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Microsoft is increasingly positioning its Xbox brand as a series platform for games, even those on PC. In its latest move, the company is combining its gaming division with its ongoing adoption of open source concepts and products.

Specifically, the company is opening up game folders to be stored wherever the player wants. On Windows, users have been restricted in how much access they get to game files. When a game is purchased from the Microsoft Store, the file is place in a protected folder with no user access.

This was a problem in the PC game community because players were unable to modify games. Modding is a big part of the gaming industry where gamers and third-parties change games from the core experience.

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On the Xbox Game Pass service, Microsoft is now implementing a change to its policy. Users ill be able to install games anywhere they want on the system, including on folders that will support mods.

“With great PC games like Back 4 Blood, Age of Empires IV, Forza Horizon 5, and Halo Infinite on day one with Game Pass, we wanted to provide players with more options to customize their experience in the Xbox app,” says a Jason Beaumont, partner director of experiences at Xbox. “We’ll continue to share updates as we launch additional features.”

Not only will this allow modding, it will also means massive game files can be installed on external or secondary drives. Microsoft is currently running the new ability in preview.

Casual Gaming Push

Earlier this week, Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer said the company is interested in exploring more avenues into casual gaming.

“When I think about the kinds of genres that are usually associated with Xbox, yes, we have Roblox, we have Minecraft, we have FIFA and Fortnite, but we want to continue to invest in more social, casual content that’s out there,” Spencer said.

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