—GOG devotes some-more courtesy to comparison games than Steam, and a Galaxy customer lets we hurl behind diversion rags to progressing builds, a good underline Steam still lacks. A improved Windows Store would advantage everyone. Instead, we got a introduction of digital books and a Dolby Atmos app in a store (seriously, that’s what Microsoft highlighted as “What’s new in a Windows Store with a Creators Update).
I’m not suggesting a Windows Store is or even should be a deputy for digital storefronts like Steam or GOG. If new Microsoft-published games like Halo Wars and Voodoo Vince removing expelled on Steam prove a trend, maybe a Windows Store’s days are numbered. But if Microsoft is still committed to a store, it would be good to have some tangible useful functionality in a thing that comes pre-loaded on a machines—especially if we’re forced to use it for UWP games like Forza and Halo for a foreseeable future.