Xbox Play Anywhere to launch in September
July 4, 2016 // 1:08 p.m.
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Play Anywhere, a cross-platform purchasing platform which unlocks selected games on Windows 10 when purchased on an Xbox One and vice-versa, is to go live this September.
As part of its plan to push the Xbox One and Windows 10 pairing as the only choice for gamers, Microsoft announced Xbox Play Anywhere as part of its Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) keynote. At its heart, Xbox Play Anywhere is a cross-platform linked-purchase system: when a compatible game is purchased for the Xbox One players will be given the ability to install and play that same game on their Windows 10 devices free of charge, and similarly in the opposite direction.
Microsoft's plan goes beyond simply offering better value for money, though: compatible titles will also include cloud-powered save functionality, with both the Windows and Xbox versions of the game sharing a single cohesive save. As a result, progress on one platform will directly translate to the other - as will any add-ons or downloadable content.
Not all games will be Play Anywhere compatible, however: Microsoft has confirmed that at launch only ARK: Survival Evolved, Crackdown 3, Cuphead, Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, Killer Instinct Season 3, ReCore, Scalebound, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, and We Happy Few will be supported, and then only in their digitally-distributed guises. Disc-based copies of the same games, Microsoft has stated, will not qualify for Play Anywhere.
Xbox Play Anywhere is due to go live on the September 13, and will require the linked Windows 10 systems to be running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to qualify.