Phil Spencer Talks The Future Of Xbox Play Anywhere

Last week head of Xbox division Phil Spencer met with Austrailian site PC Authority for an interview, with the main topic of conversation primarily focusing on Xbox’s latest initiative Xbox Play Anywhere. This new initiative is aiming to bridge the gap between gamers from both PC and Xbox communities.


Xbox Play Anywhere is an initiative allowing  consumers to cross-buy their games, therefore allowing  you to play your games on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. There will also be a feature to allow you to retain any progress you made in those games when you switch platform. For the time being however only first party and indie developers have signed on. But during last week’s interview, Spencer talked about how adoption by big third party publishers (such as Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard etc.) will come in time.


” I think the indies understand that selling their game and getting it out to as many people and getting as many people playing their game as possible is a real benefit. So we’re definitely seeing a really good update in Play Anywhere with the ID program. I’d say some of the bigger traditional third party publishers, they want to see how this works out for us. There’s always a fear that ‘are you giving away two games for the price of one?’ I’ll say I think there are very few people that actually buy a game twice, once on PC and once on console. So really what you’re doing is you’re just allowing the customer you already have to play your game more often.”


So it looks like Phil Spencer is feeling happy about how Xbox Play Anywhere has been received so far whilst also remaining positive for the future of the initiative. So have you been using Xbox Play Anywhere with games like ReCore, Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4? If so, what’s your opinion so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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