As Xbox boss Phil Spencer assured in a recent interview, Microsoft is still convinced of the strengths of the Xbox Play Anywhere offer. In spite of this, the company does not want to exert any pressure on third-party suppliers or do not urge them to use the service.
On the E3 last year, Microsoft announced a new service for Xbox One owners and Windows 10 users with the so-called “Xbox Play Anywhere” offer.
To get “Xbox Play Anywhere”, a supported title in the digital version must be downloaded from the Xbox Live Marketplace or from the Windows 10 Store. One of the benefits of “Xbox Play Anywhere” titles is that you get the other free of charge when you buy one. In addition, cross-platform games, multiplayer servers and achievements are included.
Xbox Play Anywhere: Microsoft exerts no pressure on third parties
While titles from Microsoft now make use of “Xbox Play Anywhere”, many third-party players are still back. Among the most popular third-party titles supporting the offer are “Resident Evil 7” or the “Middle Earth: Shadows of War”, which appears in October. Despite all, Microsoft would not want to exert any pressure on third-party players, as Xbox boss Phil Spencer assures.
“We’re not going to be merciless about this, and we’re going to use it, and if it’s interesting for consumers, and if developers find it interesting, it’s going to work,” says Spencer.
With a look at the value added by the Xbox Play Anywhere program, Spencer says, “I really can not see a world where I get people to buy Gears of War twice – once for The console and once for the PC, which just does not suit me. “