E3: Microsoft's Play Anywhere weaves your Windows 10 and Xbox One games together

Buy once, play anywhere

Microsoft’s made no secret it wants to push the Xbox and PC platforms closer together, with Windows 10 acting as the glue cementing the two. That plan took a huge leap forward today, though: During Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference, the company announced support for certain Xbox One games on the PC.

No, not via streaming. They're actually coming to the PC.

It’s called “Xbox Play Anywhere” (why not “PC Play Anywhere”?) and is similar to the cross-buy offer that allowed you to buy Quantum Break for Xbox One and get a copy for the PC. This capability is of course locked to the Windows Store, which is a shame. But the upside? Some games you purchase for the Xbox One will automatically populate cross-buy on the PC (and vice-versa).

Installation is as easy as popping into the Windows Store and going to your Library tab, where you’ll find all your Play Anywhere games populated. Your saved games will also make the transition over from console to PC and back again, and players on both platforms will be able to play games together.

Currently the program is mostly made up of Microsoft’s first-party titles, with a few smaller indies thrown in for good measure. But that’s still quite a crop of games, including Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Gears of War 4, Scalebound, Sea of Thieves, and We Happy Few.

Now the main question is whether the games will work properly. I love Quantum Break, but its PC port left quite a bit to be desired—as did Gears of War Ultimate Edition. Microsoft’s going to need to be a bit more stringent with its port certification if this whole cross-buy initiative is going to be a success.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Xbox OneMicrosofte3

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Hayden Dingman

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?