Microsoft clarifies just which games use Play Anywhere

Microsoft is – understandably – rather pleased with itself about its upcoming Play Anywhere feature… even if the program isn’t quite as widespread as first reported. The official description text for Xbox Play Anywhere has had to be edited, after originally referring to “every new title” coming to Xbox One.

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Play Anywhere games are available both on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and buying the game digitally on one platform will automatically unlock a copy on the other, with shared achievements and cloud saving. It’s an exciting new development, but a Microsoft spokesperson may have been a little too excited when they announced it.

An original statement from the publisher claimed that “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere”.

Now, a subtle edit to the official Windows Blog clarifies that “Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere” (our italics). When you think about how many new titles Microsoft Studios is working on and will release over the fullness of time, it’s an important distinction to make.

So, after that edit, here’s the full list of games from E3 that will support Xbox Play Anywhere when the service starts in September.

  • Gears of War 4
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • ReCore
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Scalebound
  • Killer Instinct – Season 3
  • State of Decay 2
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • Cuphead
  • We Happy Few
  • Crackdown 3

We’re guessing that more games will be added to that list as time passes – but for now, that’s it. Xbox Play Anywhere kicks off on September 13 – check out the (edited) Windows Blog for more details!

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