Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has truly become a versatile company in more ways than one. They’ve managed to compete on the international level and have taken steps to target new markets, such as video games. Unfortunately, the company’s mobile sector venture hasn’t been fruitful, but they’ve established themselves as one of the major brands within the gaming scene. The Xbox is a success throughout the world and PC gaming has also stabilized. Microsoft wants to interlink the Xbox experience with their Windows 10 operating system with the upcoming release of Play Anywhere.
Gamers will be able to utilize the new Play Anywhere feature on September the 13th of 2016. Gamers will need to meet a few qualifications, before they’ll be able to access this feature however. For starters, they’ll need to complete the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition update, which will be made available on August the 2nd of this year. The consumer’s Xbox console will also need to be updated. Despite the launch date being set in stone, only a single game will be compatible with the feature upon its release. ReCore, which will release in correlation with Play Anywhere, will be the first and only compatible game.
So, what is it all about? Well, once gamers have purchased one a digital title, which is available on the Xbox One and Windows 10, the gamer will gain access to both versions of the game. In-game progress will be seamlessly shared between both console and PC, so gamers can shut down their Xbox One and start from their saved location on their Windows computer. The official website for Play Anywhere shows that Microsoft plans to make many games available on the platform. Crackdown 3, We Happy Few, State of Decay 2, and Sea of Thieves all fall onto this list.
Will the new feature be enough to sway Sony PlayStation 4 owners or would-be PlayStation 4 buyers to stray over to Microsoft? Only time will tell, but the prospect of being able to play on one device and switching to another without losing any data is definitely exciting.