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Cross-buy coming to Windows; buy once, play on PC and Xbox One

Windows 10 Cross-buy

At GDC Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s leader when it comes to all things gaming, announced that a cross-buy system was coming to Microsoft platforms. Developers will be able to make games for both PC and Xbox One, and offer them on a ‘buy once, play on PC or console’ deal. 

Cross-buy won’t be mandatory, but any developer who has made a multi-platform game will be able to make use of it. The first game to feature the system will be PinballFX. Buy it on your Windows 10 PC, and it’ll also be in your Xbox One library. The system can be used for DLC, too, so any new tables you buy in PinballFX will be available on your PC and Xbox One copies. 

Following PinballFX will be MOBA Gigantic, which not only will be cross-buy enabled for any and all purchases you make in the game, but will also be cross-platform, allowing PC and Xbox players to play together. You'll have to opt-in on cross-platform play, though. If you don't want to play with people on another platform, you don't have to. 

“The games you own are the games you own,” said Spencer. “Play them on any device you own.” This mantra comes as part of Windows 10 offering a single, core OS, that will unify all of Microsoft’s hardware platforms. With a single app store accessible by all of Windows’ devices, many boundaries are removed. 

The new service will be called “Windows and Xbox Live”, which certainly conveys the merging of PC and console. 

A similar system has been in place over in Sony’s corner for a while now, with many Playstation games being able to be purchased once and then played on any of your Playstation consoles. It’s been exceptionally warmly received (especially with games that can be played on both a PS3 and a PS Vita, meaning home or away playing of the same game), and I expect Microsoft’s equivalent will see a similar reception. 

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Dog Pants Avatar
3 Years ago

That's not quite what I was hoping for. A unification of PC, tablet and phone would have converted me wholesale to Windows 10 (from a very diverse Windows, iOS, and Android respectively) if it meant a way of emulating my PC on the other devices, but this sounds more like an app store that will sell games that work on multiple platforms. If that's the case then sorry, another walled garden isn't a selling point for me.

QDP2 Avatar
3 Years ago

This isn't going to be a game changer (not in any stretch of the imagination), but it is a very welcome feature to see, combination of Windows and Xbox. If somehow Microsoft manage to link this with Steam then they may have something in their hands, but till then it will just be another feature for us XBone users to show off.

Jezcentral Avatar
3 Years ago

So where do MS get their console license fee that gets paid with each Xbox (or PS) game?

Fattox Avatar
3 Years ago

I wonder if tying the PC to Xbone like this might help with cross-platform releases? As in, stop them (often) coming to PC so many months later? Will MS tell devs they need to release on Xbone and PC at the same time, and finally make us all 'day 1' release gamers, finally?


A guy can dream...

Mountain_Man Avatar
3 Years ago

Or you can just hook your PC up to an HD television (or stream it).

Shriven Avatar
3 Years ago

Well, that IS interesting.