Xbox One and PC cross-play may be a possibillity
Microsoft's Phil Spencer has hinted that there may be the possibility of cross-platform multiplayer between the PC and the Xbox One.
The PC-based architecture of the Xbox One and the use of Windows 8 to power some of the Xbox One's features and cloud support have raised the possibility of cross-platform multiplayer between Microsoft's two main platforms.
When asked about the possibility of PC/Xbox One multiplayer he said, “I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense. Now you have differences in Windows gaming and console gaming around control and input… in fact if you go back to Shadow Run on Xbox 360 — something I worked on — we had PC players playing against Xbox 360 customers. We didn’t have tremendous success with that, but we learnt a lot from it.”
He went on, “And then earlier this year we released Skulls of the Shogun, which was a game we launched on all three platforms on the same day, and you could start on one platform and then save the game to the Cloud and play across any of the screens and progress. And then Halo: Spartan Assault has some links between Halo 4 and Spartan Assault, even though they’re very different games.”
“This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; you don’t have to do it as a developer, but you have the capability and I think a system like Xbox Live across all those screens where you know who someone is and who their friends are, what their Achievements are and their progression is really critical to that,” he concluded.
Cross-platform multiplayer between the PC and the Xbox 360 was mooted with the advent of Games For Windows Live especially back around the time of the release of Shadowrun back in 2007.