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Xbox One, PC cross-platform play makes sense

by on October 14, 2013
 

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“Cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC makes a lot of sense” said Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice-president. But why? Well, because they are both based on a operating system developed by Microsoft.

Well, he tried to explain us why would this system work and why it wouldn’t. Care to know? Read below.

“I’m not allowed to leak things,” Spencer said with a smile. “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.
“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,” he went on. “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.”

“Auxiliary” crossover – like that you’ll find in Battlefield 4, which allows Xbox One players to Command the troops via a tablet – isn’t quite the same as direct head-to-head between platforms, however. In the event, how would Microsoft balance the playing field to ensure that PC players tapping away at hotkeys don’t simply outpace those who bring a controller to the fight?

Well, one way of doing that would be to equip Xbox One with mouse and controller support. “I’ll write it down,” Spencer commented. “We don’t have anything to announce right now, but I’ll write it down: So you want keyboard and mouse support on Xbox One?”

Do you think that cross-platform play will be a real future for Xbox One and PC users? Or just an epic fail. Thanks to AusGamers for the interview with Phil Spencer!

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