Windows 10 Version Sales?

Hello everyone,

I’ve been toying with the free-to-play version of Killer Instinct on my PC recently and I’m enjoying it and would like to buy the game down the road.

I’d prefer to pick up the Windows 10 version over the Steam version for proper crossplay options, but how often does the Windows 10 version go on sale? Any notifications with the Microsoft Store as an option, or do I need to manually check all the time?

There also seems to be two priced versions of the “Definitive Edition” right now, found here and here. Can someone please tell me what the difference is, as that’s a fair price difference for what appears to be the same product. The $39.99 one was actually listed as $31.99 yesterday…


I own the Windows/Xbox and Steam version and I definitely recommend buying the Windows 10 version over the Steam version for multiple reasons (I can more into detail if you want).

I bought KI shortly after Season 3 came out and haven’t bothered to look when the game goes on sale because of that, so I can’t help you there.

As to the different Definitive Edition, I noticed that the more expensive one includes the Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Hub. But I don’t know if it works on PC.

You see, the way I bought KI is very complicated.
First I bought Shadow Jago when he was still exclusive before I could even play the game, then season 3 dropped with the Supreme Edition.
The thing is, the Supreme Edition wasn’t available in Germany because of the 2 classic games (which I couldn’t even play because I didn’t have an Xbox One at that time.
So I bought the Ultra Edition of Season 3 + the Season 1 and 2 bundle.
Then after a while, the Definitive Edition dropped and at that time I also had an Xbox One, so I bought the Definitive Edition as a disc.
That means I can play KI (the reboot) on both Windows 10 and Xbox One and have all the content, but when I want to play KI 1 or 2 Classic or the Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Hub I need the disc.
The Xbox One disc obviously doesn’t work on PC. So I don’t know how it works on PC.
Since you get KI 1 and 2 Classic when you buy it on PC even though you can only play them on Xbox it could be possible that the Hub is also only available on Xbox One.

In short: It’s probably not worth the higher price.

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Thank you kindly for replying, @Cry3sis, much appreciated! I’d certainly be interested in more details about the Windows 10 vs Steam versions of the game.

For the Killer Instinct Definitive Edition Hub, exactly what is that; what does it do? I currently do not own an Xbox One console, so any Xbox One only content would be rather inconsequential to me.

The Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition Hub is an app in which you can read through bios of the characters and stages, you can listen to all the songs from KI Season 1-3, KI1 and 2 Classic, and some Behind the Scenes stuff that you can also watch on Youtube. It’s pretty cool but since you can find almost anything online it isn’t that special.

As for the differences between the Windows and Steam version:

  • It’s a lot easier to just tab out of the Windows version since it’s always in a borderless window mode. Normally I prefer real fullscreen but the steam version is a bit weird.
  • The Steam version won’t recognize your controller if you accidentally disconnected it, so you have to restart the game. The Windows version recognizes your controller and works flawlessly even when you put it in after you started the game.
  • When you buy the Definitive Edition on Windows all characters will have a permanent XP boost (I don’t know if you still get it if you buy the game now) on Steam you don’t get the XP boost so you have to grind more to unlock all the accessories and colors for the characters.
  • The only thing that the steam version has that isn’t possible with the windows version is modding, but there aren’t a lot of mods for KI. The only thing I found useful is a mod that makes the game run on a 21:9 monitor, and since I have one, it’s interesting for me. But the mod isn’t perfect and not the ideal way to play the game. And if you don’t have an ultrawide monitor, well then it’s useless for you.
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Thanks again for the reply, @Cry3sis! Okay, I understand what the Hub is now, though it’s independent from the actual game itself; a completely separate App? And was it on PC or was it Xbox One only?

Those are some good differences to know. Modding isn’t my thing so that’s a non-issue for me, and I’m playing in 1920x1080 anyway. I do use a Hori Fighting Commander for Xbox One though, so proper controller support is definitely a must for me.

I’m actually going to ask a friend of mine who’s in the same region with an Xbox One to check how much the Definitive Edition is via the in-console store. I checked the Windows 10 Store direct, and it takes me to the second link I posted, the $51.99 version. I wonder if the $39.99 version is the Xbox One version, despite that fact that they’re each Xbox Play Anywhere Apps.

I will also add that if you intend to play online, then the Win10 version is definitely the way to go, as it is fully crossplay enabled with the X1 ecosystem. On Steam you can play Exhibition and Lobby sets with X1/Win10 players, but that system isn’t great for finding specific people. Additionally, the Steam Ranked ecosystem is completely separate, and empty for the most part. For ease of finding games online, Win10 is infinitely better. Steam does have a bit of extra stability going for it, but for the most part I’ve found Win10 KI to run almost perfectly anyway.

There’s apparently some kind of really jacked up bug with using Games Pass to get/play the Win10 version (where only a single character is unlocked for some reason), but as far as I know that issue is tied specifically to the title’s Games Pass integration. May be worth doing the research to confirm that however - wouldn’t want you to pay money for a title that doesn’t work the way it should.

I bought my versions through the X1 itself at each season’s launch, so cannot speak to your broader questions around the Definitive Edition and sales and such.

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@STORM179 Thanks for replying! I do intend to play Online, but mostly with a friend or two. Having the option to go further if I wish is quite appealing though, and another reason I was leaning towards the Windows 10 version of the game.

I read about that bug in another thread, though I was unaware it was tied to the PC Games Pass. I saw to that some people only have one character unlocked, some people have all but Season 3, and other variations in-between.