Play Anywhere Release Date Finally Revealed, First-Party Support Confirmed

Play Anywhere, the Microsoft initiative that allows gamers to buy one copy of a game that plays on both Xbox and PC, has finally been given a release date. The feature, first announced at this year’s E3, further pushes Microsoft’s plan to bridge the gap between the two platforms.

Mark the date in your calendar – Play Anywhere launches on 13th September 2016.

Xbox Play Anywhere

The cross-buy plan also had a major boost after the Redmond tech heads announced that all games published by Microsoft will be Play Anywhere-compatible. That announcement came courtesy of Yusuf Medhi, who drew attention to the long-term Play Anywhere strategy in a Windows blog post, in which he stated that:

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 will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.

We already knew Gears of War 4 would be a Play Anywhere title, but the statement has Xbox fans wondering whether previously Xbox-exclusive games such as Halo would also appear on PC. And does this mean that Microsoft are going to start treating both Xboxers and PC gamers as equals, after criticism over its perceived lack of support for the latter? Guess we’ll find out mid-September.

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