Xbox Play Anywhere will allow you to play games across Xbox One and PC starting in September
We told you back at E3 about Microsoft’s new Xbox Play Anywhere feature, which will allow players to play the same games on Xbox One and PC with one purchase, and carry over saves and achievements seamlessly. Now, we have confirmation (via Gamespot) that it is going to go live September 13th.
Play Anywhere will require you to have Windows 10’s new Anniversary update – that arrives August 2nd. Plus, Xbox One players will also apparently need the new summer update, coming soon. Also keep in mind that Play Anywhere will only be possible for certain supported games – so it might not work with some of your old favourites. But hopefully any future releases will be supported.
Having said that, we know that the first Play Anywhere game will reportedly be ReCore, which launches on September 13th. Other supported games will include Forza Horizon 3 (September 27th), Gears of War 4 (October 11th) and Halo Wars 2 (February 17th, 2017).
So what about PS4 players? Well, for its part, Sony has no plans to introduce such a feature at this time. Recent comments indicate that they are still not sure there is enough “latent consumer demand” for such a thing. “I always hesitate to be drawn into discussions of someone else’s strategy,” PlayStation president Andrew House recently said. “I’m more than happy to talk about our own strategy. Yes, there was a big emphasis from the folks at Microsoft on Xbox and PC cross-play. It remains to be seen whether there is latent large consumer demand for that.”
Only time will tell if this stance changes. Stay tuned here for more updates. And in case you missed it, check out some of our recent E3 news coverage, including huge announcements from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and a bunch of the industry’s biggest game developers.