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Microsoft has announced at it’s E3 2016 conference, Play Anywhere. If a game is labeled Play Anywhere you will be able to buy it digitally for either PC or Xbox One, but be able to play the game on both platforms. The first game revealed to be a Play Anywhere game was Gears of War 4. All of your saves and progress from playing on one platform will carry over to the other, so no need to worry about losing progress in your games when switching between the two. 

Play Anywhere Microsoft

This looks to be exclusive to Xbox One or Windows exclusive games games, but time will tell if Play Anywhere will be available on multi-platform games as well. Looking back, Quantum Break seems to have been the first test of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere system, since you could buy it for either platform and play it on both. Other than Killer Instinct, there has also been no word yet on whether Microsoft will apply Play Anywhere to games that have already been released. 

Update: 

Play Anywhere games:

  • Gears of War 4
  • Killer Instinct
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Scalebound
  • Sea of Thieves 
  • Recore
  • Cuphead
  • The Culling
  • Everspace
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • State of Decay 2
  • Halo Wars 2
  • We Happy Few
  • Crackdown 3

This system will allow people who have one platform, but have friends who play on another, to be able to switch between PC and Xbox One in order to play with their friends without paying for another copy of the game. This will probably rub some gamers the wrong way since it could make them feel that Xbox One exclusivity has less meaning now that the games will also be available on PC, but we still do not know whether Microsoft will stop making Xbox One sole exclusives. 


Find more of our E3 coverage at our E3 2016 Coverage Hub.


Kyle Downey

Staff Writer

Staff Writer looking to keep you both informed and entertained. Favorite games include: Pokemon, Overwatch, Golden Sun, Portal, and Elder Scrolls.