Quantum Break Comes to Steam, Windows 7/8.x PCs

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Windows with 12 Comments

Quantum Break Comes to Steam, Windows 7/8.x PCs

The hit game Quantum Break, which debuted in April on Xbox One and Windows 10, is now available to Windows 7/8.x users via the Steam service and in a special Timeless Collector’s Edition via select retailers.

The Windows Store version of Quantum Break requires Windows 10, but it delivers DirectX 12 graphics for the best possible visual experience. The versions launching today will work on all supported versions of Windows—7, 8.x, and 10—but provides DirectX 11 graphics capabilities. That said, it still looks pretty sweet, if the launcher trailer is any indication.

As I noted in my overview of the game back in the Spring, Quantum Break is a third-person adventure-shooter with a time-travel plot and some great voice acting by notable TV stars. The official description notes:

In the aftermath of a split second of destruction that fractures time itself, two people find they have changed and gained extraordinary abilities. One of them travels through time and becomes hell-bent on controlling this power. The other uses these new abilities to attempt to defeat him – and fix time before it tears itself irreparably apart. Both face overwhelming odds and make dramatic choices that will determine the shape of the future. Quantum Break is a unique experience; one part hard-hitting video game, one part thrilling live action show, featuring a stellar cast, including Shawn Ashmore as the hero Jack Joyce, Aidan Gillen as his nemesis Paul Serene and Dominic Monaghan as Jack’s genius brother William. Quantum Break is full of the vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists Remedy Entertainment are renowned for. Your choices in-game will affect the outcome of this fast-paced fusion between game and show giving the player a completely unique entertainment experience.

Quantum Break for Windows is available on Steam for $40, which is a nice savings from the $60 selling price of the Xbox One version. (The Windows Store version has fallen to $40 as well.)

The disc-based Quantum Break: Timeless Collector’s Edition is likewise $40 from retailers such as Amazon.com and contains a number of extras, including premium packaging, a Steam product key, a “Making Of” Blu-ray disc and “Making Of” book, an audio CD, a double-sided poster, and a quickstart guide.

 

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12 responses to “Quantum Break Comes to Steam, Windows 7/8.x PCs”

  1. 5027

    Was a great game, a bit to easy and short though .. but still worth the money :) 

     

  2. 5593

    When I first heard about this game I was excited....but then I learned it's not a first-person shooter.  I don't do third-person or strategy games.  I was really disappointed.

  3. 5529

    So from this article, it seems if you but the Steam version and use it on Windows 10, you won't get to use DX12 even if your card supports it? If true, that makes me more determined to not buy games that are Windows Store only, if only to vote with my dollars. After all, if all my friends are on Steam, I shouldn't be punished for that.

  4. 5554

    Should've been on Steam from the get-go, since no one uses the windows store, and I sure as hell don't want my games in UWP jail.  

  5. 1114

    So I gave up pretty early on this game, I have a 2560x1440 144Hz IPS Display. For me this game had really really low framerates, and was unplayable. Plus the graphics was very grainy (supposedly to give it a film look). After a few patches and months it was no longer a slideshow of pictures but something that resembled movement on the screen, but still pretty bad. And then devs said that were not going to make more patches... What? They also had a post that they would upgrade the windows store version to a similar patch level as the steam version.

    On a side note: Is there a way to get a refund on this game? Or on games in the windows store? 

     

  6. 427

    I heard this happened becaus sales were slow, and that they are no longer updating the windows store version, just the steam version, but that's probably purely speculation (at least I hope). Never the less I think they would have much better success with any of these titles releasing to steam earlier in the sales cycle like a week or two after windows store.  Obviously they are wanting to push people to buy from the windows store ,as Tim Sweeney has said in the past.  I think they would see much more revenue on the PC side from steam.  The xbox play anywhere is cool for those who primarily play games on Xbox, and a nice try to get PC gamers that also own an xbox to buy stuff from the windows store, but I don't think its going to work out as well as they dreamed.  We'll know for sure in time.

  7. 5234

    "The hit game Quantum Break"

     

    Hardly.  http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/quantum-break

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