Cross platform play between Xbox One and PC “makes a lot of sense,” Microsoft Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer has acknowledged.
A fully connected system is the way the industry is heading, elaborated Spencer, and Microsoft has learned a great deal from its past experiments with games like Shadow Run and Skulls of the Shogun.
“I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles],” said Spencer. “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.”
“This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going; 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.”