Microsoft Announces No More Xbox-Exclusive Titles!
Remember the days when you would purchase Halo and Gears of War and know that you were not only going to have a one of a kind experience on your console but anyone else not on an Xbox couldn’t? Those days are now gone! Corporate VP for Windows Yusuf Mehdi has made it clear that with it’s “Xbox Play Anywhere” program, those famed Xbox-exclusive games will also be available on the Windows Store as well. “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store” Mehdi stated. These games will launch simultaneously on PC as well as console. The question though is, “does this make the Xbox One irrelevant?”
The much-touted new format for Microsoft games allows them to be purchased on Xbox One and automatically include a free copy of the same game on Windows 10, where progress and achievements are shared across the platforms.
With all the Xbox exclusives now being on the Windows Store, is there any reason to own a Xbox console? Microsoft’s concept appears to be “as long as you are playing on either a Windows 10 or Xbox One” that’s good enough for them. If someone were to have a powerful PC, they could easily jump on a PS4 and have the whole spectrum of console games and PC games covered. Stranger still is Microsoft’s march toward creating a console that is itself the rough equivalent of a gaming PC with the powerful Project Scorpio, capable of 4K gaming and rumored VR support.
Microsoft is being very generous though by bridging the gap between platforms and presenting all former Xbox-exclusives as a “but one, get one free” sale by giving away the game on the other platform. I believe though Microsoft will have to provide some support to developers who are looking to take part in the program to better enable the connection between the platforms. This would also help port over games that have never been on PC before to provide a smoother transition.
It is strange that Microsoft is moving in a path where they are pushing their console as “you don’t have to have it” platform. I will be curious to see how the market adapts to it. There are still a ton of players who would rather have a console and not have to maintain a gaming rig PC and may not even have the ability to take advantage of Play Anywhere. It’s hard to believe that this would make the Xbox in danger of some form of extinction but until the program is in full effect, we will have to see where this all goes.
Either way, with new consoles on the horizon and Play Anywhere on its way, it’s a great time to be a gamer!
If you are a Xbox console gamer, let us know how you feel about not having console exclusives anymore? Is getting a PC port of the game for free worth it? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below.
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