Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which has seen all first-party Xbox One games also playable on PC, has met with a mixed response. The games are pretty awesome (Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4) but folks are naturally wary of the Windows 10 Store, which has GFWL 2.0 plastered all over it. A lot of PC gamers have seen what happened with Quantum Break and are waiting for Steam versions of some games, but I don’t see this happening anytime soon. In fact, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer thinks it’s going to go the other way, saying that it’s only a matter of time until third-parties begin using Xbox Play Anywhere to bring their games to both platforms.
Speaking in an interview, Spencer said that smaller developers and indies were already fully onboard with the idea, that they “understand that selling their game and getting it out to as many people”.
Larger publishers of AAA games are a different matter entirely though. But Spencer believes they will adopt Xbox Play Anywhere in time as the service grows.
“I’d say some of the bigger traditional third party publishers, they want to see how this works out for us,” he said. “There’s always a fear that you’re ‘giving away two games for the price of one’.
“Really what you’re doing is you’re just allowing the customer you already have to play your game more often. In today’s world, engagement on games is more engagement on games, and is almost always a good thing, given multiplayer and the business models around those games.
“I think the third party big publisher adoption will happen in time.”
The natural assumption here is that this is a good thing, but we don’t know for sure how this system will develop. Play Anywhere on its own seems to have extremely limited cause for use, it’s only because the Microsoft games aren’t available anywhere else that they’re worth buying on the Windows Store. If they were also on Steam you can guarantee they’d sell practically zero through their own store. If a third party wants to launch a game on both PC and Xbox One, are they going to be free to release it on Steam alongside the Windows Store?
Microsoft’s confident Xbox Play Anywhere is a growing force then, do you think it’s got legs? Will third-parties be keen to adopt it? And what could this mean in terms of games not coming to over PC stores? Let us know what you think!
Source: PC Authority