Xbox Live Play Anywhere Adds Windows 10 Crossover Play + New Features
Xbox Live’s service is getting a huge update with many new features coming for players.
First up is the big one – Xbox Play Anywhere. This is Microsoft’s new move to bridge Xbox One and Windows 10 players. Now, if you buy any Xbox One game digitally, then you can play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs without paying any additional fees. Even better, all games save to the Xbox Live cloud and will sync with your Windows 10 copy.
Some games will now also support cross-play for cooperative and multiplayer game modes, such as Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, and ARK: Survival Evolved.
Cortana will be coming to Xbox One, too, bringing the voice assistant’s controls to the Xbox One’s pre-existing voice control.
Microsoft also announced Xbox Live Clubs, LFG, and Arena.
Clubs allows gamers to connect with others of the same interests and keep communicating and playing with them. This may be some sort of group or clan-like system.
LFG stands for “Looking for Group” and allows players to find other players for certain missions or game modes in-game. This helps out with certain games like Destiny, which doesn’t have its own in-game LFG capability.
Arena is a new tournament platform to discover and take part in publisher-established tournaments for competitive titles.
Lastly, gamers will finally be able to play their own background music while gaming, with the ability to mute out a game’s music. This feature was added to the Playstation 4 last year.