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Microsoft Suspiciously Coy About Xbox One PC Cross-Play

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Jonathan Lester
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Cross-Play, PC, Xbox One

Microsoft Suspiciously Coy About Xbox One PC Cross-Play

Spencer: "I'm Not Allowed To Leak Things..."

Windows 8 and Xbox One both use the Metro GUI and Microsoft IDs. Xbox One has a PC-like architecture and integrated cloud save support. So it isn't out of the question to wonder whether we could eventually see cross-play between Microsoft's next-gen console and PCs on certain games.

A possibility that looks much more likely after a coy little tease from Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer.

AusGamers asked Spencer was quizzed whether cross-play titles are part of Microsoft's strategy. “I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]," he replied suggestively. "But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense. Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input… in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 — something I worked on — we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didn’t have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it."

“And then earlier this year we released Skulls of the Shogun, which was a game we launched on all three platforms on the same day, and you could start on one platform and then save the game to the Cloud and play across any of the screens and progress. And then Halo: Spartan Assault has some links between Halo 4 and Spartan Assault, even though they’re very different games.

“This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you don’t have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that.”

An interesting non-answer, perhaps, but one that's worth bearing in mind. Microsoft has laid the groundwork for Xbox One/PC cross-play... so we'll eventually find out whether it was part of a master plan or perhaps complete coincidence on their part. More as we hear it.

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Rubisco  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:21

If that's their plan then why shut down Games for Windows Live instead of using it as a base to build upon?

JonLester  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:33

To bring it all under a single marketplace/umbrella, I assume. They've been rebranding like crazy recently, what with Xbox Music etc, so they'll possibly look to do the same here.

Guesswork on my part, but that's my two cents.

imdurc  Oct. 9, 2013 at 12:42

If that's their plan then why shut down Games for Windows Live instead of using it as a base to build upon?


Because everyone on pc hates GFWL.

Anarchist  Oct. 9, 2013 at 13:01

This *could* be the killer feature that MS desperately need. Cross platform play with PC would be a massive bonus.

Rubisco  Oct. 9, 2013 at 13:26

To bring it all under a single marketplace/umbrella, I assume. They've been rebranding like crazy recently, what with Xbox Music etc, so they'll possibly look to do the same here.

Guesswork on my part, but that's my two cents.
It's not a rebrand though. They've shut down a service (albeit an unpopular one) and prompted devs to start migrating their back catalogue (albeit small) across to their main competitor's service.

It not only hands business to Valve directly, it cements a worrying precedent for consumers that long-term use of products bought from Microsoft is subject to Microsoft's whims.

The sane thing to have done would be to wait until the new service was announced to discontinue the old one and move as much of the back catalogue across as contracts allow.

DivideByZero  Oct. 9, 2013 at 15:50

This *could* be the killer feature that MS desperately need. Cross platform play with PC would be a massive bonus.


Yeah, until controller players have their a*** handed to them by the keyboard and mouse players and suddenly they hate the feature.

If they did this, they would have to include Keyboard and Mouse support for games... and that would be a killer feature from my point of view.

Anarchist  Oct. 9, 2013 at 23:47

This *could* be the killer feature that MS desperately need. Cross platform play with PC would be a massive bonus.


Yeah, until controller players have their a*** handed to them by the keyboard and mouse players and suddenly they hate the feature.

If they did this, they would have to include Keyboard and Mouse support for games... and that would be a killer feature from my point of view.


In a way I agree, but with the recent trend of aim assist (have you seen it on gta v...?) I don't think it would be too difficult to ultimately balance the platforms. Sure. Some people would cry unfair, and maybe it would be. But casuals wouldn't be too far off the mark.

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