Microsoft may or may not be hiding an ace up their sleeve in the form of cross platform play between the Xbox One and PC.
That is, if you’re read to believe whatever Phil Spencer has to say. The corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios has had a tough time recuperating after the initial disaster of a reveal the Xbox One had earlier this year. Much of what was said was taken back and much of what was promised was delayed.
Still, seeing that the Xbox One now features an architecture similar to that of the PC, it only makes one wonder if the possibility of cross platform play would arise sometime in the future. Heck, Windows 8 already is seamlessly integrated with the Xbox portal.
In a recent interview with Ausgamers, Spencer was asked, “With Games For Windows Live shuttering and Windows 8 being a kind of ubiquitous OS for Microsoft products, is there any chance we’ll start seeing cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC now that the architecture is so similar and with, as you mentioned, the expanded Cloud capabilities server-side?”
Phil responded, “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.”
Take whatever meaning you get from that.