10 Best Steam Alternatives For PC Gamer
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Steam has a large selection of games and you can find amazing deals during their sales. But not everyone is a fan of Steam. There are several issues that people have with the service including a history of having terrible customer support. If you're looking for other options for your PC gaming needs, we will show you 10 alternatives to steam that you should know.
First up is Green Man gaming, this web-based store sells digital keys for Steam, Origin, Battle.net and many others. They offer independent sales which vary from those services. You can find many of the newer releases from AAA publishers along with a large selection of indie titles. If you sign up for their VIP program you can also get extra discounts.
Next up is GOG which is short for Good Old Games. This distribution site was created by the people over at the CD Projekt group, the makers of The Witcher series. What makes this site stand out is that all the games are 100% DRM free. They have some of the newer games with a large catalog of older games that can be hard to find on other services. They also have a gaming client called GOG galaxy for Windows, Mac, and coming soon for Linux, that can make it more convenient to purchase update and play your games purchase from GOG.
Origin is another service similar to steam with a downloadable client. The site is owned by Electronic Arts, another company known for lackluster customer service. If you're looking specifically for EA titles, you'll find them all right here. If you don't plan to use the service to buy games it is worth checking back every month or so to see their featured free games.
Humble has been a favorite for the last few years. They're well known for their humble bundles. You can get several games for a low price. Here's how it works, just select one of the many bundles listed and you pay what you want started from a buck. They also offer a monthly subscription service called the Humble monthly where you can get several games for a fixed price each month. If you're the charitable type, Humble gives a percentage of what they sell to charity.
GamersGate is another popular service that offers game keys to be used on other services like steam and they also have direct downloads for DRM-free titles. The GamersGate offers section it's worth checking out for a lot of great deals.
PlayStation Now is a game streaming service for use with the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC. It's not available for Mac or Linux yet. With the service you can get on-demand access to more than 500 PS3 and PS4 games. It was worth for you if want just to be able to play Red Dead Redemption or Last of Us on a PC. They're currently offering a 7-day free trial, after that ends the cost is $19.99 per month. Also on PC a DualShock 4 controller is required along with an internet connection of 5 Mbps or greater. PlayStation Now is a real cool service.
We’re surprised more people aren't using Direct2drive. Used to be the IGN game store, it has since been purchased by a holding company and is now run as an independent business. They still offer a large selection of games that can be downloaded from the side. They now also sell games that require DRM activation on services like Steam. Direct2drive is another option to score some great deals on games.
itch.io is for those of you that like to play indie games. We will find many of the popular independent developers now are publishing their games here. The pricing can vary quite a bit and there's a healthy selection of free games to play too. If you want curated collections, check out their bundles section. To install update and play indie games itch.io do now has a desktop app for Windows Mac and Linux.
Uplay which is owned by Ubisoft is another service that is similar to Origin. You can find the latest titles from Ubisoft here. Sometimes you get the lower costs than elsewhere. Ubisoft games can also be found on Steam. Many times to be able to play a Ubisoft game both steam and Uplay have to be running at the same time. It’s require two DRM to play one game and it’s absolutely absurd. If you don't play Ubisoft games there is no need for you to use this platform.
10. Microsoft Store
Last but not least is the Microsoft Store which they use to call the Windows Store. It's an app that's part of the Windows 10 operating system. It has a decent amount of quality games, but what makes the Microsoft Store is great , you'll find many franchises like Forza Motorsport that were once exclusive to Xbox consoles which are now available for Windows 10 with cross-platform multiplayer. Microsoft Store is the smartest decision Microsoft has made in years
So, that’s all best 10 Steam alternatives for you PC gamers out there. And as always, thanks for reading.