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It’s a big year for Microsoft’s hardware endeavors. Earlier this year, the company unveiled the Surface Book 3, a unique melding of notebook and tablet that Microsoft calls “the ultimate laptop.” Next week, the long-awaited Xbox Series X console launches on November 10, and it probably puts your PC to shame. But what I want is something that straddles those two worlds and solidifies Microsoft’s position as a driving force in gaming-and yes, that includes PC gaming.
I want an Xbox gaming laptop, built with the same attention to detail as the Surface lineup, but focused on highlighting the best of Microsoft’s gaming innovations and what’s possible on the PC.
Diehard PC enthusiasts may scoff-it’s hard to look past the epic failure of Games for Windows Live-but hear me out.
Why Xbox matters for PC gaming
Under Phil Spencer’s stewardship, Microsoft’s Xbox division has doubled down on PC gaming, introducing new features that improve the lives of PC gamers even if they aren’t aware of them. A lot of those benefits are intrinsically tied to the underlying DirectX 12 graphics technology shared between Windows 10 and Xbox, but there’s more than DX12 at play as Microsoft works toward leveling up everyone’s gaming experience.
Before real-time ray tracing could debut in Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards, Microsoft added DirectX Raytracing to Windows. DirectX 12 Ultimate enshrines other cutting-edge technologies (mostly Nvidia innovations) into both Windows and the forthcoming Xbox Series X for the good of all gamers-including Radeon owners. Microsoft’s forward-thinking Xbox Play Anywhere initiative lets you buy a game once, then play it on PCs or consoles, and it’s been bolstered by the company’s impressive support of cross-play features. Xbox Games Pass for PC is the best value in gaming today, offering over 100 games for $5 per month. Even the Windows 10 Game Bar kicks ass now.
Xbox isn’t just for the living room any more. It’s the brand for all of Microsoft’s gaming ambitions, uniting PCs and consoles alike. But sadly, Microsoft’s mo