Microsoft Introduces Xbox Play Anywhere And New Xbox Live Features

By Ben Terrett, 1 year ago
During Microsoft's E3 Briefing today, the company unveiled a host of new features coming to Xbox Live over the next few months. Also announced was the "Xbox Play Anywhere" program, which allows players to purchase a game once, and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10. Not only that, but progress, game saves, and achievements are all shared between both platforms.


The games below have all been confirmed so far to support Xbox Play Anywhere.

  • Gears of War 4
  • Killer Instinct
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Recore
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Halo Wars 2
  • State of Decay 2
  • Scalebound
Coming to Xbox Live over the next several months (and available to some extent for Preview members right now) are a number of new features. I'll leave it to the folks at Xbox Wire to describe them:

Clubs on Xbox Live. A new way to connect with gamers and create private communities with people who have similar play styles, personal interests and values.

Looking for Group on Xbox Live. Like a “want ad” for multiplayer, Looking for Group on Xbox Live is the easiest way to seek out players who are available — and qualified — to jump into your multiplayer match right now.

Arena on Xbox Live. A new online tournaments platform designed for everyone, from novice to aspiring pro, Arena on Xbox Live brings competitive gaming to Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Sign up for tournaments directly through the Xbox UI or the Xbox app and play for prizes and bragging rights.

Cross-play. Gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 can now play select multiplayer games together. Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves and Scalebound all support cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and now Minecraft players on iOS, Android, Windows 10 phone and Windows 10 devices can all join together in cross-device multiplayer fun.

Cortana on Xbox One. We’re bringing the popular digital assistant Cortana to Xbox One, featuring familiar voice commands available on Windows 10 devices and new gaming-specific scenarios for Xbox One. Cortana will initially launch on Xbox One in the U.S. and U.K. with additional markets coming soon after.

PC games (Win32) in Xbox Live. With the Xbox update coming this summer you’ll see the top PC games on Xbox Live, with more added every month. Use the Xbox app to see what PC games your friends are playing, view game clips and upload your own, and message and voice chat with friends across games.

Language Region Independence. Based on overwhelming fan feedback, we’re enabling Language Region Independence to give gamers even more control over their Xbox experience and how they engage with their Xbox One. Language Region Independence gives gamers the freedom to choose any supported language on Xbox One, regardless of their location.
Not included on the Xbox Wire list, but mentioned during the E3 Briefing, is Background Music, which will also come in a future console update. Thanks to Elyoh in the comments for reminding us of this.

Let us know what you think about Microsoft's push for Windows 10 integrated gaming in the comments below.
Ben Terrett
Written by Ben Terrett
Ben has been a Newshound with TrueGaming Network since March 2015. A British expat living in the US, he can now be found in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Between 2011 and 2012, Ben worked for Rockstar North as a QA Tester on GTA V, but is still bitter that his name was left out of the credits.