Friday 9 December 2016

Microsoft bringing the best games to Xbox One and PC

Daniel Anderson

Published 01/03/2016 | 15:03

Ori and the Blind Forest
Ori and the Blind Forest

Microsoft has announced their plans to support gaming across the platforms of Xbox One and Windows 10 with a host of new titles and features

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PC gaming never really went away but with a new initiative from Microsoft it's set to really hit the limelight again in 2016 and beyond.

The company held a major showcase in San Francisco last week to demonstrate their plans for a connected gaming ecosystem across Xbox One and PCs with Windows 10. The tip of the iceberg is to bring synced save states and shared friends lists to both systems but there's a lot more to come.

Xbox head Phil Spencer had this to say: "At Xbox we believe gamers should be able to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want. Making more of our popular games available for gamers to play on either Xbox One or Windows 10, each powered by Xbox Live, is another important step towards this vision. We are committed to delivering amazing gaming experiences for gamers who play on consoles, PCs or both."

It's a big plan and it won't happen over night but it's definitely a positive move for gamers everywhere, with faster availability of AAA titles on PC, something which has been an issue for years. And it's a great move for Microsoft as well, drawing in more people into their ecosystem and giving folks more reasons to pick up Windows 10 while its still free.

Right now it's all about the games, and the lineup starts with Gears of War Ultimate Edition - which launches on PC today. It's a totally remastered version of the much loved game and it looks pretty stunning. Over the coming weeks and months a number of high profile games will be debuting on Windows 10 right when they're hitting Xbox One, and you'll be easily able to swap back and forth between them. Coming up:

  • Forza Motorsport 6 Apex - a free to play version of Forza
  • Killer Instinct Season 3 - violent fighting with some Halo cameos, coming March 29th
  • Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Editiion - more time with an even better version of this gorgeous platformer, set for March 11th
  • Quantum Break - from the team behind Max Payne a time bending action game with some incredible visuals, coming April 10th

There's a whole lot more to come from Xbox and Windows 10 and it looks like an exciting time to be a gamer on either platform - and even better if you're on both!

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