With Games For Windows Live Closing has the chances of cross-play between Xbox One and PC games increased?
Microsoft Quiet On Potential PC Cross-Play
With the Xbox One and even the PS4 already known to feature architecture similar to that of current high-end PC gaming rigs it would appear that previous limitation in cross-platform online play may be redundant.
Playing Titanfall or Call Of Duty with one of your friends running the game off their gaming laptop or PC while your in the sitting room playing your Xbox One or playing Fifa against a PlayStation owning mate may be a dream for many but is it realistic?
Well Major Nelson confirmed a while back that the Xbox One might get mouse and keyboard and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has done little to quell the rumours.
Xbox One and PC Online Compatibility:”I’m not allowed to leak things”
The Xbox One has already been confirmed as having Windows 8 features and cloud support and Phil Spencer was recently asked about any potential cross-play titles.
“I’m not allowed to leak things. 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.
“And then earlier this year we released Skulls of the Shogun, which was a game we launched on all three platforms on the same day, and you could start on one platform and then save the game to the Cloud and play across any of the screens and progress. And then Halo: Spartan Assault has some links between Halo 4 and Spartan Assault, even though they’re very different games.
“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.”
Microsoft Reassure Gamers About Kinect and Target Advertising
Meanwhile Microsoft have moved to squash rumours of any potential Kinect misuse.
An interview earlier this year had gamers worried that the Kinect would be gathering data to create targeted ads for Xbox users.
But Microsoft’s’ Director of Product Planning Albert Pinello have refuted these claims.
“I’ll say this – we take a lot of heat around stuff we’ve done and I can roll with it. Some of it is deserved. But preventing Kinect from being used inappropriately is something the team takes very seriously,” Pinello said.