At E3 last week Microsoft announced the Xbox Live Play Anywhere system. This new system allows you to be able to seamlessly play games that you own on either your home Xbox One or on your Windows PC, without having to buy a separate copy.
The system will work like this: if you buy an Xbox digital title that’s part of the Xbox Live Play Anywhere system you’ll be able to pick it up and take it with you on your PC, with the same amount of progress and the same achievements, without having to buy it again for your PC.
Xbox Live Play Anywhere also doesn’t require you to have Xbox Live Gold, allowing you to access Play Anywhere without having to spend money on an Xbox Live Gold Membership.
Many of Microsoft’s upcoming games will be part of the Play Anywhere system when they release. These include Gears of War 4, ReCore, Scalebound, Halo Wars 2 (despite 343 saying otherwise), Killer Instinct Season 3, Crackdown 3, We Happy Few, and more. If you want to see the entire list of games that will be available, you can just go to the Xbox Play Anywhere part of the official Xbox website.
However, the system does have limits. Like we said earlier the Xbox Live Play Anywhere project, while giving you games for free on PC if you already own them on the Xbox One, is only for digital games. If you try and buy them through retail you’ll have to buy them again. You also won’t be able to grind for gamerscore with each of them one at a time.
However, considering how handy it will be for people that like to take their PCs on the go and want to still play with their friends, these “limitations” are a minor annoyance at best.
In order to use the Play Anywhere system you will need to have installed the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition to your PC, so you should get ready for it to come out.