After the last E3 gaming event where Microsoft announced a new set of Xbox consoles, it also announced a gaming without barriers initiative where Xbox games will become Windows 10 games too. It expanded on this as part of a series of upgrades coming to Windows 10 this August to mark the operating system’s one year anniversary. In a blog post, Yusuf Mehdi who is the Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft said
- With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.
- Xbox Play Anywhere games will be offered within the new unified Windows Store on both Windows 10 and Xbox One. You’ll be able to find the content you want faster and purchase game and app bundles, pre-orders, pre-downloads and subscriptions such as Xbox Live Gold.
- On Xbox One, gamers will be able to use Cortana commands to find great new games, see what your friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks and turn on your Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On”.
- Top fan requested features for Xbox One, such as Language Region Independence (allowing gamers to choose any supported language, regardless of their location) and support for background music, will come with the Anniversary Update.
- Gamers can enjoy the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on the new Xbox One S. Available starting at $299 USD this summer, with a limited 2TB Xbox One S launch edition available in August for $399 USD, it’s the only console with support for HDR gaming and 4K Ultra HD video and Blu-ray.
Through its Xbox Play Anywhere service, you would be able to by a game once and play it on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with the ability to synchronise saved games and achievements. This is Microsoft’s attempt to leverage on its growing Windows 10 platform to take on its closest rival PlayStation. As reported earlier, Windows 10 now has about 350 million users just in time for its first anniversary with a prediction by Microsoft for that number to reach a billion by 2018.