‘We Are Incredibly Committed To Xbox Play Anywhere,’ Says Xbox Head Phil Spencer

‘I’m really committed to Xbox Play Anywhere, and it’s really great to see the third party support that we are getting.’

Posted By | On 18th, Feb. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


There are some who would argue that Microsoft’s strategy of putting all of their games on PC via Xbox Play Anywhere is counter productive, that it reduces incentives to actually invest in their hardware. Others will say that Microsoft is ahead of the curve here, that they are preparing for a hardware platform agnostic future. Still others think that this is just another pet project for Microsoft doomed to be abandoned soon, and fade into irrelevance- not unlike Kinect, or Games for Windows Live.

However, speaking at the Halo Wars 2 launch event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer refuted that notion, reiterating Xbox’s commitment to Play Anywhere. ‘The most important thing for me about Xbox Play Anywhere is letting you play games anywhere you want,’ he said. ‘And people will talk about it like, is it selling more games? Is it about monetization? I’m just like, I want our Xbox customers to be able to play their games, if they’re at a place in front of a PC, they can play, if they’re on console, they can play.

‘So we’re actually seeing it- you know, we shipped Gears, we shipped Forza, and we’re shipping Halo Wars 2, and of course there was Resident Evil 7… and we talk to our developers, and what they say is that the people who play on both platforms play more. And I think that’s validation of the program. It’s not about where customers buy their games, it’s not about whether PC is bigger or console, it’s just about giving people more opportunity to play. And I’m really committed to Xbox Play Anywhere, and it’s really great to see the third party support that we are getting.’

I can see Phil’s point- and there is definitely something to having a continuous gaming experience, no matter where you are. That is, in fact, one of the things that Nintendo is banking on with the upcoming Switch. But is it wise to divest all of your exclusives like this by also putting them on another platform? That remains to be seen, still.

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    Wonder IF ( or when ) MS will start charging PC gamers to use xbone / window 10 games online? People have to pay MS to use XBL for online gaming via console use, yet PC gamers at the moment have no charges that I am aware of BUT I bet that will soon change. Just hope when that happens other PC networks don’t follow suit, IE Steam as an example.

    • Psionicinversion

      console users have no choice but to go through MS servers. thats the big difference. It will never happen charging PC gamers cus the second they do that they may as well pack up there plans for putting there games on win10 and sod off back to console land.

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      Wait, I think custom servers are a thing since X360. If the devs wants to use their own servers they can, only relying on MS’ servers for log-in.

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      whats custom servers got to do with anything?? if you want to play ONLINE majority of the time you need to pay to play online same with sony. Although some games can play without a PSN or xbox live subscription which i dont know why. I remember when i was playing destiny on ps4 in 2014 and PSN sub ran out it cut me off the game and i had to pay for a sub to get back on it. Thats what im talking about, console users have no choice whatsoever, dont pay dont play!

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      Yeah subs can suck, PS3 still plays online for free yet PS4 needs online subs most of the time.

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      yeah they only brought it in with ps4. they must of seen how much money MS was making with it and wanted money for themselves

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      Agreed. MS started the online console payment subs and it spreads, hopefully it doesn’t spread to PC and IF it does hopefully PC gamers will not jump aboard.

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      Like I said consoles are 100% controlled by MS/Sony, there is no freedom with a console. On pc there are to many options and to many ways of getting around stuff that is trying to block you from doing something plus we have the option of giving the middle finger. If console only users did that well the only they can do is give up gaming.

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      Like I stated “Agreed”

      Sony and Microsoft are in full control of their ecosystem, and we all know using Steam is free, even though some games may have monthly fees. I remember when there was fees to play Eve Online which suddenly became free-to-play, but then Sony offers no need for PS+ subs to play free-to-play games either.

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      MS tried that before with GFWL, look what happened. But it also had loads of knock on effects like when they shut it down you couldnt play the games anymore unless it was patched out. Thats why people dont trust what MS are doing now and why they avoid it like the plague

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      I don’t game on Windows 10 unless I really have too.

      Example: I have Quantum Break on Xbone ( it is crap IMO on that console ) and I also have it on Steam which uses DX11 but runs so much better than Windows 10 DX12 version when using a Nvidia GPU. But like you say “Thats why people dont trust what MS are doing now and why they avoid it like the plague” and I agree.

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  • Mr Xrat

    “We’re incredibly committed to Wait Anywhere.”

    “There will be Xbox and PC exclusives.”

    Must be tough being Phil Spencer, stuck between an annoying, stupid fanbase and the board of executives breathing down his neck.

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