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Xbox Gamepass for PC appears to be getting game updates beyond what other platforms have

On March 17th, it was reported that the version of Nier: Automata on the XGP, the BECOME AS GODS edition, was a different and much improved version of the one found on Steam, the Game of the YorHa edition. This was particularly big news since the first port of Nier: Automata has been infamously buggy and broken for many, and it has never received an update since launch despite its widespread and massive success.

This version of the game not only fixes the resolution and FPS issues, but it also adds things like HDR and ultrawide support. This new port was developed by QLOC and have apparently included these improvements at Platinum Games' request. There have been longstanding rumours about disagreements between Square-Enix and Platinum about who is responsible for updating the game, thus its lack of updates (even though all other PC titles by SE and Platinum have received updates), and the original release continues to be completely unplayable for many even with the FAR mod.

Yesterday, March 18th, a Resident Evil and Evil Within YouTuber reported that the XGP version of Evil Within was effectively a new version of the game with significant additions and changes:

  • first person mode + FOV option
  • Infinite ammo mode
  • Icons for lantern/sneaking in first person view
  • Low/Medium options for Camera Bob
  • The stamina has been adjusted, you can now run for 5 seconds at default stamina(was originally 3 seconds)
  • All DLC Included
  • Separate Achievement List from Xbox
  • The game also feels less janky and smooth

First person mode has been a highly requested feature for the game, as it was added with the sequel (The Evil Within 2) and has been an often requested and modded feature to the original game.

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    babypuncher
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    I'm not sure about The Evil Within, but Nier Automata appears to be a new port made from the Xbox version as a UWP app. In that case, they literally can't release it on Steam unless they port it...

    I'm not sure about The Evil Within, but Nier Automata appears to be a new port made from the Xbox version as a UWP app. In that case, they literally can't release it on Steam unless they port it from UWP to Win32.

    Microsoft has stated before that there is no reason Steam can't distribute UWP apps. They aren't locked to the Windows store. Valve just chooses not to allow it.

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      lionirdeadman
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      Is there evidence this is the Xbox version and not an updated win32 port inside the store? Was FidelityFX available on the Xbox?

      I'm not sure about The Evil Within, but Nier Automata appears to be a new port made from the Xbox version as a UWP app.

      Is there evidence this is the Xbox version and not an updated win32 port inside the store? Was FidelityFX available on the Xbox?

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      1. babypuncher
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        I haven't downloaded the game to look at the package myself, but I've seen reports that UWPHook is necessary to get the Game Pass version working with a DualShock 4. I don't think that is...

        I haven't downloaded the game to look at the package myself, but I've seen reports that UWPHook is necessary to get the Game Pass version working with a DualShock 4. I don't think that is necessary for win32 apps packaged for the store with MSIX.

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