Many of you may remember last month when Microsoft announced their new Play Anywhere during their E3 press conference. The functionality would allow anyone who purchased a game (on either Xbox One or PC) would get a copy for the opposite platform for free. In essence getting two versions of the game for the price of one. However, no other details were revealed like a launch date.
On Friday, Microsoft revealed to Polygon that the feature will go live on September 13th. For PC users, you will need to update your PC with the Windows 10’s anniversary update, which is slated to drop on August 2nd. Xbox One users will, also, require an update which is expected to be released shortly after.
The first Play Anywhere game will be ReCore, which launches on September 13. Other supported games will include Forza Horizon 3 (September 27), Gears of War 4 (October 11) and Halo Wars 2 (February 17, 2017).
While many people claim that Sony won the E3 event, many people can see that Microsoft has been making strides given that they are offering upgrades and extra content for free. Unlike Sony, Microsoft is offering backwards compatibility and now Play Anywhere.
“I always hesitate to be drawn into discussions of someone else’s strategy,” PlayStation president Andrew House recently said. “I’m more than happy to talk about our own strategy. Yes, there was a big emphasis from the folks at Microsoft on Xbox and PC cross-play. It remains to be seen whether there is latent large consumer demand for that.”