Microsoft introduced a very interesting service at last year’s E3: Xbox Play Anywhere. This service allows select games on Xbox One and Windows 10 to basically share the same DNA between each platform. That means that you can play any XPA title on either your Xbox One console or Windows 10 PC without having to buy two different versions.
If you decide to swap between both platforms, then your data will sync. It’s a pretty great service and I’ve been using it to play Forza Horizon 3. Even so, there aren’t many Xbox Play Anywhere titles as of yet. The majority of those that are currently avaliable are first-party games. So, what about third-party titles? According to the Xbox Boss, the functionality is open to these other studios, it’s just up to them to decide whether they want to use it or not.
Here’s what Phil Spencer had to say when asked about the situation on Twitter:
3Ps have the option today, we fully support XPA for any game. 3Ps will react to what their customers ask for.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) June 29, 2017
What’s probably stopping most developers from opting to use the service is the fact that XPA titles are tied to the Windows Store on PC. It’s not as open-ended or nearly as robust as other online platforms like Steam, which would obviously be a big deterrent for most games. Perhaps more developers will eventually warm up to the idea if Microsoft becomes a bit more lenient, but we’ll just have to wait and see.