Xbox One advantages with PC cross play in 2014

If you are excited about Microsoft’s interesting cloud features for Xbox One which may now introduce Xbox 360 game streaming to the console, things may be about to get even better in 2014. We’re hearing whispers that cross-play titles with PC may be possible on the console, merging both communities in what would obviously be a ground-breaking achievement for the company.

It is early days yet, but Microsoft’s Phil Spencer appears to have hinted that this could be a future feature of the Xbox One console at a later date. When speaking to AusGamers recently and directly asked if cross-play was possible thanks to the new PC-like architecture of the system as well as Windows 8 features in tact, the Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios had this to say in reply:

“I’m not allowed to leak things [smiles]. But I think what you’re talking about makes a lot of sense. This connected ecosystem across all the different devices is definitely where I think the future of gaming is going.”

He could have chose to basically say no to the question, but obviously he didn’t and it provides a great amount of excitement for those intrigued about this possibility in the future.

Just imagine Valve announcing the likes of Left for Dead 3 on PC and Xbox One, but the beauty of it being fully merged with both platforms, allowing both sets of users to connect to the same servers. It would be amazing if it happened – even on games like Counter-Strike too which could bring that back into the fold after Global Offensive.

More to this box than meets the eye?
More to this box than meets the eye?

PS3 users have been dreaming of this possibility as well, but it looks like Microsoft may have the first say on cross-play with PC. Could this be Microsoft’s big plan to win over fans with the Xbox One by offering PC cross-play in 2014?

As we await more whispers on this prospect, give us your reaction on how big this could potentially be. What games in your opinion would be great for PC/Xbox One cross-play?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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