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Microsoft Changes Description Of Xbox Play Anywhere Support

by Mike Guarino

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It was a very big deal when Microsoft revealed the Xbox Play Anywhere program, as it meant that every Microsoft Studios-published game would allow you to play the game on both Xbox One and PC with cross-play and cross-save. However, a new change to the program’s description now gives it a very different meaning.

The original description for the program said that “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere,” though it has since been changed to “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere…”

That definitely narrows the field in terms of upcoming games that will support the Xbox Play Anywhere program, though the following is a complete list of games that will:

  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Crackdown 3
  • The Culling
  • Cuphead
  • Everspace
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Killer Instinct – Seasons 1, 2 and 3
  • Phantom Dust
  • ReCore
  • Scalebound
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Slime Rancher
  • State of Decay 2
  • We Happy Few

Here’s how the program works:

“When you buy an Xbox Play Anywhere digital game through the Xbox Store or the Windows Store, it’s yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC at no additional cost. To take advantage of Xbox Play Anywhere, you will need to have installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition update on your PC, as well as the latest update on your Xbox One console. Then, simply log into your Xbox Live/Microsoft account and your Xbox Play Anywhere games will be available to download.”

Now this doesn’t completely close the door on bringing all Microsoft Studios games to PC, though it seems like they’re backing up a little from committing to releasing every single one of their games on PC.

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